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Master of Science

Online MS in Curriculum and Instruction

College of Arts, Sciences & Education

Overview

Advance your knowledge for working with students from diverse backgrounds. Our fully online Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Curriculum Development Specialization allows you to fuel your passion for education and learning. Through our program, you will gain experience that empowers you to make changes in your classroom and become a leader in your school. Special emphasis is placed on understanding approaches to curriculum and instruction for meeting the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners. 

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Our faculty members are leaders in education with years of classroom experience teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students. FIU's renowned College of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Why Apply?

Our comprehensive master's program prepares teachers for the changing demands of the field, and to meet the needs of the growing minorities of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The online Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Curriculum Development Specialization provides you with the foundation to become a better educator and leader in your school and/or district. You develop a keen understanding of the trends and issues in curriculum development and instruction, along with research-based methods to improve student achievement. You'll emerge from our program with an advanced degree that will enhance your job opportunities and increase your knowledge and skills to be a better teacher for your students. 

Industry Statistics

The value of earning a master's degree in education is recognized. Teachers with a master's degree are considered experts in the field, and often earn more than individuals with a bachelor's degree. Based on data from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, teachers with advanced degrees earn, on average, 10 percent more than those with a bachelor's degree. 

Courses

Program Curriculum

The online Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Curriculum Development Specialization is completed in one year and consists of six accelerated eight-week terms. Students enroll in 4 courses (12 credits) each semester and complete two courses each 8-week term in the semester. A total of 36 credit hours (12 courses) is necessary to complete the program.

The coursework includes content in curriculum and instruction, curriculum development, and research. You will be provided with the tools and opportunities to engage in an Action Research Project as part of the curriculum that helps customize the focus of the program.

Curriculum Development EDG 6250
Development of basic technical constructs of curriculum. Planning of reality-based educational programs at all levels of schooling.

Learning Styles Applications EDG 5417
Designed to help educators use learning theories information to change instruction and improve student achievement.

Seminar: Trends and Issues in Curriculum and Instruction EDG 6627
A review of current issues and trends in Curriculum and Instruction.

Foundations of Educational Research EDF 5481
Competencies required for critical understanding, evaluation, and use of published educational research. Understanding quantitative and qualitative methods; sampling; measurement; data collection and analysis; and inference process.

Field Research for Educators EDF 6487
Provides the knowledge and skills necessary for conducting research in schools and classrooms by teachers and administrators, using the results of this research to inform practice. Prerequisite: EDF 5481

Developing a Global Perspective SSE 5381
Theory, content, and practice. Introduction and utilization of learning materials and teaching strategies in global education for K-12.

Curriculum Design for Childhood Education EDE 6205
A study of curriculum theory, research, construction and evaluation related to elementary schools.

Education of the Child in Urban Society EDE 5267
Advanced study in the schooling of inner-city pupils.

Secondary School Curriculum ESE 6215
Examination of programs, trends, and developments in curriculum and instruction in the secondary school.  Consideration and evaluation of innovations.

Curriculum Evaluation and Improvement EDG 6286
Development of skills in curriculum evaluation and strategies for improvement of ongoing curriculum.

Politics of Curriculum EDG 7692C
Advanced study of theories, research, and processes of curriculum decision-making.

Colloquium in Curriculum and Instruction EDG 6920
Selected readings, presentations and discussions on topics related to curriculum and instruction.  

Professional Conference (Exhibition)

Requirements

The online Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Curriculum Development specialization is identical to the existing/approved face-to-face program in terms of curriculum and admissions requirements. However, courses are offered in an online format providing added flexibility for working students.

Admissions requirements are as follows.

  • Four-year U.S. bachelor degree or equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 hours of upper division coursework. If you have questions regarding the GPA requirement, please contact an enrollment specialist as conditional admissions may be considered.
  • Meet one of the following:
      • Valid Teacher Certification in appropriate area

    Or

    • Valid Letter of Eligibility and passing scores on the Teacher Certification Examination (General Knowledge and Subject Area exams)
  • Access to either K-12 students or K-12 teachers in an academic setting to work on the Action Research Project throughout the program. Please, contact us for more details regarding this requirement.
  • Good standing with all previously-attended colleges and universities
International Students
  • If you earned a bachelor degree in a country whose official language is not English, you must demonstrate English language proficiency by earning a passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL required minimum score: 550 (paper-based exam) or 80 (internet-based). IELTS required minimum score: 6.5. View list of TOEFL/IELTS-exempt countries.

Admissions Documents

The following must be submitted:

  • Online master’s programs application ($30). Be sure to select Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Curriculum Development Specialization Online.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended universities. A copy of the diploma is needed if the degree is not posted on the transcript. 
  • Copy of Valid Teacher Certificate OR valid Letter of Eligibility and passing score on Teacher Certification Examination (General Knowledge and Subject Area exams)
  • Current and detailed resume.
  • Statement of purpose describing your professional goals and reasons for pursuing this degree at FIU (at least 500 words in length). 
  • Two letters of recommendations (academic or professional). 
International Students
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS passing scores, if required. When requesting official scores, please refer to FIU Institution code 5206. TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years.
  • Official transcript translation. If official transcripts are not in English, a second copy of the transcript must be requested for translation by an official translation agency. Both the official translation, as well as the original transcripts, must be submitted to FIU. Official transcripts/translations must be submitted directly by the respective institution(s) in electronic format or mailed in a sealed envelope.
  • Certified Copy of Diploma if you obtained your degree at a foreign institution

Official transcripts/translations must be submitted directly by the respective institution(s) in a sealed university envelope to: 

FIU Online
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street, MANGO 540
Miami, FL 33199

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make — one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

The total cost of the program is $18,300 for Florida residents, non-Florida residents, and international students. Students pay for courses at the beginning of each semester. All fees are subject to change.

