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UT Tyler School of Education - Graduate

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Online and Face-to-Face Options

The School of Education provides educators two options for advancing their craft through earning a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Our primary method of delivery is in an online environment. Our secondary method of delivery is in face-to-face courses to address the specific needs of various cohorts.

For students interested in the online option, all education courses in this degree are online and provide students with advanced Curriculum and Instruction coursework with an emphasis on diversity and technology. In addition, the degree structure allows the student to focus on a professional cognate area. The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree is appropriate for teachers who wish to prepare to be instructors of high school dual credit/junior college level courses.

Applicants for the Master of Education degree with a major in Curriculum and Instruction must meet General Degree Requirements of the School of Education. Tuition and fees are substantially discounted for online courses. Traditional, face-to-face courses taken toward the degree do not receive discounted tuition and fees. Contact Dr. Yanira Oliveras-Ortiz for further information at yoliverasortiz@uttyler.edu.

A student may transfer a maximum of 9 semester hours of graduate credit in which a grade of "B" or better has been earned from approved institutions. Transfer credit must be approved by the student's advisor. Transfer credit cannot be approved unless an official transcript of all transfer work is on file in the Office of Graduate Studies. Transfer credit should be evaluated and approved prior to the completion of the degree plan.

Marketable Skills:

The student will have the following marketable skills:

  • Ethical conduct toward students and professional colleagues as they serve as instructional leaders
  • Develop, teach and coach colleagues on the implementation of best instructional and curricular practices
  • Understand how cultural factors and group memberships impact students and their learning to plan differentiated instruction 
  • Integrate instructional technology to enhance the relevancy and rigor of learning experiences
  • Facilitate the instructional and curricular planning processes
  • Understand and implement best practices for curriculum development
  • Effectively mentor and coach colleagues to promote professional development
  • Evaluate academic standards and assessment to understand how they influence curriculum development
  • Identify parts of a curriculum document and explain how each are influenced by philosophical, social, and psychological forces
  • Knowledge and application of learning and motivational theories
  • Understand how developmental psychology and current education theory drive curriculum design
  • Understand, compare, critique, and apply key theories of learning and development
  • Understand, synthesize, and apply key constructs in cognition and motivation
  • Identify, understand, and use individual difference and contextual factors to promote student learning
  • Analyze lessons to apply components of key theories of learning and development to design curriculum and promote student learning
  • Evaluate educational research to identify and implement research-based practices

Program Cost:

Total program tuition costs approximately $7,540 based on the 2019-2020 tuition schedule.

Application Deadline: 

Application and all required application documents must be received two weeks prior to the first day of classes of the semester you wish to enroll.  In accordance with Texas Administrative Code, all applicants must be fully admitted prior to taking any coursework,  Therefore, no provisional admission is allowed.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program, a prospective student must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Possess or in the process of obtaining teacher certification.
  • Complete the application for admission to a graduate program.
  • Submit the following documents directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at the address below:
    • Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
    • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the last 5 years - This can be waived if your last 60 hours of undergraduate work is a 3.25 or higher and will be determined once all transcripts have been submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
    • Copy of your teacher certification

The Office of Graduate Admissions, STE 345
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd
Tyler Texas 75799

You may also email documents to ogs@uttyler.edu

  • Admission is determined based on undergraduate GPA and, if necessary, satisfactory scores on the GRE in combination with the undergraduate GPA, and the applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study.  For consideration for admission to the program, the applicant must either have an undergraduate GPA (last 60 hours) of 3.25 or higher, or earn at least 5 points from the following table:


Points Awarded

GRE (Verbal)

Points Awarded

GRE (Quantitative)

Points Awarded











 Below 141








Below 2.000


Below 146




Degree Requirements:

Core Courses (18 hours - required)

EDUC 5301: Statistics & Research Methods for the Learning Sciences
EDUC 5302: Developing an Educational Research Proposal
EDUC 5303: Applied Learning Theories (*see note below)
EDUC 5351: Assessment in Educational Settings
EDUC 5352: Curriculum Foundations (*see note below)
EDUC 5356: Diversity in Educational Settings (*see note below)


*Individuals seeking initial teacher certification will take courses specifically designed for the post-baccalaureate initial teacher certification program in place of EDUC 5303 and EDUC 5352.

*Students whose specialization is a single content area may substitute EDUC 5303 and EDUC 5356 for two content area courses. 

Specialization Area (12 hours)

12 hours of specialization course work in STEM Education, Instructional Coaching, Educational Technology, post-baccalaureate initial teacher certification, or in a single content area. Students should contact the graduate advisor for courses that meet the requirements of the specialization.

Total: 30 hours

View the tentative rotation of courses for the online Master's of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Flyer

Contact Information:

For Program Information:

Dr. Yanira Oliveras-Ortiz (Curriculum & Instruction)
BEP 245

For Admission Information:


For complaints about this certification educator preparation program, please follow the policy outlined in the Certification Program's Complaint Policy.

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