Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction Non-Licensure Concentration

This 36-credit program covers an array of education-related topics and situations, and candidates participate in a self-designed capstone project.

The graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction is for candidates who:

  • have a strong interest in education or are pursuing a career in an education setting that does not require formal licensing or certification
  • already hold an initial license in Massachusetts, and want to earn a master’s degree (M.Ed.)
  • already hold an initial license in Massachusetts, and want to earn a master’s degree (M.Ed.) PLUS an additional license


Students admitted to the Curriculum and Instruction program will be assigned an academic advisor. The advisor will help construct a program that meets your personal and professional objectives. The course list below is a guide and can be altered with advisor approval. All students must contact their academic advisor to be cleared for registration each semester.

Program Components


The core of our program emphasizes social justice and the role that education plays in a democratic, pluralistic, and complex society. Required courses for all students are as follows:

  • EDU 5000 – Critical Issues in Education
  • EDU 6140 – Diversity & Social Justice
  • EDU 6100 – Research Topics in Education
  • EDU 6850 – Capstone

Students may choose from any of the following concentrations, or consult with their academic advisor to create a track based on individual personal and professional goals. Concentrations can be in any of the licensure areas, or a self-designed concentration.

Moderate Disabilities, with add-on license

  • EDU 5710 – Challenges in Learning and Development
  • EDU 5200 – Reading Strategies and Interventions
  • EDU 5810 – Assessment in Moderate Disabilities

English as a Second Language, with add-on license

  • EDU 5910 – Foundations of ESL
  • EDU 5900 – Linguistic Foundations
  • EDU 5530 – Assessment of ESL
  • EDU 5560 – Teaching Content to ELLs

Early Childhood Education, with add-on license

  • ED 575G – Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • ED 537G – Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Early Childhood Reading and Language Arts
  • ED 538G – Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Early Childhood Math
  • ED 5300G – Early Childhood STEAM
  • ED 5710G – Challenges in Learning and Development

Leadership and Community Studies

  • EDU 6907 – Advanced Leadership and Policy in Education
  • CME 6420 – School, Family and Community Partnerships
  • CME 6130 – Social Policy for Children and Families

Students may be able to choose electives from other graduate programs within the School of Education & Social Policy.


Students complete a self-designed capstone project — an original research project that can be practice- or policy-focused. Each student will choose an area of interest related to their career goals, and focused on creating change in Education. The capstone course is the culminating experience of the master’s program in Curriculum and Instruction. 

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