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Degree Title

Master of Science

Apply by:

June 1, 2023


To begin:

August 21, 2023


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.


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

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  • 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.

  • Careers

    Career Path

    School Administrator, Literary Specialist, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Curriculum Coordinator, Curriculum Specialist, Education Specialist, Instructional Designer, Instructional Systems Specialist, Instructional Technologist, Learning Development Specialist, Program Administrator.

    Non-traditional Career Paths

    Recreation Director



    School Counselor

    Professional Tutor

    Adult Education/Mentoring

    Income Range

    $34,000 - $106,000

    Industry Outlook

    FL: 13% ⬆️

    US:10% ⬆️

    (Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and

  • Courses

    Program Curriculum

    The online Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Education 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.

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

    Seminar in Elementary Education EDE 6930
    Advanced study of critical issues and problems in elementary education.

    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.

    Instructional Practice in Exceptional Student Education I EEX 5068
    Theoretical basis and principles of appropriate instructional practices and techniques for students with mild disabilities, IEP planning, and curriculum development.

    Action 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.

    Instruction in Elementary Mathematics MAE 6318
    Refines skills related to program development, methods of teaching, selection of materials, and review of research, in elementary mathematics education.

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

    Theory and Instruction in Literacy RED 6314
    Process of reading program development, methods of teaching, selection of materials, and review of research in elementary reading education.

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

    Curriculum Development in English as a Second Language TSL 5142
    Description, analysis, planning, design, and evaluation of curriculum in English as a second language.

    Teaching and Learning in Elementary Science Education SCE 5314
    Course orientation is directed to understanding and examining "science for all" with employment of the Learning Cycle Model and numerous differentiated strategies for benchmark lessons in K-5 science.

    Instruction in Elementary Social Studies SSE 6355
    Refines skills related to program development, methods of teaching, selection of materials, and review of research in elementary social studies education.

  • 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: Elementary Education 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 Graduate Admissions 
    Modesto A. Maidique Campus, BT 201 
    11200 S.W. 8th Street 
    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.

    Scholarship opportunities available

    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

    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 Fall 2023

  • Priority Deadline: June 1, 2023
  • Fully Online 

  • 12-month program

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  • No GRE required

  • 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

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