Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

At Tarleton State University, you can get a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction to gain knowledge, skills, and experience in identifying, investigating, and applying best practices in curriculum development and assessment. 

Designed for full-time educators, certified teachers, and graduate students with teaching experience, this career-advancing M.Ed. degree offers additional credentials or certification in a specialized area of education. An education master’s degree in curriculum and instruction creates opportunities to work in central office administration at the campus and district level in leadership roles related to curriculum development, implementation, and assessment.

What is Curriculum and Instruction?

In the curriculum and instruction field, educators research, develop, implement, and evaluate student learning experiences, including the delivery of educational course sequences in and out of the classroom. As part of a graduate degree in education, students build the skills to acquire knowledge, communicate effectively, collaborate, inquire, and make decisions with educational professionals in the field to ensure learner success. 

At Tarleton, we focus on a systemic understanding of education in Texas and the United States to develop students’ leadership abilities in curriculum and instruction. We offer a variety of 18-credit concentration areas designed to meet the needs of today’s educators that target high-demand instruction areas.

Flexible, Customizable Program Structure

Students can earn an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in as little as 18 months or take advantage of our flexible curriculum to complete their program at their own pace. The concentration areas include:

  • Curriculum and Instruction Generalist
  • Content Area Specialist
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Certified Reading Specialist
  • Educational Diagnostician Certification
  • Instructional Design and Technology
  • Tarleton Model for Accelerated Teacher Education (TMATE)

Estimated Completion

30 – 33 Credit Hours (18+ months)

Application Process


Locations Available

  • Online – All other concentrations


The Educational Diagnostician certification and the TMATE program require on-campus classes. Currently, some concentration areas include one course that is hybrid, requiring periodic attendance at Tarleton’s Fort Worth, Texas campus.

What can you do with your master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction?

At Tarleton, we have an exemplary reputation throughout Texas and beyond for producing high-quality, innovative educators who are knowledgeable in their fields and dedicated to student success. Tarleton’s TMATE program (which overlaps with the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction) boasts a 100% passing rate on the Pedagogy & Professional Responsibilities TExES exam. In recent years, 97% of TMATE graduate students who pursued teaching jobs were successfully employed.

After pursuing a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, careers for graduates in K-12 Education include:

  • Curriculum Director
  • Reading Specialist
  • Educational Diagnostician
  • Technology Director
  • High School Dual Enrollment or Advanced Placement Teacher

School districts often pay classroom teachers more if they hold a Master of Education degree.

Careers in Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction careers can extend beyond the field of K-12 education. With a master’s degree in education, you may be able to pivot to higher education, industry, and government. Common job titles in these adjacent fields include: 

  • Curriculum Specialist 
  • Instructional Coach
  • Academic Department Head or Professor
  • Community College or Adjunct Faculty

Students interested in these career paths should consider the Instructional Design & Technology concentration or Tarleton’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, a three-year doctoral program for all levels of education.

How much do Curriculum and Instruction graduates make?

After pursuing their M.Ed. degree, Curriculum and Instruction graduates typically earn an annual salary between $40,000 and $60,000.

Why study Curriculum and Instruction?

Our M.Ed. program in Curriculum and Instruction utilizes traditional and non-traditional education and teaching methods to provide a noteworthy learning experience.

What classes will you take as a Curriculum and Instruction graduate student?

Our relevant, research-based curriculum teaches theories, principles, and concepts in curriculum and instruction. Students explore well-known theorists, writers, and researchers; develop fundamental concepts and tools of research; and strengthen their knowledge of the philosophical, historical, psychological, and social foundations of curriculum, curriculum alignment, and auditing. 

Course topics include cultural diversity in schools and communities, teaching English as a second language, and creativity in the classroom. This master’s in education culminates in a capstone project, which allows you to apply the knowledge and skills you’ve gained to develop an original action research study focusing on real-world issues in education.

View all required classes for the curriculum and instruction master’s degree.

Accreditations and Student Resources

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at Tarleton State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Learn more about Tarleton’s Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

At Tarleton State University, our Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction further your career in K-12 education and gives you the opportunity to also pivot to other industries. Related to the M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, we also offer a M.Ed in Educational Administration.

With the option for flexible online coursework and convenient locations in central Texas, you can create a graduate program that fits your schedules and your career path. Request information to learn more about either of our education master’s degrees at Tarleton.