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Master of Science

Apply by:

Dec. 1

To begin:

Jan. 11


Advance your knowledge for working with elementary students from diverse backgrounds. Our fully online Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Education track allows you to fuel your passion for education and learning. The program's specialized course of study will empower 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 within elementary schools and is designed to teach students how to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners and their families. 

A diverse curriculum benefits teachers in the elementary classroom in public, charter, or private settings. The Elementary Education track curriculum broadens teacher perspectives and understanding of education issues and needs. It expands teaching and learning repertoires by diving deeper into areas of curriculum and instruction and content specialization through research-based learning and experiences. Teachers engage and interact, developing a strong sense of identity and purpose. Real-world issues within their classrooms are explored and addressed building a sense of community around diversity, access, equity, and social justice.


Take the next step.

Our faculty members are leaders in education with years of classroom experience teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students. 

#6 Best Online Master's in Curriculum and Instruction by TheBestSchools.org       2019 curriculum and instruction badge

  • 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 in urban settings. The online Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Education track provides you with the foundation to create compelling and effective curricula that fits the needs for the elementary school setting. You will 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

    Spring 2021


    • Spring A Term (1/11/2021 – 3/6/2021)

      • EDG 6250 Curriculum Development (3)

      • RED 6314 Theory and Instruction in Literacy (3)


    • Spring B Term (3/8/2021 – 5/1/2021)

      • EDE 5267 Education of the Child in Urban Society (3)

      • EDF 5481 Foundations of Educational Research (3)


    Summer 2021


    • Summer A Term (5/3/2021 – 6/26/2021)

      • EDG 6627 Seminar: Trends and Issues in Curriculum and Instruction (3)

      • EDF 6487 Field Research for Educators (3)


      • Summer B Term (6/28/2021 – 8/21/2021)

        • SSE 6355 Instruction in Elementary Social Studies (3)

      • MAE 6318 Instruction in Elementary Mathematics (3)


    Fall 2021


    • Fall A Term (8/23/2021 – 10/16/2021)

      • EEX 5068 Instructional Practice in Exceptional Student Education I (3)

      • SCE 5314 Teaching and Learning in Elementary Science Education (3)


    • Fall B Term (10/18/2021 – 12/11/2021)

      • EDE 6930 Seminar in Elementary Education (3)

      • TSL 5142 Curriculum Development in English as a Second Language (3)


    *Courses subject to change without notice.

  • Requirements

    The online Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Education track 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 as of Fall 2020.


    • A bachelor’s degree in Education or an appropriate area from an accredited institution.

    • Applicants with a non-Education degree must demonstrate teaching experience.

    • A GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours of upper division undergraduate study.

    • Two (2) letters of recommendation to support the application. Letters and any other supporting documents are to be sent to Graduate Admissions Office at Florida International University, PO Box 659004, Miami, Florida, 33265 to complete the application for admissions.

    • A statement of personal philosophy/professional goals consistent with the objectives of the master’s program.

    • International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the IBT TOEFL or 6.5 overall on the IELTS is required. (Exceptions: Students who completed an undergraduate or graduate program from a U.S. institution or accredited higher education institution in other English-speaking 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 Track Online.

    • Official transcripts from all previously attended universities. 

    • 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 and Aid

    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 the 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 in equal disbursements over each semester.

    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

    • 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.
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36 Credits Required


$18,300.00 Tuition Cost


  • Now accepting applications for Spring 2021

    Contact us at Jdipp@fiu.edu for final deadline information.

  • Fully Online 

  • 12-month program

  • No GRE requirement

  • Limited scholarships available for new incoming students

  • Teachers in the US with advanced degrees earn 10 percent more, on average, than those with bachelor's degrees

  • Program starts in Spring

  • #6 Best Online Master's in Curriculum and Instruction, TheBestSchools.org, 2020

  • Top 25 Best Online Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction Programs (OnlineMasters.com), 2019