Online Curriculum and Instruction Master’s Degree
American students consistently lag behind their Asian and European peers on international exams, particularly in math and science. Educators with a focus on improving teacher instruction and student achievement can play a unique role in reversing the trend.
An online curriculum and instruction master’s degree allows educators to study teaching theories and curriculum design. The degree can also open doors for teachers who would like to become an instructional coordinator – a person who helps develop curriculum and works with teachers and school administrators to improve instruction.
|Early childhood education|
|Curriculum theory and research|
Students in a curriculum and instruction master’s degree program generally choose a specialization, such as early childhood education or English as a second language.
Core course work includes curriculum development, educational tests and measurements, curriculum theory, educational research and statistics, literacy and diversity, and philosophy of education. Students may have to complete research or a thesis as well.
|Median salaries by industry*|
|Instructional coordinator, colleges, universities and professional schools||$57,000|
|Instructional coordinator, junior colleges||$59,000|
|Instructional coordinator, educational support services||$64,000|
|Instructional coordinator, elementary and secondary schools||$66,800|
|Instructional coordinator, state government||$66,900|
*per the BLS
Working as an instructional coordinator can be ideal for teachers who wish to cease teaching full-time, but still remain in the education field. Instructional coordinators typically must have a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction or a related field and must be a licensed teacher or school administrator. Like principals, most instructional coordinators work year-round.
Most instructional coordinators work in elementary and secondary schools, but others work in colleges, educational support services and state governments, among other areas.
Employment of instructional coordinators is expected to grow 20 percent by 2020, faster than the national average of 14 percent for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Instructional coordinators make a median salary of roughly $59,000 – about $6,000 more annually than high school teachers.