We are currently not accepting new students for 2024-25. We will update this page when we are open again for new students. 

The Master's in Curriculum & Instruction supports educators who are interested in developing greater understanding and expertise in the teaching and learning of three areas: Literacy Education, Math & Science, or Humanities Education. The programs prepare students to understand the complexities of classroom contexts and teaching practice in relation to education goals of equity, democracy, and justice.

The Literacy Education track supports teachers who are interested in developing greater understanding and expertise in the teaching and learning of literacy. Students are eligible for a Reading Teacher K-12 endorsement from the State of Colorado. 

Program Requirements

Students must successfully complete 30 credit hours of approved coursework while maintaining at least a B (3.0) average in all work attempted while enrolled.

The following coursework is required:

  • EDUC 5245 Foundations of Reading Instruction K-12 
  • EDUC 5255 Digital Literacies and New Media (prerequisite EDUC 5245) 
  • EDUC 5265 Processes in Writing 
  • EDUC 5275 Assessment in Literacy (prerequisite EDUC 5255) 
  • EDUC 5285 Reading Clinic Procedures K-12 (prerequisite EDUC 5275; Capstone Course)

15 credit hours of electives are required. Electives may be selected from any School of Education program area or in other departments on campus, with the agreement of the advisor.

Admissions Requirements

  • A Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Unofficial Transcripts (official transcripts required after admission)
  • If international, TOEFL scores
  • Application Fee ($60 domestic application/$80 international) along with the application

Admission to all our graduate programs is competitive and based on multiple criteria, including undergraduate academic record, letters of recommendation, personal statement, evidence of special accomplishments, and relevant past experience. Criteria are considered in the aggregate. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. For more information, contact edadvise@colorado.edu.


  • Fall & Summer Application Deadline: January 15, international
  • Fall & Summer Application Deadline: February 1, domestic
  • Spring Application Deadline: October 1, international and domestic 

For more information about courses and program requirements, visit the CU Boulder Course Catalog