Learn how to develop research-based curriculum and instructional practices. Our Master of Arts (M.A.) program encourages reflection and creativity, challenging you to think about what should be taught, how it should be taught, and why it should be taught.

You will gain knowledge and skills through small seminars, independent projects, and specialized areas of study. Best of all, our flexible degree program gives you the opportunity to take courses across the Morgridge College of Education, so you can customize your studies and focus on a distinct area of interest.

Specific areas of study include:

  • Curriculum Studies
  • Mathematics Education (Ideal if you want to become a leader in mathematics education, both in terms of theory and research, as well as practice (e.g., K–12 inquiry-based instruction and professional development). Mathematics courses specific to the needs of K–6 teachers also are available.)
  • Gifted Education
  • Innovative Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning (such as aesthetic learning and arts in education)
  • Foundations of Education (philosophy, history, and sociology)
  • Social Justice and Equity
  • Early Childhood Special Education

If your interests lie outside of these areas, you still have many options. Our experienced faculty will help you develop a coursework plan that supports your learning needs and professional goals.


The program learning outcomes for the Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction are as follows:

  • Inclusive Excellence: Create systems of empowerment to improve educational outcomes for diverse students, families, and communities, especially those who are or have been marginalized.
  • Research: Critically analyze and conduct rigorous research to address educational inequities.
  • Leadership & Advocacy: Act as an agent of change.
  • Curriculum: Design, implement, and evaluate curriculum that supports learning for all students.
  • Instruction: Design, implement, and evaluate effective and equitable instructional practices.
  • Assessment: Design, implement, and evaluate assessments to guide instruction and improve student learning.

You will need to complete 45-quarter credit hours. Nine of these quarter credit hours must be in a specific cognate area. These areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Aesthetics
  • Cultural Linguistic Diversity
  • Gifted Education
  • K–6 Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Special Education

You must also complete at comprehensive exam at the end of your coursework.


Two to three years


Department Chair
Dr. Rashida Banerjee
303-871-6597, KRH 245

Academic Services Associate
Kara Duggan

Admissions Contact
Noah Schlueter
303-871-2509, KRH 110
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