Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed.
The Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed. program is designed for professionals who currently hold positions in curriculum and instruction or for individuals that aspire to become educational leaders in the classroom.
The Curriculum & Instruction Primary Education Comprehensive, Elementary Education Comprehensive, Middle Level Education Comprehensive, and Secondary Education Comprehensive specializations consists of a set of seven (21 semester hours) core courses and a carefully selected sequence of cognate courses chosen in conjunction with an advisor. The Educational Professional and Reading Instruction specialization curriculum consists of a sequence of set courses designed to meet the needs of our students and the service region.
Primary Education Comprehensive
The Comprehensive Specialization in Primary Education is an NCATE accredited program. This specialization is offered entirely online and designed to develop master teachers who will be prepared for the instructional and leadership roles in primary education. With careful selection of courses, students may qualify for the Pre-kindergarten Disability Endorsement Program and/or Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist Credential.
Elementary Education Comprehensive
This NCATE approved Comprehensive Specialization in Elementary Education is a non-initial teacher certification program. This specialization is offered entirely online and designed to develop master teachers who will be prepared for the instructional and leadership roles in Elementary Education.
Middle Level Education Comprehensive
The NCATE approved Comprehensive Specialization in Middle Level Education is a non-initial teacher certification program. This specialization is offered entirely online and designed to develop master teachers who will be prepared for the instructional and leadership roles in Middle Level Education.
Secondary Education Comprehensive
The Comprehensive Specialization in Secondary Education is an NCATE accredited program. This specialization is offered entirely online and designed to develop master teachers who will be prepared for the instructional and leadership roles in Secondary Education.
The Educational Professional (Ed Pro) master's program includes a face-to-face or online delivery option and is a Florida Department of Education approved Professional Training Option (PTO). The emphasis of Ed Pro is to provide non-education majors seeking to teach in middle or secondary schools with the necessary requirements to apply for a Temporary Teaching Certificate in Florida. (A Temporary Teaching Certificate enables educators to complete the Professional Certificate requirements while teaching full time.) Students who wish to teach outside the state of Florida need to communicate directly with the DOE in their respective states.
The online Reading Instruction Curriculum and Instruction Comprehensive Master's Degree is an innovative, educational program that links literacy research to practical classroom practices. This program is designed to provide classroom teachers with advanced reading instruction skills.
In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admissions section of the UWF graduate catalog, the applicant must meet the minimum departmental admission requirements for regular admission.
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee
• Submission of official transcripts
*International students may have additional requirements.
Step-By-Step Application Procedures
• Hold or be seeking current professional teaching certification*
• Have earned a GPA of at least 3.0 on bachelor's degree**
• Submission of current official GRE or MAT scores**
• Submission of a letter of intent and contact information for two professional references here
*Candidates pursuing the Primary Education Specialization who intend to work in an agency setting rather than teach are not required to hold or be seeking current professional teaching certification.
* Candidates pursuing the Educational Professional specialization are not required to hold teacher certification but must meet the FLDOE subject area requirements for certification in middle or secondary English, math, science, or social sciences.
**Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 must submit a GRE verbal or MAT score that falls at or above the 50th percentile.
Certain graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Check with the graduate department for departmental specific deadlines.
“The Masters of Education program has been a great experience for me. My teachers were always very caring and knowledgeable. The degree of professionalism and real-world experience the educators imparted in my life will be immeasurable for years to come. I highly recommend any potential students to be a part of growing network of educators from UWF's Masters of Education Program.” — James Andress, Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Student
“The Comprehensive M.Ed. program at the University of West Florida is planned to meet the needs of the in-service teacher. As a career advancement tool or as a strategy of moving classroom instruction to a level of excellence the program is a great choice. Students can count on a high-quality education delivered by full-time faculty and instructors with real-world experience. Outcomes of the program can be applied in a variety of settings including classrooms and public agencies." — Dr. Craig Jones, Associate Professor