Curriculum and Instruction

Degree Type

Master of Education


Learn to build curriculum around learners’ strengths and needs.


Think about what you learned and how you learned in school. Chances are some of the strategies and technologies your teachers used, along with some of the information they taught, are outdated. Changing policies, academic standards, best practices, and technologies all play an important part in how we teach—and how we learn.

Getting an advanced degree in curriculum and instruction can not only serve as a path for professional and salary growth, but also gives you the holistic skills to create, assess, evaluate, and adjust instructional practices to address ever-changing learning contexts and student needs. Understanding how to meet these new challenges within the field can build your confidence and competence to step confidently beyond the classroom.

Learn how to: 

  • Demonstrate Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT).
  • Use technology to support content-specific student learning outcomes and collaborate with peers, families, colleagues, administrators, and/or industry experts.
  • Respect learners’ varying strengths and needs, using these strengths and needs to further learners’ development.
  • Translate academic language, making the information more accessible to learners.
  • Demonstrate deep knowledge of student content standards and learning progressions.
  • Recognize cognitive, linguistic, socio-emotional, and physical development influences on learning, and apply these influences to instructional decisions that build on learners’ strengths and needs.
  • Reflect on personal biases and seek resources on cultural, ethnic, learning, and gender differences to build strong relationships and create relevant learning experiences.
  • Demonstrate and apply instructional practices to MSDE priorities:
    • Differentiated instruction
    • English language learners (ELL)
    • Technology (as aligned with Maryland Teacher Technology Standards, MTTS)
    • Gifted and talented (GT)
    • Special education
    • Diversity

Improve How We Teach—and Learn

The 39 credit M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction adheres to a professional growth framework for teaching practitioners. Through a cyclical process of inquiry, reflection, application, evaluation, and additional reflection, students learn to question personal biases and instructional practices, recognize factors that shape learning needs, and apply theory to practice in creating curricula that achieves student learning outcomes. Students complete individual and collaborative work through course activities and assignments designed to align with the practitioner framework.

Core Courses (36 credits)

CUIN 560 3 Theoretical Bases for Teaching and Learning
CUIN 605 3 Statistics in Social and Behavioral Sciences**
CUIN 504 3 Philosophical, Sociological, and Political Aspects of the Education Process
SPED 587 3 Teaching Learners with Exceptionalities in the Regular Classroom
CUIN 606 3 Instructional Strategies and Methods for Effective Teaching
EDUC 582 3 Research Methods in Social & Behavioral Sciences
CUIN 690 3 Collaborative Action Research: Part I or EDUC 583 Master’s Degree Thesis I
EDUC 603 3 Assessing Student Performance
REED 504 3 Processes and Acquisition of Reading Skills
REED 505 3 Strategies and Materials of Reading Instruction
REED 508 3 Reading and Literacy Instruction
REED 603 3 Diagnostic Teaching of Reading
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750+ Course Options

The Coppin State University Academic Catalog has a wide variety of skill-building courses designed to inspire and prepare you to be in-demand professionals and transformational leaders.

Graduate Education Programs

School Administration I


Contemporary Educational Leadership


Adult and Continuing Education


Curriculum and Instruction is in the Department of Instructional Leadership and Instructional Development in the School of Education within the College of Arts & Sciences, and Education