Program Details

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction Advanced Program for Continuing Professional Education

Offered By: College of Education
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 32
Online: 6 weeks [ More Info ]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $530 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Earn Your Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at GCU

The Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction degree from Grand Canyon University helps currently licensed teachers take their careers to the next level. Through the degree coursework, research and field experience, graduates of the masters in curriculum program can become instructional leaders at the school, district and state levels. The practical approach to curriculum development, teaching and assessment ensures that MA in Curriculum and Instruction graduates learn the most contemporary and effective practices for the classroom.

There are many facets to curriculum development that are focused on in MA degree in Curriculum and Instruction at GCU. Graduates get experience with research-based differentiation strategies. They also learn the most up-to-date assessment and content-area practices. The coursework prepares graduates for curriculum-related leadership positions in just about any educational environment.

Learn How to Develop Curriculum for Schools

Students enrolled in this GCU masters degree in curriculum and instruction program learn to plan, write and deliver instruction that is developmentally appropriate, engaging and culturally responsive. Graduates also evaluate the efficacy of instructional strategies using data and student achievement information.

Graduates of the masters degree in curriculum and instruction program complete coursework on a variety of important subject areas, including:

  • Curriculum planning
  • Assessment development
  • Engagement strategies for diverse learners
  • Culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Using assessment data to inform instruction
  • Delivering effective instruction, including the use and development of specialized materials
  • Coaching other teachers and community members
  • Professional development presentation strategies

What Can You Do with a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction?

The masters degree in curriculum and instruction may lead to career advancement for currently licensed teachers. Graduates with a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction degree may find work as:

  • Curriculum specialists
  • Curriculum designers
  • Lead teachers
  • Grade level/Department level chairs
  • School administrators

The work done by masters in curriculum and instruction graduates may take place in public or private elementary, middle or high schools. Other potential workplaces include:

  • College and universities
  • Education welfare organizations
  • Curriculum development businesses
  • Education/Edtech publishers

Teachers looking to advance their skills and learn more about the foundations of what they teach will benefit from an MA in Curriculum and Instruction. Find out more about the GCU program today.

Program Domains

Course List

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32 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
32 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Education. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course focuses on brain research (from neuroscience to the behavioral and cognitive sciences) that relates to teaching and learning and suggests ways that brain research can be translated into what teachers do in schools and classrooms. Teacher candidates will examine the inner workings of the brain and the effect on student learning, memory, and transfer. Specifically, the course explores the body of knowledge that represents the application of brain research to classroom practice, and how knowledge about the human brain can affect the curricular, instructional, and assessment decisions that teachers make every day. Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

This course provides teachers with an introduction to applied research in education across the major quantitative, qualitative, and action research traditions. Coursework focuses on understanding the research process and its integrated components and evaluating published research reports from the perspective of a critical consumer. Teachers explore scientific reasoning and research design.

Course Description

Candidates in this course will be introduced to current theories of learning and curriculum design. The emphasis will be on examining and identifying the concepts, principles, and models of curricular theory. Using the interrelationships of these models, candidates will develop and evaluate curriculum.

Course Description

Candidates will examine frameworks, materials, and strategies for translating the principles of culturally responsive pedagogy into effective educational practice. The emphasis will be on developing curriculum considering culturally responsive pedagogy, family and community engagement, and global education. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

Candidates will use data to differentiate curriculum, instruction, and assessments to foster learning for all students. Focus will be on principles of learning, using technology to differentiate instruction, and developing an engaging classroom environment. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

Candidates will learn and apply coaching techniques in school and community settings. Emphasis is placed on improving teacher practices, school culture, and effective communication. Candidates will use cognitive coaching and teacher leadership skills. Practicum/Field Experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

In this course, candidates apply district goals/state standards in developing year-long units of study. Curriculum mapping analysis skills will be developed to align program objectives systematically to achieve state and district learning goals. Emphasis is placed on Backwards Design and inquiry-based learning. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint Clearance required.

Course Description

Candidates in this course will develop skills in aligning objectives, instruction, and assessments. Special attention is given to differentiating curriculum for diverse students and using assessment data to guide instruction. Candidates will collaborate with peers and colleagues to achieve instructional goals through action planning. Review of current trends in instruction and assessment are presented to guide instructional decisions with a special focus on the needs of diverse students. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course surveys effective strategies and practices in professional development. Special focus is placed upon theories and models, including andragogy, that enhance knowledge and skill development for adult learners in educational settings. Candidates develop and implement professional learning activities aligned with the needs of learners, schools and systems that ensure learner growth and advance the profession by leading collaborative interactions. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

Candidates will deliver, evaluate, and revise a professional development presentation, and incorporate peer and faculty interaction with feedback to assure timeliness and relevance. Candidates will conduct a professional development needs assessment and create a year-long professional development plan for their school. Practicum/field experience hours: 30. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: EDU-586.

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

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Online and Evening program disclosures (18 months)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.