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The College of Education prepares skilled professionals who inspire excellence and create transformative change in the schools and communities in which they serve by enhancing scholarship, achievement, and service through collaborative partnerships, promoting and modeling innovative, ethical, and research - based practices and, embracing inclusion and social justice.

Philosophical Framework

The philosophical foundation of the Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is designed to provide professional educators increased knowledge of current research on teaching and learning and its contexts and to apply that research in practice. The degree provides an opportunity for teachers to focus on an area of interest and to develop increased skills and knowledge in that area.

The College of Education prepares skilled professionals who inspire excellence and create transformative change in the schools and communities in which they serve by enhancing scholarship, achievement, and service through collaborative partnerships, promoting and modeling innovative, ethical, and research - based practices and, embracing inclusion and social justice.


The overarching goals of the College of Education seek to:

  • Ensure high quality preparation of education and counseling professionals
  • Engage in research - based inquiry and practice
  • Embrace diversity through action
  • Proactively collaborate with the community
  • Provide continual professional growth opportunities
  • Infuse and enhance the use of technology

The mission and goals of the College of Education and the Department of Teaching & Learning guide graduate students to not only develop and enhance the knowledge and skills expected in graduate study, but also to provide a meaningful structure for supporting the essential elements of each program. The model assumes that professional educators will serve as instructional leaders within their school lettings and that learning to teach is a developmental process. Teachers enhance their instructional leadership skills by:

  1. Increasing the professional knowledge base
  2. Reflecting on practice.

The Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum & Instruction is a thirty (30) - semester hour program designed for licensed, practicing teachers who desire to continue developing their professional expertise. Candidates complete a core of academic work requiring

  1. Examination of educational issues from the perspective of social context and culturally responsive pedagogy;
  2. Investigation and analysis of curricular design and models of teaching;
  3. Examination and analysis of seminal and current research and application of research in instructional settings;
  4. Consideration of and for the role and uses of technology in Curriculum & Instruction and implementation in the classroom. Further, the selection of a cognate emphasis area allows students to concentrate their coursework in an area of instruction in which they wish to develop a particular expertise (Curriculum & Instruction, Science Education, Gifted & Talented, Instructional Technology, Special Education, Counseling and Human Services and Leadership.)

Financial Aid Priority filing date is March 1

General MA Admissions Checklist

Complete the electronic online application: Apply Now!

Obtain three letters of reference

Submit one transcript from all institutions of higher education previously attended

Prepare a career goal statement (see department specific requirements)

Current résumé

Complete a background check or provide an unofficial copy of teaching licensure

Interview with department faculty member

Once application materials are in, you will need to interview with a faculty advisor for the program.

**If you have questions about the program before or during the Admissions process, or would like more programmatic information, call 719-255-4996 or

Additional items of note for International applicants:
English Proficiency must be demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 550-(paper-based) or 80-(internet-based) or a Kaplan International Tools for English (KITE®) score of a minimum of 460. Students may make arrangements to take KITE® at the Global Engagement Office.

Applicants with any post-secondary course work from an international higher education institution that is recognized by their country’s Education Ministry must submit a course-by-course foreign degree evaluation by member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, AACRAO ( or World Education Services/WES

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities.

Masters Degree candidates must demonstrate practical knowledge in the field of teaching along with the research skills and practices necessary for graduate - level work.

To be admitted to the Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction, the applicant/candidate must submit and meet the following criteria:

Admissions Requirements
Admissions Decision Points
Baccalaureate Degree Hold a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited, 4 - year institution of higher education with a preference given to students who have successful documentation of high quality undergraduate work in the liberal arts and sciences and in a teaching field and who hold a teaching license.
Application Complete and submit a program application
Grade Point Average (GPA) Document, through official transcripts, a minimum GPA of 2.75 for completed undergraduate work and 3.0 for graduate work.
Professional Goals Statement Demonstrate professional dispositions through development of a personal goal statement (minimum 2 - page, double spaced, word processed)
Interview Requirement Participate in Professional Interview with Department Chair or Department faculty
MA Advising Appointment Schedule an advising appointment (interview and appointment can be done simultaneously) with Department Chair or Department faculty – bring all official transcripts of conferred degrees, course work, and copy of teaching license, if applicable)
Letters of Recommendation Submit three letters of recommendation (one academic, two professional) from professionals with whom you have worked or studied under.
Evidence of Successful Teaching Submit evidence of successful teaching experience (letter from building administrator)
Transfer Credit MA candidates may request (to Department Chair) to transfer in up to 9 semester credits of graduate course work from a regionally accredited, 4 - year institution of higher education if the course work is deemed to be appropriate for the MA in Curriculum & Instruction. All transfer requests must officially document grades of 3.0 or higher in order to be transferred. MA candidates must supply course catalog descriptions and course syllabi for all requested transfer course work.


MA applicants who do not meet the GPA criteria but have shown, through other application materials, the potential to achieve at the graduate level may be afforded provisional acceptance which will be contingent upon receiving a 3.0 or higher on the first 9 credits of graduate work at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Post-Admission Requirements

Following admission to the Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction, candidates may enroll in graduate courses in the College of Education.

