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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

M.A. in Education - Curriculum and Instruction

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching  |   Master's Degree

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Purpose of Program

In the Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) concentration, students will work in a context that nurtures interdisciplinary learners who have an understanding of engagement in curriculum and instruction theory, research, practice, policy and critical issues. The program stresses the concepts of curricular innovation and teaching excellence while expanding students’ knowledge of content fields and applied research. This concentration is open to educators at all levels and subjects areas, and offers the flexibility to gain deeper knowledge in a number of emphasis areas. 

Program Options

The C&I concentration requires 33 (thesis) or 36 (non-thesis) semester hours for completion. In addition to general education courses, students must complete the following:

9 hours of core courses:

    • ILT   5003Principles of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
    • C&I  5003Theory of Curriculum and Instruction
    • EDU 5003Research Methods in Education

9 hours of C&I core courses:

    • C&I 5013Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
    • C&I 6103Research in Action
    • C&I 6673Policy and Critical Issues in Teaching     


    • C&I 7123Critical Perspectives in C&I

Students must also complete 18 hours of support courses in C&I or in specific content areas in education fields that support the student’s professional and academic goals (e.g. mathematics or science education).  Faculty advisors will assist in the selection of appropriate courses based on interests and needs of the student.

Students are required to submit a comprehensive portfolio in their final semester.  The portfolio is a collection of artifacts, reflection, and other information created and organized by each student and succinctly reflects the student’s professional and scholarly growth over time by describing specific accomplishments and subsequent application of knowledge gained and applied in a practical setting.

Career Opportunities

The C&I concentration supports educators at all points of their careers and at all levels of learning, from early childhood through adult education. The program prepares curriculum coordinators and specialists for their roles in schools or training development settings and also provides a foundation for administrators in their roles as curriculum leaders. Graduates are marketable in a variety of after-school programs, non-profit organizations, museums, textbook publishing companies and education testing organizations.

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet UTSA Graduate School admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended. In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in last 60 hours coursework
  • Be in good standing with the last institution attended
  • Completion of 18 undergraduate credit hours in education or related field (including 12 upper-division level hours)**

** Applicants without adequate undergraduate hours in education may be required to complete background courses as a condition of admission. If assigned, these are required in addition to the miminum number of hours for the degree.

Freshmen | Freshmen (International) | Transfers | Transfer (International) | Re-Admission | Non-Degree Seeking

For assistance with Admission Requirements, or for further information, contact the program's Student Development Specialist (Listed Under Contacts)


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