Master of Education (M.ED.) in Curriculum and Instruction

The Curriculum and Instruction master’s degree program is designed for teachers and other education professionals interested in improving their instruction, preparing for positions of leadership, or enhancing their abilities to support learning in K-12 schools and other educational settings. Our program offers graduate students two kinds of preparation: (1) knowledge related to content and (2) knowledge that helps them contribute to scholarship. The degree is constructed so that students choose a content specialization and either a research emphasis, or a teaching and learning emphasis.

I had the opportunity to connect with my peers and teachers to forge lasting relationships.  With a smaller program, there is the added benefit of working with doctoral students, adding additional perspectives to my stance on science education.

-Devin Newton B.S. ’18 M.Ed. ’19

The objectives of this program are to:

  • Provide a rigorous master’s degree program that prepares graduate students to work with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of educational settings.
  • Provide graduate students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance their teaching and research abilities.

There are two options for earning the Curriculum and Instruction master’s degree:

  • Traditional Master’s Degree (30 credit hours)
  • Accelerated Master’s Degree (30 credit hours, only available to undergraduate students enrolled in the TCU College of Education)

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The traditional Master of Education (M.Ed.) is a 30-credit hour program that provides a solid knowledge base and background in the theoretical and practical aspects of the selected specializations.

Content Specializations for the Traditional Master’s Option 
Students complete 12 hours of course work within their specialization selected from the following within this master’s degree program. Explore the following links to learn more about each specialization.


Available only to TCU undergraduates, the Accelerated Master’s Option allows outstanding students to combine a Bachelor’s degree with the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in only five years. Students are eligible to apply for admission to the graduate program if they will have completed 90 hours of undergraduate coursework by the end of their junior year. Learn more