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.

This program track supports educators who are interested in developing greater understanding and expertise in the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. The program helps you develop your own content knowledge in mathematics and science, as well as greater understanding of how curriculum and instructional strategies can be tailored to foster students’ understandings of mathematics and science. 

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.

3 credit hours of learning and development courses. Eligible courses include:

  • EDUC 6318 Psychological Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 6328 Advanced Child Growth and Educational Development
  • EDUC 5105 Teaching for Understanding and Equity

3 credit hours of foundations of education curriculum courses. Eligible courses include:

  • EDUC 5065 Curriculum Theories
  • EDUC 6220 Gender Issues in Education
  • EDUC 5075 Sociology in Education
  • EDUC 6230 Ethics in Education
  • EDUC 5085 History of American Education
  • EDUC 6235 Anthropology of Education
  • EDUC 5115 Issues in School Change and Reform
  • EDUC 7055 Philosophy of Education
  • EDUC 5726 Introduction to Disciplined Inquiry
  • EDUC 7446 Seminar: Policy Issues in Education
  • EDUC 6210 Education Policy and the Law

12 credit hours of curriculum and instruction in math and science courses. Eligible courses include:

  • EDUC 5070 Spirituality and Religion in Education
  • EDUC 5820 Teaching K-12 Mathematics: Algebraic Thinking
  • EDUC 5317 Perspectives on Mathematics
  • EDUC 5822 Teaching and Learning Chemistry
  • EDUC 5460 Teaching and Learning Physics
  • EDUC 5831 Teaching K-12 Mathematics: Geometry & Measurement
  • EDUC 5580 Physics and Everyday Thinking
  • EDUC 5840 Teaching K-12 Mathematics: Probability & Statistics
  • EDUC 5706 Assessment in Mathematics and Science Education
  • EDUC 6811 Teaching and Learning Biology
  • EDUC 5815 Teaching K-12 Mathematics: Number Sense

3 credit capstone

EDUC 6964 Capstone: Inquiry in the Content Areas 

9 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. Education courses must be at the 5000 level or above.


Applicants to our Master’s programs will be considered automatically for a handful of scholarships at the time of admission. Applicants do not need to do anything to be considered apart from completing the application for admission by the posted application deadline. Automatic-consideration scholarships for MA students are only available for applicants to the Fall or Summer terms. All scholarships are one-time awards and will be applied across the Fall and Spring semesters. Applicants to the MA in Curriculum & Instruction: Math & Science program will be automatically considered for the Women Investing in the School of Education (WISE) Endowed Student Support Fund ($2,000)

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


  • 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