Graduate Studies

Curriculum and Instruction

“The program offered me practical strategies to implement directly in my classroom as well as timely and effective discussions and research on the topics of interest to today’s practicing educator.” – Kathy Felt

Areas of Specialization

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Curriculum
  • Literacy Education
  • Math Education (available 100% online)
  • Science Education (available 100% online)
  • Social Studies Education

Program Overview

The School of Education offers coursework leading to a Master of Science in Education with a major in Curriculum and Instruction. The degree program enables candidates to acquire in-depth knowledge in an area of specialization, enhance their understanding of student diversity, apply theory and research to the classroom setting, and develop the ability to serve as leaders in schools or programs. Candidates complete projects with students in many of the courses and conduct an action research project in the capstone experience to demonstrate their ability to implement a new instructional approach that leads to greater student learning.

Why Choose Curriculum and Instruction at WIU?

The M.S. Ed. degree in Curriculum and Instruction combines the rigor of an outstanding academic program with individualized assistance from departmental faculty. Courses in the program focus on developing candidates’ skills in meeting the needs of each learner in the classroom and enhancing their ability to positively impact student learning. Areas of specialization in the program include Early Childhood Education, Elementary Curriculum, Literacy Education, Math Education, Science Education, Social Studies Education. Courses are offered in a variety of formats, including online, one evening a week, and a six Saturday format. Those pursuing the Elementary Curriculum or Literacy Education specialization can complete the entire program online. Online courses are also available in the other areas of specialization. Western Illinois University is an NCATE institution and regionally accredited.

Our Faculty

The faculty members in the School of Education have a strong interest in helping teachers enhance their effectiveness and their ability to promote student learning. All faculty have practical experience in public schools. Professors in the department have a doctorate in their field. Faculty are actively involved in a variety of professional organizations; provide continuing education workshops for teachers; and publish books and articles in state, national, and international journals. Literacy faculty members serve as authors and editors of the Illinois Reading Council Journal.

Possible Careers

This master’s degree is designed for individuals with a teaching certificate who wish to enhance their teaching effectiveness. Graduates serve as leaders in their building and district. This degree does not lead to initial certification in elementary education.

Extracurricular Activities

Candidates are encouraged to become involved in local, state, and national professional organizations.

Other Information

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Degrees Available:

  • M.S.Ed.


  • Quad Cities
  • Macomb
  • Online

Required GPA:

  • Cumulative: 2.75 or
  • Last 2 years: 3.0

Admission Requirements:

  • Transcripts

Interesting Facts: Fall 2020

  • Currently enrolled: 87
  • International: 0
  • Minority: 7
  • Male: 6
  • Female: 81
  • Students with Assistantships: 0

Department Contact Information:

Horrabin Hall 115