Master’s of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

Program overview

Boost your instructional expertise and help today’s students to thrive 

Is it time to increase your impact as an educator? Seattle Pacific University’s MEd in Curriculum and Instruction provides two pathways for teachers to bolster their instructional expertise and leadership capacity. Develop your skills in educational theory, research, and best practices to enhance your ability to create culturally sustainable and inclusive learning spaces that impact the health of our schools.

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Program Overview

Depending upon your specific professional goals and interests, there are two areas of concentration:

Concentration 1: Curriculum and Instruction
This program invites teachers to explore current educational theory, research, and best professional practices to enhance their knowledge and skills as they serve, and advocate for, today’s students. Designed for educators who aim to grow in their professional practice, this program will help equip teachers to meet the needs of diverse classrooms, creating culturally sustainable and inclusive learning spaces. Program graduates are highly skilled, research-informed teachers and instructional leaders in their schools. A master’s degree may also qualify teachers for a higher placement on their district salary scale.

Concentration 2: Teacher Leadership
The Teacher Leadership program is designed for current teachers who are already serving, or who wish to serve, as leaders in their schools. This program is aligned with Teacher-Leader Model Standards and Washington state Teacher Principal Evaluation Standards. Washington state Principal or Program Administrator Certification courses are embedded in the program course sequence.

Graduates from this concentration will have completed two or more of the seven required classes for the Principal Certificate or Program Administrator Certificate. The remaining courses and the 9-credit internship can then be scheduled if the graduate decides to pursue an administrative certificate later in their career. Program graduates are teachers serving in leadership roles such as instructional coaches, department chairs, and leaders in assessment and school improvement initiatives.

Why Seattle Pacific for your Master’s of Education in Curriculum & Instruction? 

  1. Accomplished Faculty

    Courses within the Curriculum and Instruction program are taught by full-time faculty and expert practitioners. Each instructor is strongly committed to K–12 education and the majority hold doctoral degrees. School of Education faculty regularly engage in scholarly activities, and they are active leaders in professional organizations engaging the K–12 educational community.

  2. Flexible Delivery

    The Curriculum and Instruction program is offered through a combination of online and face-to-face classes, or in a fully online format. It is designed to be completed by full-time teachers in less than two years (seven quarters, including summer). Online courses utilize a user-friendly platform to enhance communication and interaction between students and faculty.

  3. Affordable

    SPU’s tuition rate for the Curriculum and Instruction program is comparable to other area institutions. Financial aid is available through a federally insured student loan program.

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Course Listings

Note: If students have taken similar courses in prior graduate programs of study, they may, with the permission of the chair, take substitute elective courses.

Foundations and Research (15 credits)

  • EDU 6085 Moral and Theological Issues in Education (3)
  • EDU 6120 American Education: Past and Present (3)
  • EDU 6655 Human Development and Principles of Learning (3)
  • EDU 6975 Interpreting and Applying Ed Research I (3)
  • EDU 6976 Interpreting and Applying Ed Research II or EDU 6979 Action Research in School Settings (3)

Concentration 1: Curriculum and Instruction (21 credits)

  • EDU 6524 Curriculum Design (3)
  • EDU 6525 Culturally Responsive Teaching (3)
  • EDU 6526 Survey of Instructional Strategies (3)
  • EDU 6613 Standards-Based Assessment (3)
  • EDSP 6644 Educating Exceptional Students (3)
  • EDU 6600 Communication & Collaboration (3)
  • EDRD 6641 Foundations of Reading Instruction (3)

Concentration 2: Teacher Leadership (21 credits)

  • EDAD 6583 Culturally Sustaining Practice (3)
  • EDAD 6589 Engaging Communities (3)
  • EDTC 6433 Teaching with Technology (3)
  • EDU 6613 Standards-Based Assessment (3)
  • EDU 6524 Curriculum Design (3)
  • EDU 6530 Foundations of Instructional Coaching (3)
  • Choice of elective course. Choose from list of electives below. (3)

Electives (3)

