Our program prepares teachers and other educational personnel for increased responsibilities in the planning, implementation, research, and evaluation of curriculum and instruction.
Why a GW Master's in Curriculum & Instruction?
Our program prepares teachers and other educational personnel for increased responsibilities in the planning, implementation, research, and evaluation of curriculum and instruction. A minimum 33-credit-hour program includes study in curriculum development, research and evaluation of instructional practice, teacher education, work with special populations, and school policy and leadership. A program specialty concentration may include reading and literacy, elementary education, or secondary education.
Students enrolled in the Curriculum and Instruction Masters program may do so concurrently with the Incorporating International Perspectives in Education certificate. Courses can be applied toward earning the Masters degree and certificate.
Research & Applied Practice: GSEHD graduates are equipped with the knowledge and training to improve K-16 education in local, national, and international settings. With the flexibility to begin in fall, spring or summer semesters, students improve their practice as they conduct research on curriculum, instruction, assessment and the politics of learning environments both within and outside the US.
Flexibility: With the flexibility to begin in fall, spring or summer semesters, the program adjusts to your schedule and needs.
Internships with Impact: Students have the option to pursue internships in local schools and educational organizations. Given our unique location in the nation's capital, graduates have the opportunity to study and have an impact on the policy, standards and the course of education. Students can dual enroll and earn a Certificate in Incorporating International Perspectives in Education concurrently.
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 33 credits, including 9 credits in core courses, 15 credits in courses in the concentration, 9 credits in elective courses, and completion of the Master of Arts in Education and Human Development comprehensive examination.
Recent graduates have become managers of Teacher Leadership Development at Teach for America, research experts at the American Institutes for Research, Reading and Math Intervention Leaders, English Language Lead Educators, and Reading and Literacy Specialists.
Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction
Ideally located in the nation’s capital, the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) prepares education leaders who will work to improve pre-K through 16+ education in local, national and international settings. The program encourages critical thought and creative work through coursework focusing on curriculum, instruction, research, and additional courses and learning opportunities that intentionally link teaching and learning, policy, and evaluation to students’ substantial prior experiences. C&I doctoral students have the opportunity to meet national leaders in education and participate in internships that expand horizons. Doctoral students often choose to contribute to our K-12 teacher-preparation programs through teaching and supervision opportunities.
The program focuses on understanding how curriculum and instruction can be constructed and applied to educational reform and diverse populations of students. Students work together to build research skills and study in a collaborative social context, grounded in the realities of schooling. There are close ties with faculty. Doctoral students will become part of a community that links scholars with practicing professionals, policy makers and educational organizations in Washington, DC and beyond. Students can also use the program expand their content knowledge or delve into other fields through linkages with GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences or other schools at GW.
Graduates of the program can be found working in government agencies, teaching in university settings, or running informal education organizations. They also may be curriculum supervisors in school systems or master teacher leaders in schools.
Leading Policy and Research: Curriculum and instruction are central to educational improvement, constituting the what, how and why of teaching and learning. The study of curriculum and instruction not only entails content, methodology and assessment but also entails an understanding of why curriculum and instruction are important in affecting change both within and outside of schools. Our purpose is to prepare leaders who will work to improve pre-K-16 education in local, national and international settings.
Develop knowledge and core competencies: (1) Multiple perspectives on curriculum and instruction policies; (2) Theories, methods, models, and ethics of program evaluation: (3) Efforts to create equitable educational systems; (4) Leadership roles in organizations that seek to bring about change; and, (5) Communicating ideas through publication, grant writing, curriculum writing, policy writing, and alternative forms. An understanding of the impact of policy decisions on curriculum and instruction.
A minimum of 66 credits, including 18 credits of core courses, 6 credits of policy and evaluation courses, 15 credits in research, and 3 credits of internship, and 9 credits of electives.
Leading ideas in government, schools and think tanks. A few recent graduates include:
US Department of Education
Dr. Carol O'Donnell, Ed.D. '12, A former public school teacher, Dr. O'Donnell now serves as a Group Leader in the Office of State Support at the US Department of Education in Washington, DC, coordinating the policy and financial resources associated with major grant programs that support States, districts, and schools as they implement programs and initiatives focused on education reform, school improvement, teacher quality, and improved student achievement.
Institute of Education Sciences
Dr. Rob Ochsendorf, Ed.D. '09, Currently a program officer at the Institute of Education Sciences in Washington, DC Rob oversees research grants and helps develop national research priorities focused on math and science education for at risk learners. His experiences at GSEHD were invaluable in helping him develop a deep understanding of the qualities inherent in high quality education research.
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Dr. Philip Bernhard, Ed.D. '12, Currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Secondary Education and Department Chair of Secondary Education, Educational Technology, and K-12 Education at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Washington International School
Dr. Jim Reese, Ed.D., '08, The director of studies at Washington International School, Dr. Reese oversees curriculum coordination and professional development of faculty. He also works closely with Project Zero, a research group at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. He credits two GSEHD programs, the M.Ed. in Secondary English and the Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, for preparing him well for his career in education.
The George Washington University
Dr. Lottie Baker, Ed.D. '13, Dr. baker coordinated an English language curriculum project for police academies in Southeast Asia through a U.S. State Department grant before joining the faculty at GSEHD in 2015.
Transformation Begins Here
Learn more about the Master's in Curriculum and Instruction program located on campus (202-994-9283).