Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

The Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, offered by the College of Education, allows students to seek an advanced degree in a variety of specializations. The program focuses on curricular issues as a field of inquiry and develops strengths in the areas of understanding and addressing the complex and multiple questions that influence curriculum theory, design, development, delivery, assessment, and evaluation.

Program Overview

  • 36 hours master's program with or without thesis
    • 3 hours of research
    • 3 hours of college foundations
    • 15 hours from the specialization concentration
    • 15 hours of C&I coursework
    • Thesis option: 9 hours of C&I coursework and 6 hours of thesis
  • Coursework is completed online.
  • Prerequisite: bachelor's degree
  • Students are not required to enroll in a certain number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by individual.
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University. New students may enroll at the beginning of any one of the four semesters throughout the year.

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least two months prior to projected initial enrollment.

1. Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School as a master's student. When asked to select a major, be sure to choose the degree entry that corresponds to your area of interest, followed by the word online.

  • Complete the Graduate Admissions Application.
  • $60 initial application fee or $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program requests, or readmission requests).
  • Applicants must have unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended sent to Texas Tech University Graduate School. If you are admitted, you will then be required to submit official transcripts.
  • Students planning to pursue a master's degree are strongly encouraged to submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the Graduate School, but GRE scores are not required for the application.
  • The admissions process is viewed holistically by the College of Education and the Graduate School, so there is no stated minimum GRE or GPA requirement.
  • All international applicants must provide proof of English proficiency before their applications can be considered for admission. A list of acceptable exams can be found on the Graduate School International Prospective Student webpage. This test is waived only for graduates of U.S. universities or universities in English proficiency-exempt countries. Applicants who have completed at least two consecutive years at a college or university in the U.S. or in an English proficiency-exempt country are also exempt from the English proficiency requirement.

2. Apply to Texas Tech University's College of Education.

  • Apply through the College of Education.

3. Apply for financial aid and/or scholarships and College of Education Graduate Scholarships.

  • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid.

4. Upon your acceptance into the Graduate School and the College of Education, you will work with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan. If you receive notification of rejection, you may contact the Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research for advisement regarding the admissions appeals process.

  • The Graduate School and the College of Education will notify you of your admissions status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.
  • If you receive notification of rejection, you may contact the Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research for advisement regarding the admissions appeals process.

Interested in taking only one or two courses? Use Texas Tech University's Graduate Temporary Status to apply and take as many as 12 credit hours without completing the application process to a degree program.

Program Requirements

Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree

Courses are offered in two-year cycles beginning each fall. Students usually take two courses per semester. There are no required on-campus classes; however, opportunities for face-to-face meetings with faculty members and students will be provided throughout the program.

36 HOUR NON-THESIS OPTION

  • EDCI 5320 Curriculum Theory, online, 2x/year
  • EPSY 5323 Cultural Foundations in Education, online, 3x/year
  • EDCI 5362 Curriculum & the Media online, 1x/year
  • EDCI 5380 Action Research in Education, online, 3x/year
  • EDCI 5375 Creativity in the Curriculum, online, 1x/year
  • EDCI 5321 Curriculum Theory: Design and Development, Fall 2014, 1x/year
  • EDCI 5333 Improving the Teaching of Thinking, Fall 2014, 1x/year
  • EDCI 5306 (6 hours) Seminar in Curriculum & Instruction, online, 3x/year
  • EDCI 5330 Ethics and Education, online, 1x/year
  • EDCI 6331 John Dewey's Theory of Education, online, 1x/year
  • EDCI 5335 Models of Teaching, Fall 2014, 1x/year
  • EDCI 5306 Seminar in Curriculum & Instruction, online, 3x/year

36 HOUR THESIS OPTION

  • EDCI 6000 Master's Thesis (6 hours) instead of 6 hours from above, 3x/year

Degrees Offered

Masters (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction

Specializations in:

  • Language and Literacy
  • Bilingual/ESL

Modes of Delivery

Non-cohort distance education: This is for students who are interested in a flexible and individualized schedule. The students are able to take the courses at their own pace. All courses are delivered online.

On-campus students: This is for students who wish to have their courses delivered face-to-face but can also take the occasional online course.

Career Opportunities With This Degree

A Master's in Curriculum and Instruction may prepare you to work as a teacher, trainer, or education researcher. The degree can also lead to work in academia, government and business.

Semester in which the program can be started

Continuous enrollment, students may begin coursework during any semester.

Estimated Hours to Completion

The master's degree consists of 36 hours of coursework.

Allowable Transfer Hours

6 hours maximum.

Financial Aid

Scholarships and assistantships for doctoral students are available through the Office of Graduate Education and Research in the College of Education.

Program taught in:
English
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