Curriculum and Instruction

Program overview

Seattle Pacific University’s MEd in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) 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.


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. Program graduates are teachers serving in leadership roles such as instructional coaches, department chairs, and leaders in assessment and school improvement initiatives.

Graduates from this concentration will have completed two or more of the seven required classes for the Principal Certificate or Program Administrator Certificate. Students may apply the completed credits toward the principal or program administrator certificate. Students must complete all coursework and certification requirements within 6 years of completing the Teacher Leadership Concentration.

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 Sessions entry: May 15


Admissions materials should be directed to Graduate Admissions. If you have questions about graduate education or certification programs: