Curriculum and Instruction

Degree:Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Major:Curriculum and Instruction
Specializations:Elementary Education Comprehensive
Middle Level Education Comprehensive
Secondary Education Comprehensive
Department:Teacher Education and Educational Leadership
Building 86, Room 126
College:Education and Professional Studies
CIP Code:13.0301
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 36

The Curriculum and Instruction Comprehensive Master's Program is part of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited Professional Education Unit but is not an initial certification program. Although students earning the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction may complete courses in more than one specialization, only one degree will be awarded. For specializations in Elementary Education Comprehensive, Middle Level Education Comprehensive, and Secondary Education Comprehensive, students will choose a cognate area in conjunction with an advisor. The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction offers seven pre-approved cognates: Elementary; Middle-level; Secondary; Career & Technical; Instructional Technology; Reading Endorsement; and a Professional Training Option. Students pursuing the Professional Training Option must be enrolled in either the Middle Level Education Comprehensive or the Secondary Education Comprehensive Specializations.

Tracks, options, and concentrations are an informal designation used by graduate programs to indicate areas of emphasis and research, but have no formal significance. They do not appear on the student transcript and diploma. 

Students will be assigned a faculty mentor who will provide career advice and advisement concerning professional issues.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the applicant must meet the following minimum departmental admission requirements for provisional admission:

  • Hold or be seeking professional teaching certification*
  • Have earned a GPA of at least 3.0 on bachelor's degree**
  • Submit a current (within five years) official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores OR Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score***
  • Submit a letter of intent that includes the following information: your background, short- and long-term goals, contributions you would like to make to your field of study, and strengths you bring to the program
  • Submit contact information (email addresses and phone numbers) for two professional references

*** The graduate admission test may be waived for the following: 

  • Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited institution.

To be fully admitted to the program, the following requirements must be met in addition to the requirements for provisional admission (above). Full admission is required by the fifth week of the first semester. Students will be unable to register for a second semester of coursework until full admission has been granted.

  • Purchase and activation of a subscription to the Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership's assessment system, Tk20, within the first week of the first semester
  • Completion of the Professional Education Applicant Disposition Scale by each person identified as a professional reference
  • Completion of the Professional Education Applicant Disposition Self-rating Scale within Tk20

Applicants to the Professional Training Option must meet the FLDOE subject area requirements for certification in middle or secondary English, math, science, or social sciences.


Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement but submit a desired current GRE verbal or MAT score at or above the 50th percentile and meet all remaining admission requirements may be conditionally admitted to the program.

All approvals for admission to the Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership are subject to reevaluation as students progress through the program. Students denied admission or removed from the program may appeal the decision to the Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies.

Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership students are expected to adhere to the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida and national standards of conduct associated with professional, accreditation, and state agencies. Students who are struggling to meet content and/or disposition standards and/or competencies may be referred to the Culture of Achievement through System of Tiered support (CAST) process. Any student who is referred to the CAST process and does not successfully complete the process may be denied continued enrollment in any professional education program.

A grade of C or better is required for all coursework to be applied to the degree program.