FIU Online Academic Merit Scholarship: $1,800

FIU Online awards scholarships acknowledging academic achievement to students in select online graduate programs who exhibit strong academic credentials upon admission.  Applicant must meet all of the following criteria to be considered:

  • Meet all requirements for admission into the applicable online graduate program.
  • Submit application for admission into the online program as well as all application supporting documents. 
  • 3.25 GPA in upper-division undergraduate coursework.
  • Submit a scholarship application.  Deadlines vary by term.

 Note: meeting any or all of the above requirements does not guarantee receipt of a scholarship. Scholarship will be applied over two semesters in equal disbursements.

 To apply for this academic scholarship, please contact an enrollment advisor by calling (305) 348-3125 or emailing onlineprograms@fiu.edu.  Scholarship amounts are subject to change.

External Resources for Teachers

To learn more about the below external resources, please contact an enrollment advisor by calling (305) 348-3125 or emailing onlineprograms@fiu.edu.

  • Cooperating Teacher Certificate of Participation Program 
  • TEACH Grant
  • Tuition Reimbursement Programs

Academic Works

FIU offers Academic Works, a website that matches students with relevant scholarships opportunities.  Find the one that’s right for you!  Academic Works is an online scholarship application tool where FIU students can browse and apply for more than 100 scholarships, made possible by the generosity of FIU alumni and friends.  Students can apply after they are matriculated into one of our programs.  For more information visit https://give.fiu.edu/business-governance/scholarships/.

Other Resources

There are other third party resources that prospective students can access while researching on how to pay for school.  Below are various links that provide more information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities:

Federal Financial Aid

For information on Federal Financial Aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), please visit our financial aid page.

Top Faculty

Maria Fernandez

Dr. Maria L. Fernandez
Dr. Fernandez, chairperson of the Department of Teaching and Learning, joined the faculty of FIU in 2007. Her research and scholarly work is primarily within the areas of creating and investigating approaches for the professional development of prospective and practicing teachers of mathematics, working with diverse learners, and developing and exploring approaches for improving the mathematics teaching and learning of diverse learners. She earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Georgia. As of Spring 2011, she has been awarded over $2.5 million in external funding. Dr. Fernandez is also an associate professor and program leader.

Linda Spears Bunton

Dr. Linda Spears-Bunton
Associate Professor and Program Leader Dr. Spears-Bunton joined FIU in 1993 and was an early pioneer in developing literacy programs that included multiple cultural perspectives in school literacy and language programs. Her research focuses upon the interrelationships among literature, literacy, and culture within mainstream groups and people who have historically been marginalized in society. 

Daniela Foerch

Dr. Daniela Foerch
Dr. Foerch received her Ph.D. at Barry University with a major in curriculum and instruction and concentration in early childhood education. Dr. Foerch's research interests are in the areas of emotional intelligence, language and literacy development, teacher's discourse in the classroom, and the use of visible thinking routines to cultivate thinking dispositions in young children.

Flavia Iuspa

Dr. Flavia Iuspa
Dr. Iuspa is the program director of the MSCI Jamaica Program, as well as an instructor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Before joining the COE, she was the program manager at the COB directing the COB’s off-shore programs. Her primary research interests include the internationalization process of higher education institutions, developing global perspectives in teachers and students, and most recent incorporating habits on mind in online course. Her research has been presented at AERA and CIES national conferences. 

Sarah Mathews

Dr. Sarah Mathews
Dr. Mathews is an assistant professor of social studies education. Prior to teaching at FIU, Dr. Matthews headed the Secondary Social Studies program at Clemson University. Her research interests include global and multicultural citizenship education, studying pedagogies that promote intercultural competence and perspective consciousness within social studies education. She is also interested in photomethodologies that promote participatory research and social action.

Lynne Miller

Dr. Lynne Miller
Dr. Miller is an associate professor of reading education and program leader for elementary education. She joined FIU in 1989, and has helped to evolve the Reading Education and Elementary Education programs. Her focus is to foster the development of knowledge, understanding and professional growth through research and scholarly activity related to literacy and teacher education. Dr. Miller is also the Faculty Contact for the MS in Curriculum and Instruction Program: Elementary Education. 

Angela Salmon

Dr. Angela Salmon
Dr. Salmon's long-standing partnership with Project Zero at Harvard Graduate School of Education has evolved into numerous research initiatives and professional development opportunities. Her research interests include children’s theory of mind, metacognition, language and literacy development, teacher’s discourse in the classroom, music and thinking and the development of communities of practice.

Angela Salmon

Dr. Charles Bleiker
Dr. Bleiker is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and Program Leader for the Early Childhood Education MS program. His research interests fall broadly under the category of school readiness. He works closely with the M-DCPS system, Head Start, the Early Learning Coalition, the Children’s Trust and others to help improve the system of Early Care and Learning in Miami-Dade County. He helped developed the Miami School Readiness Project, a longitudinal study of children attending subsidized childcare and public school pre-k. He is also the external evaluator for the “I have a dream Overtown” enrichment program. Most of his work is with at-risk children and families in urban settings.

@ A Glance


36Credits Required

$18,300
Tuition Cost
  • 12-month fully online program
  • Program culminates in an Action Research Project (ARP), to identify and solve issues
  • Teachers in the US with advanced degrees earn 10 percent more, on average, than those with bachelor's degrees
  • Program starts: Fall and Summer
  • #8 in Curriculum & Instruction - Best Graduate Program by GraduatePrograms.com (2015)
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