Curriculum & Instruction

Casey Parker headshot and award name

Curriculum & Instruction student Casey Parker received the James W. Lanham Book Award for Excellence in Curriculum & Instruction during SPCS Night 2021, the school’s annual graduation awards ceremony.

Our Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (M.Ed. C&I) is designed for licensed educators who wish to be leaders in their field by learning to use appropriate techniques to motivate and encourage learners.

The program incorporates the study of curriculum development and integrates assessment and evaluation, instructional leadership, effective classroom instruction for a variety of learners, and critical issues within the field of education.

Admission to the program is open to qualified applicants with a baccalaureate degree or to qualified applicants who have completed the graduate certificate in Teacher Licensure Preparation. It is recommended that applicants to the program have a strong foundational knowledge in K-12 education demonstrated by possessing a valid teaching license or K-12 classroom teaching experience.

Students in the program may also complete courses related to ESL, gifted education and special education toward an additional endorsement.

Program Details

  • Requirements

    M.Ed.-C&I Program of Study

    Total: 30 semester hours

    Core Courses

    18 semester hours

    • EDUC 650U Advanced Educational Psychology
    • EDUC 651U Assessment and Accountability
    • EDUC 652U Differentiated Instruction
    • EDUC 660U Curriculum Development
    • EDUC 653U Issues, Ethics and Policy in Education
    • EDUC 661U Instructional Leadership

    Elective Courses

    6 semester hours. Elective options vary by semester based on school division requests and needs within the field of education.

    Research Experience

    6 semester hours

    • EDUC 680U Content Specialization and Research I
    • EDUC 681U Content Specialization and Research II

    Capstone Experience

    Comprehensive Written Examination to be completed during the final semester.

  • Endorsement Options

    Add-on Endorsements

    Students in the Master of Teaching and M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction programs may complete coursework related to ESL, gifted education and special education toward an add-on endorsement. Consult with your academic advisor to develop a personalized plan of study, and discuss the additional Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requirements for an add-on endorsement.

    Gifted Education

    12 semester hours. M.Ed. students may be able to substitute courses as an alternative for a portion of Core Courses.

    • EDUC 555U Curriculum for Talented and Gifted Education
    • EDUC 562U Special Populations of Gifted Students
    • EDUC 563U Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted Student
    • EDUC 570U Foundations of Gifted Education

    Special Education, General Curriculum Elementary

    9 semester hours. M.Ed. students may be able to substitute courses as an alternative for a portion of Core Courses.

    • EDUC 565U Foundations and Legal Aspects of Special Education
    • EDUC 571U Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education
    • EDUC 574U Understanding and Implementing the IEP

    English as a Second Language

    3 semester hours. M.Ed. students may be able to substitute courses as an alternative for a portion of Core Courses.

    • EDUC 519U Working with English Learners
  • Graduate Admissions

    Admission to Graduate Programs

    Transfer of Graduate Credits

    Up to six semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred toward a graduate program in the School. Transfer credits may be accepted only from another regionally accredited institution of higher education. In order for graduate academic credits completed prior to admission into a graduate program to be considered, credits: (1) must have been completed within the past five years with a grade of 'B' or better; (2) must not have been used to satisfy requirements for another degree or certificate at the University of Richmond or another institution of higher education; and (3) must be approved by the Program Chair. Possible transfer credits completed while in the program must receive prior approval by the Program Chair. Except by waiver, no more than six hours may be transferred into a graduate program.

    Graduate Admission Process

    Students seeking admission to a graduate certificate or a master's degree program must complete the following:

    • File a Graduate Application with the School and submit the non-refundable $50 graduate application fee
    • Have official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities where college work was attempted forwarded directly to the School
    • Have three (3) letters of recommendation sent directly to the School (requirement differs for Graduate Certificate in Teacher Licensure Preparation and Master of Teaching)
    • Have official TOEFL scores sent (when applicable)

    Official documents verifying college and university work and test scores must be sent from the institution or agency responsible for the information directly to the School.

    Letters of recommendation should be substantive regarding the applicant’s potential to be successful as a graduate student and professional in their field. Letters from past or current supervisors and professors are preferred, and those from professional peers and coworkers who can offer meaningful input about the applicant’s abilities and potential may be appropriate as well. Letters from friends, family members, and subordinates are discouraged.

    Additional requirements vary by graduate degree programs. See the section that follows for the graduate program to which you are applying.

  • M.Ed. Admissions

    Admission to the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

    Students seeking admission to the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction must have the following (in addition to the admission requirements for all graduate programs):

    • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or international equivalent)
    • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on all college or university academic work attempted. Students who do not meet grade point average requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • A current résumé
    • Successful interview with the program director or designee

    Recommended Qualification

    In addition to the above requirements, it is recommended that applicants to the programs have a strong foundational knowledge in K-12 education demonstrated by possessing a valid teaching license or classroom teaching experience.

Program Resources

Candidate Handbook Guidelines and information for students working toward the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction View Handbook
CAEP Annual Report SPCS tracks eight annual reporting measures for Educator Preparation Providers as required by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Review Report