Master of Education Online - Curriculum and Instruction

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed./C&I) program will enrich and advance teachers with a focus on the current areas of teaching and learning. Earning a Master of Education degree can also lead current teachers to leadership roles. This program meets the needs of professional teachers who are already certified. The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program provides advanced pedagogical and research skills to enable one to become a leader in today’s schools.

Belhaven graduate courses for teachers take an in-depth look into the classroom and give teachers the ability to evaluate their current methods, examine their improved learning, and implement better teaching techniques from a critical thinking perspective. 

Through this graduate degree program, candidates have access to Belhaven’s education professors and the wealth of knowledge they are eager to share. Since Belhaven’s founding in 1883, we have excelled in preparing students to be teachers and are excited to bring our education expertise to the art of improving teaching and student learning.

The Master of Education program meets the needs of professional teachers who already are certified and desire a graduate specialty in Curriculum and Instruction. Candidates enrolled in the Master of Education program at Belhaven University are required to take a core of courses for 24 hours plus 3 online courses in their chosen area of emphasis for 9 additional credits. This 33-hour degree program concludes with a comprehensive paper that is written in the capstone course.

  • 33 credit hours – 24 core credit hours plus 9 area of emphasis credit hours
  • 7-week courses, taught year round
  • Degree program courses presented online
  • Classes taught from a Christian worldview
  • Small class sizes so you know your professors and classmates
  • Competitive tuition rates

Admission Information

Offered to candidates who hold an undergraduate degree in education or have completed a teacher preparation program. Candidates who hold an undergraduate degree in education or have completed a teacher preparation program may apply to the Master of Education degree program with evidence of holding or being eligible to hold a standard 5-year teaching license. The M.Ed. focuses on the core foundation of the educational profession - teaching and learning.

Candidates must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher on one of the following:

  • Cumulative from undergraduate/graduate degree granting institution or
  • Cumulative on last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • Applicants who do not meet the required GPA but show potential for success in this program may be asked to submit additional items for committee review. Students admitted through committee review are required to earn a 3.00 GPA during the first 9 semester hours in the program to continue. All admitted students are required to maintain a 3.00 throughout the program to remain in good standing.

Non-degree seeking candidates

  • Must submit an official transcript from their undergraduate/graduate degree-granting colleges/universities.
  • After attempting six semester hours, must either apply for admission as a degree-seeking candidate or make a request to be continued as a non-degree seeking candidate (maximum of 12 hours).

Curriculum and Instruction – M.Ed. C&I/GEN

In classrooms, schools, and school districts the selection of high-quality instructional materials, curriculum development, assessment, and evaluation of exemplar lesson and unit curricular has become an important area of dynamic growth and change in education and schooling.  Many educators are seeking supplemental knowledge in the area of curriculum and instruction to become leaders in their classrooms, schools, and/or districts.  They desire to assist other teachers and school administrators in realizing improved classroom teaching and student learning.  That is exactly what this Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed. C&I/GEN) was designed to do - provide the advanced knowledge base and skills for improved curriculum development, instruction, evaluation, and assessment.  Candidates enrolled in the Masters of Education C&I degree program take 8 core courses for 24 credit hours plus 3 courses of emphasis for 9 credit hours. The C&I courses of emphasis include EDU 624 Issues & Innovations in Education, EDU 631 Individual Instruction for Children with Learning Problems and EDU 636 Supervision of Instruction: Collaborating for Accountability.

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TESOL Licensure Endorsement

Note: This program is pending accreditor approval.

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with TESOL Licensure Endorsement will provide the coursework required in Mississippi for Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages (TESOL) licensure endorsement. This degree is intended for teachers interested in in teaching English to speakers of other languages. The State of Mississippi requires that those interested in TESOL must carry this endorsement of their license.

Belhaven graduate teacher education courses take an in-depth look into the classroom and the special skills required for teaching students who are not proficient in English. Coursework explores the principles of linguistics, methods of curriculum, instruction, and assessment for ESL (English as a Second Language) learners, and intercultural competence all taught from a Christian perspective.

Through this degree program, candidates have access to experienced professors who hold TESOL certifications. Since Belhaven’s founding in 1883, we have excelled in preparing high quality teachers who are passionate about bringing their expertise into the classroom.

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These rates are for August 1, 2022 through July 31, 2023.

Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour
Master of Education, Grad. Certificate in TESOL $595
Special Discount Rate for Educators $386

All students enrolled in this program are eligible for the special discount rate for educators.

* Military/first responder benefits cannot be combined with any other institutional scholarships or discounts.

Visit the Scholarship, Discounts and Fees web page to view other fees and the cost estimate calculator.

We look forward to receiving your application! Please follow the steps on the How Do I Apply page to see how easy it is to submit your application to Belhaven University.