Master On Campus

Curriculum and Instruction

Western Illinois University

12 months
13830 USD/year
13830 USD/year
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The Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction at Western Illinois University combines the rigor of an outstanding academic program, the personal attention of departmental faculty, and the convenience of online coursework


This Curriculum and Instruction graduate program is designed for practicing teachers who teach from pre-kindergarten through the middle grades.  Graduates of the program enhance their professional expertise and are poised to assume leadership roles within their schools and districts.  

The Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program includes areas of specialization in literacy education, elementary curriculum, early childhood education, math education, science education, and social studies education.  Candidates are able to choose the direction they feel will most benefit them in their current teaching position in grade levels that range from Pre-K through the middle grades. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is pleased to have faculty with expertise in a variety of grade levels and content areas that are known throughout the country for teaching, service, and scholarly activities.

Learning outcomes

The Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Western Illinois University not only influences career advancement, but also keeps early childhood, elementary, and middle level teachers abreast of developments in their chosen profession with the completion of core courses that are required of all candidates in the program.  The degree requires 30 semester hours of coursework, including core components, an area of specialization, two electives, and a capstone experience.  

Three areas of specialization within the Curriculum and Instruction graduate program can be completed entirely online: elementary curriculum, literacy education and early childhood education.  The remaining areas of specialization can be completed partially online and partially face-to-face.  While a common core of coursework is required, which includes information on recent trends and research, assessment and differentiation, and methods of research, each specialization addresses different components of the early childhood, elementary, and middle level curriculum.


Our programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now called the Council for the Accreditation of Educator preparation (CAEP), and use national professional organization standards as the foundation of the curriculum.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Methods of Research
  • Assessment and Differentiation of Instruction
  • Recent Trends and Research in Elementary Education
  • Methods of Research
  • Early Childhood Assessment
  • Curriculum in Early Childhood Education
  • Seminar in Early Childhood Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for admission to the School of Graduate Studies must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate U.S. Department of Education regional institutional accrediting agency. 
  • Applicants usually apply for admission to a degree program simultaneously with admission to the School of Graduate Studies. 
  • If the applicant meets the minimum admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, a copy of the application materials is forwarded to the program of interest for consideration.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13830 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13830 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Moline

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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