Online Master of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction

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Purdue's online MS in Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree is backed by extensive research, taught by world-renowned faculty, and at just $450 per credit hour for in-state tuition, is a degree you can afford.

#10 for Curriculum and Instruction

#10 Best Online Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction Programs (tie) — U.S. News & World Report 2021

#3 Best Online Learning Schools

#3 America's Best Online Learning Schools — U.S. News & World Report 2022

Advance Students’ Learning

Research demonstrates that when social justice issues, strength-based approaches, and K-12 STEM education are included in the development and teaching of curriculum, long-term student success is greater. So whether you evaluate, implement or instruct curriculum, understanding how new methodologies and current theories in these topics relate to your role is vital to your students' ability to learn.

Advance Your Role

Through the online Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Purdue University, you'll learn to maximize the role you play in the curriculum life cycle and develop students who thrive in the classroom and love to learn.

Benefits to Your Position

Teachers: Meet new demands and use a student-centered approach to help everyone in your classroom learn.

Leaders/Curriculum Coordinators: Assess student learning with new technological innovations, education theories, implementation procedures and more.

Curriculum Administrators: Develop and evaluate new curriculum with new research and methodologies.

Gain New Curriculum Skills Critical to Classroom Success

Purdue's curriculum and instruction program equips you with advanced skills and experiences in evaluating, creating, and teaching curriculum. As a graduate, you'll be able to understand, conduct and communicate research to your colleagues, local policymakers, administrators and the community to create successful learning opportunities for your students.

Graduates Can:

  • Develop a critical understanding of changing demographics and the diversity of students, schools and communities to better serve their educational needs.
  • Advocate for values of diversity, inclusivity and social justice.
  • Deepen your understanding of educational trends and policies and their impacts on the students and communities they serve.
  • Strengthen disciplinary and transdisciplinary knowledge.
  • Mentor, coach and collaborate with colleagues to encourage them to enact their roles as leaders.
  • Communicate effectively with various stakeholders, including colleagues, parents, administrators, media and policy-makers.
  • Develop strategies for sustained resilience in addressing ongoing opportunities and challenges.

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Choose a Career-Focused Concentration

Step into leadership roles and meet the growing diversity of classrooms — choose from five concentrations to deepen your learning in a focused area.

English Language Learning

Provide high-quality language and content-area instruction for students learning English as an additional language in the U.S. (one of the fastest-growing and most diverse populations in the U.S.) and around the world. This concentration offers licensure preparation for teachers in Indiana or an optional graduate certificate.

Gifted, Creative and Talented Studies

Serve gifted, creative and talented students while learning a strengths-based talent-development model that helps all students realize their full potential. This concentration offers licensure preparation for teachers in Indiana or an optional graduate certificate. 

Mathematics Education

Broaden your knowledge and practice in teaching and learning mathematics. This concentration offers a range of opportunities to develop your expertise in mathematics and in the methods of teaching mathematics to meet the needs of diverse learners. Courses emphasize connections between K-16 mathematics content and effective, research-based instructional strategies.

Educational Technology

Integrate technology into curriculum and the classroom while preparing professionals from K-12 and related environments to improve students' learning experience, technology skills and a leadership role involving technology. This concentration delivers an optional graduate certificate.

Integrated STEM Education

Develop knowledge and skills for teaching STEM disciplines through the integration of engineering and technology design, in problem- and project-based contexts. When you complete this concentration, you will understand the philosophical foundations of integrated STEM education and be able to develop, deliver, and assess engaging K-12 integrated STEM educational experiences.

Create a Flexible Career in Education

When you look at the employment statistics for positions in education that demand a graduate degree like the master's in curriculum and instruction, you'll see a strong focus on helping all students thrive within their academic abilities.

  • 888,900 new education or training jobs are projected to be added from 2016 to 20261
  • $63,750 average salary of instructional designers with a master's degree1
  • 10–20% increase in average annual salary for teachers who hold a master's degree2

Explore Careers in Curriculum and Instruction

Admissions decisions are based on individual experience and the applicant’s fit with the program.

To be considered for admission, students must complete a phone interview with an admissions advisor and submit a completed application as well as the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • An updated resume
  • A 500-word (minimum) personal statement
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended, including transfer credits
  • (3) professional letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your abilities
  • An application fee of $60 ($75 for international students)
  • 12 hours of previous coursework in science and/or mathematics (STEM Concentration Only)

In addition to the admission requirements noted on the first tab, international students must also provide the following information.

  • Official transcripts from all universities attended in the original language as well as English translation for transcripts and diplomas not in English.
  • An application fee of $60 ($75 for international students)
  • Non-native English speakers must also submit the following.
    • TOEFL test scores that are less than two years old and meet the following requirements:
      • Minimum Overall: 80
      • Writing: 18
      • Speaking: 18
      • Listening: 14
      • Reading: 19
    • IELTS test scores that are less than two years old and meet the following requirements:
      • Minimum Overall: 6.5
      • Writing: 6.5
      • Speaking: 6.0
      • Listening: 6.0
      • Reading: 5.5

Prior to starting your online application, you must first complete a phone interview with an admissions advisor. To schedule your phone interview, call 877-497-5851.

Once you have completed your phone interview, you are ready to complete the online application.

If you have any questions about filling out the application, contact us online or call us at 877-497-5851 to speak with an admissions advisor.

What’s it Like to Learn Online?

Current Tuition Rates and Fees* In-State Out-of-State
Tuition Rate $381.20 $601.20
PO Infrastructure Fee (per credit hour) $18.80 $18.80
Digital Education Fee (per credit hour) $50.00 $50.00
Total Cost Per Credit Hour $450 $670
Total Credit Hours 30 30
Total Program Cost  $13,500 $20,100

*Tuition and fees are charged on a per credit hour basis and are subject to annual increases. Annual increases may change the total program cost. Purdue faculty and staff fee remissions may not be applied to the online MSEd in Curriculum and Instruction program.

Learn More About This Program

To find out more about the online MS in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Purdue, request more information or call 877-497-5851 to speak to an admissions advisor.


1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, Education, Training, and Library Occupations. Retrieved on January 29, 2019, from

2 Gilbert, N. (March 2018). Noodle. Maximize Your Teacher's Salary Potential with a Master's Degree. Retrieved on January 29, 2019, from