  • EDRD 6506 Literacy Assessment & Standards (3)
  • EDRD 6509 Linguistics for Educators (3)
  • EDRD 6529 Teach Reading: Strategies Instr (3)
  • EDRD 6530 Disciplinary Lit & Lang Learning (3)
  • EDRD 6531 Multicultural Children's/YA Lit (3)
  • EDSP 6644 Educating Exceptional Students (3)
  • EDSP 6653 Teaching Reading to Excptional Students (3)
  • EDU 6528 Accomplished Teaching (3)
  • EDU 6555 Gender Topics Edu & Leadership (3)
  • EDU 6600 Communication & Collaboration (3)
  • EDU 6950 Topics in Education (3)
  • EDU 6979 Action Research in Sch Settngs (3)

Culminating Experience/Capstone (3 credits)

  • Concentration 1: Curriculum and Instruction Capstone: EDU 6899 (3)
  • Concentration 2: Teacher Leadership Capstone: EDU 6990 (3)

Total required credits for degree: 39

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Tuition and fees for 2023–24

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Financial aid

Before applying for aid, you must first be admitted to a graduate program. Make sure you:

  • Enroll in at least 3 credits (or half-time) toward a degree or eligible certificate each quarter.
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

You may take advantage of scholarships and loans. SPU does not have a deadline for graduate financial aid, though earlier is always better than later! 

Learn more about the FAFSA and applying for financial help.

Learn more about scholarships, assistantships, and loans available to graduate students. 


Find out more about administrative and other School of Education program fees.

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Admission requirements

To apply for admission into the Curriculum and Instruction program, you must submit the following items:

  • Graduate application, available online at
  • Official college/university transcript(s)
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement (1–2 pages)
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which addresses applicant’s leadership abilities and/or teaching skills.
  • 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA*
  • Copy of front and back of teaching certificate (if applicable)
  • $50 application fee

*If cumulative undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0, applicant must take the GRE with a preferred minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 950. (On the revised GRE exam, preferred minimum scores of verbal: 148 and quantitative: 147.)

Application deadlines

Autumn Quarter entry: August 15
Winter Quarter entry: November 15
Spring Quarter entry: February 15
Summer Quarter entry: May 15

Application and admission questions?

Contact Graduate Admissions at 800-601-0603 or

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Frequently asked questions

How selective is admission to the SPU School of Education graduate degree programs?

This varies by program. Admission to some programs, such as the Accelerated Master in Teaching Mathematics and Science (AMTMS), Accerated Master of Arts in Teaching (AMAT), and MEd in School Counseling, is very competitive. Admission to each of SPU's graduate programs in education is standards-based, and all applicants must meet all standards for admission.

Can I continue to work while enrolled in a graduate degree program in the SPU School of Education?

Yes, in most cases. Most of the graduate degree programs offered by the School of Education are part-time programs, with classes offered in a variety of worker-friendly venues. Education graduate courses are scheduled at SPU or off campus, in the evenings, occasionally on Saturdays, and during the summer.

The Acclerated Master of Arts in Teaching (AMAT) and Accelerated Master in Teaching Mathematics and Science (AMTMS) programs are exceptions. They are one-year full-time programs due to their full-time internships.

Is it possible to complete a graduate degree from SPU's School of Education online?

The School of Education offers several fully online programs, including the AMAT-OnlineAMTMS-OnlineDigital Education Leadership, and Teacher Leadership programs. Please review the program pages for eligibility requirements.

Is a graduate program at SPU more expensive than comparable education programs at other universities?

SPU's graduate tuition rates are competitive with other accredited universities in Washington.

How does a graduate degree or graduate certificate from SPU compare with a similar degree or certificate from other universities?

SPU's School of Education has been offering a wide range of fully accredited master's and doctoral degrees in addition to graduate certificates for more than 20 years. SPU's reputation in P–12 education in Washington and around the country is strong, and students who complete our graduate degree and certificate programs enjoy a higher rate of employment than the state's average.

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Continuing Education

To meet the changing needs of adult learners, Seattle Pacific University offers a wide range of programs and courses to meet the needs of today’s professionals. With competitive credit and program rates, these personal and professional development opportunities make lifelong learning affordable. As the largest provider of continuing education credits for teachers in Washington state, SPU’s Center for Professional Education is focused on the current needs of K–12 educators.

Courses taken for credit and numbered at the 5000 level are graduate-level courses and are designed primarily with the needs of teachers and other professionals in mind for the purpose of meeting certification, endorsement, district pay-lane requirements, and other professional needs. These graduate-level courses may be considered to meet elective requirements in some cases.

Still have questions? Review the FAQs.

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