Curriculum & Instruction (M.Ed.)

Curriculum & Instruction (M.Ed.)
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The Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction offers students the opportunity to explore new and emerging research-based practices in teaching and learning. Those wishing to improve their teaching skills and content knowledge are encouraged to pursue this option. Designed with the flexibility to meet the individual needs and interests of candidates, this option allows students to pursue various specialization areas to meet their professional goals.


Program Coordinator, Curriculum & Instruction
Phone: (603) 535-2915
Office: Education, Democracy & Social Change, Rounds Hall, MSC 38, Plymouth, NH 03264

Academic Operations Manager
Office: Education, Democracy & Social Change, Rounds Hall Rm 216, MSC 38, Plymouth, NH 03264

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Curriculum & Requirements

Course Title Credits
Master's Core Component
ED 5000Social Behavior in a Diverse Society3
IN 5400Imagination, Creativity and Innovation3
ED 5030Research Design3
ED 5060Theories of Learning and Cognitive Development3
ED 5140Assessment: Principles and Practices3
or ED 6100 Curriculum Integration and Performance -Based Assessment
Specialization Component
Electives to be determined with advisor12
Capstone Experience
ED 6900Graduate Capstone Project3
Total Credits30

  • Demonstrate ability to be informed consumers of research, especially in the field of education.
  • Understand, and apply, various perspectives to issues of diversity in relation to self, teaching, and learning.
  • Apply knowledge of cognitive development and learning theories to academic and/or professional environments.
  • Identify, and apply, best practices in assessment selection, design, planning, and approach.

With a MEd in Curriculum & Instruction, you will have the opportunity to enhance existing teaching skills and learn new skills to use in the field of education. Our students focus on topics in education such as assessment, curricular revision, diversity, and research methodology. Students will customize their electives to create a specialization highlighting their professional goals.
Sample jobs include:
  • Curriculum specialist, coordinator, or developer
  • Instructional coach/specialist
  • Lead or expert K–12 teacher (this program does not lead to state certification)
  • Museum or educational setting program specialist
  • Textbook or curricular development organization
  • Training and development manager/specialist
  • Training and development manager

Admission Information


The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction requires the following materials to be submitted through our online application

  • Recommended 3.0 or better GPA in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)


Students pursuing the Curriculum and Instruction program can apply for admission to any of the upcoming semesters. Here are the annual application deadlines:

  • Fall semester – August 1
  • Spring semester – December 1
  • Summer semester  – April 15

*We suggest submitting your documentation at least two weeks prior to the posted date to ensure your application is complete and can be reviewed by the deadline. 

2024-25 Estimated Graduate Per Credit Tuition and Mandatory Fees

  New Hampshire Resident
Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s Degrees/Certificates $584 $43 $627
CAGS $625 $43 $668
EDD $681 $43 $724
  Out-of-State Resident
Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s Degrees/Certificates $809 $43 $852
CAGS $782 $43 $825
EDD $866 $43 $909

More information is available through the Student Financial Services Office

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of student loans only. You will need to complete the FAFSA at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester you wish to begin taking classes. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid – please review our international admission requirements to learn more.

More information can be found on the Student Financial Services website.

Each year, Plymouth State offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to admitted graduate students. Selection criteria include academic and professional achievements, commitment to graduate study, and achievement or pursuit of personal or professional goals. Visit the PSU Scholarship Opportunities webpage for additional information.

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