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.

Humanities Education

This program supports educators who are interested in developing greater understanding and expertise in the teaching and learning of the humanities. Within this concentration, you will strengthen discipline-specific content knowledge, knowledge for teaching humanities, and a greater understanding of how curriculum and instructional approaches can be tailored to foster students’ understanding of concepts and questions about human experience and culture that invite a multidisciplinary response. 

Literacy Education

Educators who are interested in developing greater understanding and expertise in the teaching and learning of literacy can focus on this literacy education track.  Students in the program are often practicing teachers who want to strengthen their literacy instruction and earn a Reading Teacher K–12 endorsement from the state of Colorado. The optional Reading Teacher K-12 endorsement is an advanced, specialty certification, and therefore all candidates for the degree must have a minimum of two years' teaching experience and pass the Praxis Teaching Reading exam to be eligible to receive the endorsement. 

Math & Science Education

This 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 content knowledge in mathematics and science, and a greater understanding of how curriculum and instructional strategies can be tailored to foster students’ understandings of mathematics and science.

  • If you are interested in combining your Master’s coursework while working toward an initial teacher licensure in Secondary Math, Science, English or Social Studies, please explore our Master’s + Teacher Licensure program
  • We partner with local school districts. Learn more about Partners in Education, a program for early career teachers.

Admissions Requirements

  • A Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Current Resume
  • 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.

Deadlines

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

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