The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Program is characterized by the array of options it provides students in developing a focused sequence of course work, built on a strong core of foundational courses. With the assistance of their advisors, students are able to pursue specific tracks of their choosing designed to enhance their professional preparation and expertise as well as afford them the opportunity to explore, understand, critically examine, and solve problems pertaining to their lives as professional practitioners. Faculty members together utilize their distinctive disciplinary knowledge and skill to support students to impact and empower the lives of others in a positive, productive, and powerful way.

Why Choose Curriculum and Instruction at IW Online?

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Program is built upon a strong core of foundational courses which will support you in your career in the education field. Effective Teaching and Instruction is the first track offered with additional tracks to follow. Instruction will include the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) Iowa Instructional Framework.

The Iowa Wesleyan Online Program is designed to be flexible and convenient to meet the needs of today’s students. Our online classroom allows you 24/7 access to your coursework when and where it’s convenient for you. We are a non-profit, regionally accredited and nationally ranked.

  • Eight-week terms with six start dates during the year
  • Courses are taught by faculty with practitioner experience
  • Accept up to 9 credits in transfer

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Program Objectives

  • Development of a discipline-specific knowledge base related to today’s educational problems and areas of concern
  • Development of knowledge and skills necessary in analysis, and evaluation of educational research and the ability to make data-driven decisions
  • Investigation of educational topics and issues to include all forms of media and instruction
  • Application of knowledge and skills through either an action-based or thesis research investigation of a student-selected educational problem or issue.



Our graduates have rewarding careers throughout the United States and around the world. Join the ranks in careers such as:
  • K-12 Teacher Leaders
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • College Instructor
  • Anyone wishing to move up in their organization with increased skills and credentials

Note: This degree does not lead to teacher licensure.

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Curriculum



Admissions Requirements

To be accepted in the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Program, you must:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
  • Have held teacher licensure or a degree/experience in a related field.
  • Provide two (2) professional letters of recommendation from a combination of former professors and/or education professionals. Each letter should include the writer’s assessment of the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate program.
  • Include an Educational Rationale/Philosophy and Statement of Interest – The applicant should provide a personal philosophy related to prior experience in the field of education. Also included should be an explanation as to why the prospective student is pursuing an IW graduate degree including possible career applications of the degree.

Required Professional Foundational Courses:

(21 Credit hours)

Effective Teaching and Instruction Track:

12 credit hours


To graduate from the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Program, you must:

  1. Complete 21 credit hours of core course work and the remaining 12 hours on one of the tracks with an overall GPA of 3.0.
  2. Complete a minimum of 33 credit hours
  3. Complete at least 24 credit hours from Iowa Wesleyan University.

All degree requirements are subject to change. Please see the current Graduate Course Catalog for degree requirements


  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Military/Veteran’s Benefits
  • Tuition Reimbursement/Employer Assistance Programs
  • Payment Plans

Discover more details regarding options to finance your education at Financial Aid Information