Graduate Studies

Curriculum and Instruction (available 100% Online)

“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
  • Science Education
  • 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 Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction combines the rigor of an outstanding academic program, the personal attention of departmental faculty, and the convenience of online coursework. This graduate program is designed for practicing teachers who teach from pre-kindergarten through the middle grades, and can even be extended to the secondary level with specialized and catered course options. Graduates of the program not only enhance their professional expertise, but become poised to assume leadership roles within their schools and districts.

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. Individualized attention is of paramount importance. All faculty have experience in public schools and are committed to practical application of research and scholarship in the field. Professors in the department have a doctorate and are actively involved in a variety of professional organizations such as providing continuing education workshops for teachers as well as publishing books and articles in state, national, and international journals.

Possible Careers

The job outlook for kindergarten and elementary school teachers is expected to see an employment change of nearly 120,000 by 2026 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics [BLS] data), with great demand in urban, suburban and rural school districts. According to the BLS, employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow by 11% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As states and school districts put greater emphasis on student achievement data, schools may increasingly turn to instructional coordinators to develop better curricula and improve teachers' effectiveness. The Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program prepares teachers for being leaders in the field. Whether you want to build upon your skills and knowledge as a practicing educator, instructional coach, or plan to pursue a career as an education policy maker or researcher, the Curriculum & Instruction Graduate program is for you. Your program. Specialized with purpose.

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Degrees Available:

  • M.S.Ed.


  • Online

Required GPA:

  • Cumulative: 2.75 or
  • Last 2 years: 3.0

Admission Requirements:

  • Transcripts

Interesting Facts: Fall 2022

  • Currently enrolled: 54
  • International: 2
  • Minority: 4
  • Students with Assistantships: 0

Department Contact Information:

Horrabin Hall 115