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M.S. Curriculum and Instruction - Educational Leadership Online

With an emphasis on developing your expertise in curricular leadership, this graduate online program gives you the tools to elevate your career and expand your influence beyond the classroom.

Program Overview

Discover our online M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction – Educational Leadership program

Our Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Educational Leadership online program prepares you for professional advancement as an instructional leader in a variety of environments. Examine contemporary research and practices applicable in teacher leadership roles while learning to write, execute and direct the implementation of sound curriculum as well as appropriate teaching strategies.


Total Tuition

as few as 12 months

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100% online coursework strengthens your skills in problem-solving, decision-making, communication and consultation to give you an advantage in today’s rapidly changing local and global societies. You will examine a practical approach to the complexities of learning in order to enhance your abilities in effectively and strategically creating a systemic curriculum process.

Curriculum for this online educational leadership master’s program emphasizes practical application of advanced theories of pedagogy, research, assessment and coaching to improve learning. Specialization courses include Decision Making in Curriculum Development, Curriculum Development for Continuous Improvement, and Ethics & Curriculum Implementation. This program does not lead to principal certification.

Our accelerated, 7-week courses are delivered in an online format designed to be flexible for busy schedules and allow you to balance your studies with other life responsibilities. You can complete this 33 credit-hour program in as few as 12 months.

In the M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction online program, you will:
  • Synthesize and analyze current research to develop curriculum and instructional models
  • Apply evidence-based teaching practices and methodologies
  • Enhance instruction based on the synthesis, analysis, assessment and evaluation of data to ensure culturally competent teaching and learning
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The Texas A&M International University College of Education is accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification.



Experience the value of our affordable 100% online program

Tuition for the M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Educational Leadership online program is affordable and can be paid by the course. All fees are included.

In-State Tuition:

The following tuition applies only to Texas residents.

*Tuition Subject to Change

Program Tuition $12,111

In-State Tuition Per Credit hour: $367


Out-of-State Tuition:

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*The maximum grant amount can vary by year. TEACH Grants are available to qualified applicants and require approved recipients to sign a service agreement for certain teaching service obligations for four academic years. If you do not meet the requirements of your service obligation, the grant will turn into a Direct Unsubsidized Loan that must be repaid with all accrued interest from the date of disbursement. For more information, please visit: or contact the Texas A&M International University Financial Aid Office.



Our course schedule is designed for flexibility

The M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Educational Leadership program is delivered online, featuring 7-week courses and six start dates each year. Choose the start date that is best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring I 2023 01/17/2023 01/03/2023 01/09/2023 01/11/2023 01/13/2023
Spring II 2023 03/20/2023 03/06/2023 03/13/2023 03/15/2023 03/20/2023
Summer I 2023 05/15/2023 05/01/2023 05/08/2023 05/10/2023 05/12/2023
Summer II 2023 07/10/2023 06/26/2023 07/03/2023 07/05/2023 07/07/2023
Graduate Programs Degree Plan


M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction online admission requirements
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours

International Transcript Evaluation:
TAMIU does their own foreign credential evaluations. Graduate School does not require third party evaluations nor are obligated to accept the results, or GPA calculations, if an evaluation is submitted. If an applicant submits an official evaluation, the evaluation does not replace official transcripts or certificates of graduation.

Official transcripts from all institutions attended can be sent to:

Texas A&M International University
Graduate School
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center, Suite 223
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, TX 78041
Electronically to [email protected]

**Former TAMIU students DO NOT have to request TAMIU transcripts.

For documents other than transcripts, please upload to your application portal located here. If transcripts are uploaded to the portal, you will be asked to resend all official transcripts by mail or email and will delay the application process.

Have a question? Call us at 844-872-8712.



Take a look at the online educational leadership program curriculum

Curriculum for the M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Educational Leadership online program is comprised of 11 courses (33 credit hours). Students are required to take six core courses, which include a fixed first course (EDCI 5313: Foundations of Curriculum) and a capstone (EDCI 5317: Evaluation of Curriculum & Instruction); and five specialization courses.

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You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide a historical and conceptual foundation in the discipline of curriculum and instruction for those beginning their graduate work. It will cover the historical and philosophical beginnings of the traditional content taught in the public school systems in the U.S., from pre-kindergarten through completion of the academic core of post-secondary schooling. Examination of key components of the purpose and methods of instruction will punctuate the historical context to identify specific C&I elements in some of the following eras: ancient and pre-modern contributions, Pre-Colonial and Colonial American schooling, early foundations of instruction in the U.S., implications of modern C&I, and trends in post-modern C&I. A major element of the course will be the development of a research topic and subsequent student project focusing on the topic. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Engage in critical analysis of education’s place in today’s rapidly changing local and global society with a focus on comprehending education from historic, philosophic, social and cultural perspectives and the impact of those perspectives on current practice. Evaluate curricular and instructional perspectives and ways of viewing educational history from a theoretically informed lens. Critically examine the practices and policies used in schooling to enact decisions on curricular reforms in schooling with a critical understanding of diversity, social inequity, and equal educational opportunities. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a thorough treatment of various standard, research-based techniques for evaluation of instruction (i.e., authentic assessments, alternative assessments, qualitative and quantitative testing methods, and non-specific measurement methods). In addition, this course explores the concepts behind assessment, identifies various assessment tools and incorporates models of assessment appropriate for a variety of instructional settings. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a general survey of theories of learning as they apply to the modern classroom. The course is designed to acquaint students with major historical and modern theories and their proponents of how children learn together, with implications for schools in modern society. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides the competencies required for critical understanding, evaluation and utilization of published educational research. The course addresses quantitative and qualitative research methods. Topics include problem formulation and refinement; research design; sampling; measurement and data collection; data-analysis techniques; and the inference process.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course addresses teacher leadership in the context of advancing the expertise and leadership of peers, thereby expanding the teacher-leader’s sphere of influence beyond the walls of the classroom. Teachers explore mentoring and coaching models designed to promote the professional growth of their colleagues. They learn and apply skills for mentoring novice teachers and for engaging in coaching relationships with peers at all stages of the teacher-development cycle. Various forms of collaboration with colleagues are addressed, and diversity—as well as interpersonal and communication skills—are emphasized. Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing

You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the effective implementation and assessment of curriculum programs in schools. It explores educational policies specific to the role of educators as curriculum leaders. This course will examine the structures that need to be in place to allow curriculum developers and leaders to work collaboratively.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course provides an overview of several paradigms of learning and their relationship to decision-making models. Students will learn to design and evaluate curriculum, develop instructional materials, assess student learning and measure instructional outcomes.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to teach a practical, step-by-step approach in learning the complex procedures of the assessment process at the local, state and federal levels. The course will analyze and synthesize various aspects of assessment particularly progress monitoring as applied to the acquisition of knowledge and skills, and the increased consideration of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the assessment process. This course examines how students' assessment data drives curriculum implementation.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will emphasize the development of communication and collaboration within an organization. Students will have the opportunity to explore and develop strategies that can enhance their ability to effectively and strategically develop a systemic curriculum process

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will examine leadership strategies to build collaborative relationships with families, communities, and colleagues to develop comprehensive instructional strategies that address the diverse and equitable academic needs of students via ethical curriculum implementation.


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