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M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction

Our Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction 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 add-on endorsement.

Course of Study
Master of Education

Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

30 semester hours total

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.

M.Ed. Program 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 Talented and Gifted: Working with High Achievers

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 598U ST: Working with English Learners*

* Scheduled to become a permanent course with its own course number rather than a Selected Topics (ST) course.

Contact Us

Graduate Education Program
Professional & Continuing Studies
North Court
421 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8427
spcs@richmond.edu