Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed.

The Curriculum and Instruction Comprehensive Master's Program is part of the NCATE accredited Professional Education Unit, and is designed to develop master teachers who will be prepared for instructional and leadership roles in primary, elementary, middle, or secondary education.

Program Description

While this program is not an initial teacher certification program, students may use the course work completed to apply for initial teacher certification. Students who are seeking certification are responsible for referring to the appropriate school district or state Department of Education to determine the specific requirements for teacher certification. An action research project is required as the capstone experience of the program.

The Curriculum and Instruction Comprehensive Master's Programs consist of a set of core classes and a carefully selected sequence of cognate courses designed to meet the needs of our students and the service region. The core consists of seven courses (21 semester hours), and students may choose from four specializations: Primary Education Comprehensive, Elementary Education Comprehensive, Middle Level Education Comprehensive, and Secondary Education Comprehensive.

For each of the above specializations, students will also choose a cognate area in conjunction with an advisor. Possible cognate areas include: Primary Education, Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, Secondary Education, Reading Endorsement, Career and Technical Education, and Instructional Technology.

The Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, and Secondary Education cognates each include courses focusing on the instruction of a variety of key subjects, including reading, mathematics, science, and social studies, at the appropriate level. The Primary Education cognate is designed for students working in agencies, schools and early intervention programs focused on preschool aged children. Upon completion of the core and Primary Education cognate, students are prepared to work with infants, toddlers and preschoolers with special needs in a variety of settings. In addition, if they hold an appropriate teaching certificate they can endorse it with Pre Kindergarten Disabilities from the Florida Department of Education. Students completing this program also qualify for application for the Florida Infant/Toddler Developmental Specialist credential.

The 21-semester-hour core of the program is made up of the twelve-semester-hour Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership Core, and the nine-semester-hour Educational Investigative Sequence.

Non-Florida resident students admitted to UWF Online Campus programs and registered for online courses in pursuit of that degree may be eligible for a tuition waiver that reduces the out-of-state portion of your tuition anywhere from 100% - 75%. Please review the Tuition Waiver Availability information to determine if you qualify. Tuition waivers must be requested every semester.

Please visit UWF Admissions for more details on admission requirements and procedures.

For more specific requirements, visit the Online UWF Catalog.

Download the Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. Academic Learning Plans:


CI-MEd-Primary-Education-ALP (PDF)

CI-MEd-Elementary_Education-ALP (PDF)

CI-MEd-Middle-Level-Education-ALP (PDF)

CI-MEd-Secondary-Education-ALP (PDF)

"This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement" (Washington Student Achievement Council Degree Authorization, February 26, 2013).