MA Program Requirements for Accepted MA CandidatesCriteria
Grade Point Averages Maintain a 3.0 GPA in all coursework throughout the program, including course work taken outside the College of Education.
Cognate Emphasis Areas in the MA in C&I Within the four departments of the College of Education, MA candidates may choose to emphasize course work for their 9 - credit cognate emphasis area in one of the following areas: Counseling & Human Services, Gifted & Talented Education, Leadership, Culturally Linguistically Diverse Education/TESOL, Science, Special Education, Instructional Technology.
Course Delivery Option There are two options for candidates enrolling in the MA in Curriculum & Instruction: Campus - based and online. Online candidates course delivery will be completely online. Campus candidates may enroll in either campus or online courses based on the posted rotating schedule.

Courses for the General MA Curriculum and Instruction

The general Master of Arts degree in Curriculum & Instruction requires the following coursework:

MA RequirementsRequired Coursework
Required Core Courses – 12 Semester Credits CURR 5000 - 3 credits
Foundations: History & Research in Curriculum Studies
CURR 5002 - 3 credits
Issues, Strategies, & Models in Curriculum Design
LEAD 5700 - 3 credits
Introduction to Research & Statistics
CURR 5090 - 3 credits
Masters Research Project (To be taken as the FINAL Course)
(Prerequisite: LEAD 5700 - 3 Introduction to Research and Statistics)
Cognate Emphasis Area–9 Semester Credits
(selected from focus area)
Students identify an area of concentration within the College of Education. Cognate areas include Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education, Gifted & Talented, Instructional Technology, Leadership, Research & Foundations, Science Education, and Special Education. Courses required for each cognate are listed below.
Elective Coursework – 9 Semester Credits Students may choose electives from any cogate area in the College of Education including Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education, Gifted & Talented, Instructional Technology, Leadership, Research & Foundations, Science Education, and Special Education. Elective choices are listed below.

Cognate Choices by Program

Individual courses may also be taken as electives.

Gifted & Talented

*CURR 5201 –3 Foundations of Gifted Education
CURR 5202 –4 The Assessment & Identification of Gifted & Talented Students
CURR 5203 –4 The Psychology of the Gifted:
Social Emotional Need & Special Need Populations
CURR 5215 –3 Gifted Program Leadership
CURR 5206 -3 Creativity in Gifted Education
CURR 5211 -3 Curriculum Models & Aligned Programming for Gifted Students
CURR 5214 -3 Differentiated Instruction & research-based Strategies for Teaching the Gifted
*CURR 5201 should be taken first, as a prerequisite for the other courses. All courses apply to the Gifted Education Specialist Endorsement; endorsement requires the additional completion of CURR 5230 Practicum (3 credits).


Culturally Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE)

CURR 5700 -3 Introduction to ESL - Multicultural Education
CURR 5701 -3 Materials & Methods in ESL/Multicultural Education
CURR 5703 -3 Methods, Materials, & Theories of Assessment for ELLs


Science Education

CURR 5501 -3 Exploring the Science Curriculum
CURR 5502 -3 Dev. Manipulative Materials for Science Teaching
CURR 5503 -3 Integrating Reading & Science
CURR 5504 -3 Topics in Teaching Science
CURR 5520 -3 Activities for Teaching Physical Sciences
CURR 5511 -3 Teaching Energy & Environment
CURR 5522 -3 Teaching Cosmology
CURR 5514 -3 Activities for Teaching Weather
CURR 5530 -3 Cutting Edge Science for Cutting Edge Teachers


Leadership, Research, & Foundations

*LEAD 5070 –3 Human Resources Management and Staff Development
*LEAD 5170 -3 Collaborative Leadership for Equity and Community Outreach
*LEAD 5230 -3 Instructional Leadership
LEAD 6050 -3 Financing Schools and Programs
LEAD 6400 –3 Legal Issues for School Leaders
*required courses for the LRF cognate

Special Education

SPED 5003 -3 Classroom and Instructional Management
SPED 5004 -3 Self-Determination and Transition
SPED 5010 -3 Structured Literacy I
SPED 5020 -3 Significant Support Needs
SPED 5021 -3 Positive Behavior Interventions and Support


Instructional Technology

*CURR 5170 -3 Introduction to Technology
*CURR 5171 -3 K-12 Web Based Educational Resources
*CURR 5172 -3 Multimedia Development for K - 12 Education
^CURR 5120 -3 Instructional Technology Project (requires instructor permission)

*required course for the IT cognate^optional independent study course. If CURR 5120 is completed in conjunction with CURR 5170, 5171, and 5172, then candidates earn an Instructional Technology Certificate.


Elective Course Choices from M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction : Literacy

The general M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction does not offer a cognate in literacy. However, the following courses from the M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction: Literacy Emphasis are available as electives.

CURR 5401 -3 Issues and Trends
CURR 5412 -3 Strategies in Writing Instruction
CURR 5415 -3 Foundations of Literacy: Theories and Models
CURR 5420 -3 Literature for Children and Adolescents
CURR 5702 -3 Literacy for Diverse Learners


Transition from Alternative Licensure Program

Students who start out in the Alternative Licensure Program subplan but later decide not to pursue licensure may complete the general M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction by counting ALP core courses toward their cognate and/or electives and completing the rest of the M.A. core.

CURR 5800 -3 Schools, Society & Diversity
TED    5520 -3 Educational Psychology
SPED  5001 -3 Introduction to Special Education
TED    5800 -3 ESL for Educators
CURR 5014 -3 Instructional and Classroom Management Strategies I
CURR 5016 -3 Instructional and Classroom Management Strategies II