M.Ed. or C.A.S. in Curriculum and Instruction
National Louis University’s graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction is for educators who want to improve curriculum design, instructional effectiveness and learner achievement. Our program in Curriculum and Instruction offers both a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction and a post-graduate Certificate of Advanced Study.
Consider getting your curriculum and instruction master's at NLU if you:
- Are interested in strengthening your instructional practices
- Want to enhance your curriculum design capabilities
- Want to increase and improve learner achievements
- Want to earn a state endorsement in your teaching concentration
- Would like to expand your career options and increase your salary levels
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Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Degree Options
Master of Education (M.Ed.): The Master's in Curriculum and Instruction degree is designed for licensed professional teachers seeking advanced preparation for higher levels of professional competence in the classroom.
Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.): The C.A.S. in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for those seeking to add a new career dimension to his or her current professional competencies. Applicants for the C.A.S. must have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and, if required by the program, a valid teaching license.
The state of Illinois recently changed naming conventions for teaching certification types. To view the complete list of name changes, click here.
What You Will Learn
Through coursework, practicum experiences and study with peers and faculty, you’ll learn specific skills that can help you improve achievement levels in your learning environment such as:
- How to identify a topic, generate a research question, and design an inquiry to obtain data
- How to collect, record and evaluate that data
- How to synthesize, organize and communicate your findings to a variety of audiences
- How to best use these results to improve your practice
Students may customize their curriculum and instruction graduate degree by choosing from a single topic area of interest. Concentrations are 18 semester hours, and include the following options:
ESL/Bilingual Education — meets the State of Illinois requirements to work in a Bilingual Education, ESL or Dual Instructional program.
Health Education — prepares health educators to use their knowledge of health, health education and teaching skills in professional practice.
Science Education — designed for licensed teachers interested in obtaining the State of Illinois middle school science endorsement.
Social Studies Education — appropriate for licensed teachers who want to improve their knowledge and teaching of the new National Content Areas Standards in Social Studies.
NEW! Personalized Option — allows students to sample “mini-concentrations” before committing to a concentration, including the new 6 semester hour National Board Certification Preparation track. Mini-concentrations are available in:
- ESL/Bilingual Education
- Health Education
- Science Education
- Mathematics Education
If you’re a teacher, curriculum designer, or work in the education field, a curriculum and instruction master's can help deepen your expertise. Schools that want to succeed need teachers and curriculum specialists with the knowledge of innovative, effective instructional techniques and pedagogical best practices. With a curriculum and instruction master's, you can stay in the classroom but have a say in the curriculum and how it is taught; specialize in curriculum design for students with special needs or learning disabilities; or work as an independent educational consultant or textbook designer.
Why Earn a Graduate Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at NLU?
NLU has a long-standing reputation for its education and administrator training programs, and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Since 1886, we’ve trained thousands of Chicago-area teachers, and continue to graduate the majority of Illinois’ Golden Apple Award winners — one of the most prestigious teacher honors in the state. Our faculty brings a wealth of practical experience and academic knowledge to the classroom, and our students are highly qualified — creating a unique depth to NLU’s Master of Education programs.
Plus, NLU offers multiple entry and exit points in the program so you can combine full-time work with self-paced study. Our range of traditional, blended and online learning environments expand your study options even further.
Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program Admission Requirements
All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at nl.edu/applyonline.
Get more information today about enrolling at NLU. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888.658.8632).
Please note: The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may change the state licensure and endorsement requirements at any time and without prior notice. Teacher candidates will be bound by the requirements in place when applying for licensure, not by the licensure requirements in place when beginning their program. That is, the state may specify that a new regulation is immediately applicable to all candidates with no provisions made for candidates who began their work on licensure under different regulations.