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Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction

Design curriculum. Stay current. Prepare for National Board Certification.

Education today is a dynamic process that must respond quickly to changes in cultural, demographic, technological and other forces. The William Woods University Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction prepares you to respond to these challenges by designing and developing curriculum for your classroom and assessing its effectiveness. You’ll learn about educational trends, assessment procedures, and how to use advanced learning theories and educative design to adjust curriculum in response to current research.

At William Woods, you’ll be participating in an Education graduate program known for its excellence and for providing a significant number of the leaders in Missouri’s state school system. As one of these students, you will have the opportunity to learn from active practitioners in the field and make the connections you need for leadership and career growth.

The Master of Eduation in Curriculum and Instruction degree is designed to fit the schedules of working pk-12 teachers and can be completed in two years or less through evening courses taught in convenient locations around the state. You can expect rigorous coursework with real-world relevance, designed and taught by professionals who have proven their expertise. We structure the schedule intentionally to keep students together, allowing you to develop lasting relationships with peers focused on similar career goals. And, to make this an investment you can count on, your tuition will not go up as long as you stay continuously enrolled.

Your Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree at work

This program will prepare you for National Board Certification by using the National Board Professional Teaching Standards as the focal point of the curriculum. It will also prepare you to become a master teacher within your school district, and may also qualify you to become a curriculum and instruction director within your district. It does not meet Missouri requirements for building-level administrative certification.

575 # of our graduates who are now principals and assistant principals
123 # of our graduates who are now school district administrators
81 # of our graduates who are now school superintendents


You will earn the degree by completing ten three-credit courses, plus a three-credit Action Research course that includes research, a study that can be carried out in the classroom, and an action research paper suitable for journal publication. Students enrolled in the capstone course will also create a portfolio demonstrating their proficiency on each of the National Board Professional Teaching Standards.

Courses you may take

EDU 500

Current Issues In Education


EDU 520

Research Design


EDU 530

Improvement Of Instruction


EDU 540

Literacy Instruction


EDU 550

Curriculum Construction


EDU 585

Schools & Law


EDU 590

Appraisal Of Student Learning




  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts (2.5 GPA or higher) mailed from the college/university you graduated from

Cohorts available across Missouri

William Woods advanced education programs bring evening classrooms to districts and educators where there is interest. Districts in Fulton, Columbia, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City, Moberly, Springfield, Ozark, Cape Girardeau, Rolla and many more are running cohorts currently or have in the past.

Also available online

For those students looking to take a less traditional route and interested in earning your degree online, William Woods University also offers an Online Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction.

William Woods in the real world

Many of our graduates hold leadership positions in Missouri’s schools. All of them are great teachers.

Admissions Information

Learn more about graduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

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