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Curriculum and Instruction

Master's Degree Program

Tomorrow’s campus and district leaders are being developed in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration at the University of North Texas.

Graduate opportunities

The Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction enhances your knowledge and expertise by combining theoretical perspectives and research-based practices with multiple opportunities for field-based projects and action research. This helps you make strategic decisions about effective practices in a private or public school setting.

Our comprehensive curriculum allows you to select a specialization from a wide range of areas related to curriculum and instruction, including:

  • Bilingual education — For those who want to gain knowledge about educating students who are learning in English and in Spanish. Some courses may lead to supplemental certification in bilingual education.
  • Diversity — For those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the diverse nature of education and how diversity affects curriculum and instruction.
  • Early Childhood Education — For those who’d like to critically examine and re-conceptualize early childhood practices, policies and research to better serve different populations.
  • Educational Leadership — For those who desire more knowledge about educational leadership in order to assume various leadership roles. Additional coursework in educational leadership can lead to principal certification. Check with your specialization advisor for more information. All educational leadership courses are available online.
  • ESL Education — For those who want to gain knowledge in the education of English language learners. Some courses may lead to supplemental certification in bilingual education.
  • Literacy Education — For those seeking a deeper understanding of reading, language and literacy education in diverse contexts. Some courses may lead to a supplemental certification as a Master Reading Teacher. Please contact your specialization advisor for more information.
  • Mathematics Education — For those who’d like to gain knowledge in mathematics education.

Additionally, it’s possible to customize an area of specialization to your professional needs.

Outstanding student services

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively for graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical analyses.

The Toulouse Graduate School® offers several professional development workshops, including a Thesis Boot Camp. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

Attending UNT

Application process

You should follow the application procedures detailed on the graduate school website and the departmental master’s in Curriculum and Instruction program site.

Admission requirements

The program is dedicated to serving all state- certified teachers, as well as qualified applicants, from within and outside Texas and the U.S.

Professionals in fields other than education also will be considered.

You must meet the graduate school’s admission requirements and a specific set of departmental requirements when applying to the master’s program. For graduate school requirements, visit the UNT catalog website or our website.

The department’s requirements are:

  • Admission to the graduate school as a degree-seeking candidate with a major in curriculum and instruction
  • Valid Texas teacher certification or equivalent
  • Three- to four-page essay on your personal philosophy of teaching with concrete examples of that philosophy applied to your own teaching practices
  • Letter of intent for pursuing a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé

Required documents can be mailed to the department or emailed to COE-CandIMastersProg@unt.edu.

Additional information or questions can be directed to program facilitator, Dr. Jeanne Tunks, M.Ed. at jeanne.tunks@unt.edu, 940-565-3284.

Degree requirements

  • 12 credit hours of curriculum and instruction core courses
  • 12 credit hours of specialization courses
  • 6 credit hours of electives
  • Final comprehensive exam

The program aims to prepare its graduates to:

  • Be able to justify instructional decisions in terms of relevant research and theory, curriculum and student needs.
  • Become agents of change in school communities.
  • Gain expertise and assume roles that strengthen the profession through mentoring, curriculum development, professional development, study groups and other means.
  • Understand major theories of curriculum and instruction both within and beyond the state curriculum.
  • Understand the relevance of research and theory in practice.

Financial assistance

A limited number of teaching fellowships and assistantships are available to help you pursue your graduate degree. These opportunities include working with professors on research grants and projects or as a teaching assistant advising undergraduate students, teaching undergraduate classes and supervising student teaching.

You may apply for these positions by submitting an application and a current résumé to the department chair. The letter should address your particular strengths and interests.

More information about financial assistance is available at the financial aid website, the graduate school website or the college of education website.