Curriculum and Instruction

Why Study Curriculum and Instruction

Shippensburg University offers a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction to fully-certified elementary and secondary school teachers. The 36-credit Curriculum and Instruction MEd program fosters teacher growth through exploration of principles of theory and practice that enhance teaching. We also offer certification in the Early Childhood Cluster.

Why Study Curriculum and Instruction  at Ship 

At Shippensburg University, you will have access to a variety of learning materials and resources that will complement your educational experience. The Ezra Lehman Memorial Library's Curriculum Materials Center provides a wide range of teaching resources: textbooks, multimedia kits, audiovisual and sound recordings, and curriculum software. Computer labs are located in the library and Shippen Hall.

The Curriculum and Instruction program is delivered by a diverse faculty representing both the College of Education and Human Services and the College of Arts and Sciences. Faculty from the following departments teach courses in this program:

  • Educational Leadership & Special Education
  • Biology
  • Geography/Earth Science
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Teacher Education

Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates

The ever-evolving field of curriculum and instruction needs qualified professionals educated in the best way to educate students an increase student achievement due to how quickly the world is changing. An MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Shippensburg University will help you learn the skills you’ll need to further enhance your current teaching position or move into administrative or leadership positions.

The average salary for curriculum and instruction jobs in PA is $51,000.

Admissions are accepted on an ongoing and rolling basis for future semesters. You are asked to allow at least two months lead time for processing paperwork, scheduling interviews, and completing the application packet.

To be considered for admission, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a degree in education from a regionally accredited college or university and provide official transcripts of all undergraduate/graduate work.
  • Have an undergraduate overall GPA of 2.75 or an approved score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  • Complete a questionnaire [PDF] concerning teaching background and future goals. [Word Doc]
  • Submit three (3) Reference Forms [PDF] [Word Doc]
  • Appear for an interview and a planning review during which a program plan will be completed. This interview will be set up by the Academic Department following the submission of all application documents.

The MEd program consists of 18 core credits that focus on four critical areas embedded in effective teaching:

  • Curriculum and Assessment
  • Effective Teaching & Leadership
  • The Learner
  • Focus on Research

The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction includes the following 18 credits of cluster choices in Early Childhood Education:

  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Level Education
  • Secondary Education Biology
  • Secondary Education Geography/Earth Science
  • Secondary Education History
  • Secondary Education Mathematics
  • Secondary Education Modern Languages

For a complete listing of program course requirements, see the Graduate Catalog.

The Graduate Research Grant Program is designed to provide financial support to graduate students for research or scholarly activities related to their program of study to enable them to better understand the scientific process, experience discovery, develop their analytical and communication skills, and gain exposure to national ideas through the presentation of the results of their research at conferences. Our grant program has funded field and laboratory research as well as computer application and software development. The Graduate Research Grant Program is funded by the School of Graduate Studies and the Institute for Public Service and Sponsored Programs.

Teacher Education
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