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Curriculum and Instruction - Master of Science in Education

Earn a master's degree in curriculum and instruction

The world is constantly changing, including our classrooms and how we teach. The curriculum and instruction master’s degree will prepare you to meet the complex needs of today's schools and provide leadership for key educational concerns through SBU's Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. Through our master's degree program, you will be equipped to influence your students and your school through innovative, relevant and research-based approaches in education.

Designed for classroom teachers who desire to improve student learning and achievement, our program will help you gain deeper understanding of best practices in key areas of curriculum, instruction, learning, technology, assessment and pedagogy.

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Admissions Information

In the M.S. Education in Curriculum and Instruction program, you’ll be able to explore a wide variety of courses to improve your knowledge and better serve your future students and schools. Some courses you’ll explore include: curriculum design and development, educational research, and improving instruction. Review the full course information.

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Course format

Online courses face-to-face classes

Curriculum and Instruction courses are offered in both online and face-to-face formats.

SBU students

The SBU Advantage

  • Learn from faculty who are highly qualified educators with experience as teachers, principals and superintendents. In addition to their roles as faculty members, many also serve on state and national education boards.
  • Benefit from an engaging and relevant curriculum with an emphasis on practical application. Learn in our classroom one night and apply it in your classroom the next day.
  • Fit classes into your busy schedule through our convenient online and hybrid offerings that are scheduled with the time-constrained demands of the working educator in mind.

Faith Integration

A Christian perspective enriches our curriculum and instruction program to help you develop as a caring, effective practitioner so you can impact today's educational environment.

SBU's Education graduate degree programs have been intentionally designed to model how the Christian faith shapes expertise, practice and experiences in professional educational settings. To assist students in developing as transformative agents in today's schools, our programs provide a foundation to become both scholars and practitioners — a synthesis of academic knowledge, practical skills and servant leadership. We desire that our students, while working toward a graduate degree in education, become true servant leaders who are able to integrate their faith into their practice to make a difference in today's society.

Nancy Colbaugh
"SBU has a strong family culture; strong mission; strong focus; commitment to excellence in teaching and learning; and commitment to a Christian environment."
Dr. Nancy Colbaugh
Associate professor of graduate education

M.S.E. Curriculum and Instruction Course Rotation

Note: You can begin the course rotation in either fall, summer or spring terms.

Year 1

Fall Semester

EDU 5683 Effective Inclusion Practices 3
ITL 5633 Instructional Material Design and
Total hours 6

Spring Semester

EDU 5023 Curriculum Design and Development 3
EDU 5033 Learners and the Learning Process 3
Total hours 6


EDU 5323 Improving Instruction 3
EDU 5213 Current Issues in Educational Technology 3
Total hours .................................

Year 2

Fall Semester

EDU 5083 Educational Research 3
EDU 5863 Schools by Design 3
Total hours 6

Spring Semester

EDU 5183 Brain-Based Teaching and Learning 3
EDU 6243 Essentials in Reading 3
Total hours 6


EDU 5073 MS Education Capstone 3
Total hours ................................. 3

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog for your final degree requirements and consult with your advisor to develop an official plan of study. Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation. You are responsible for understanding and completing all degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Download in PDF format:
MSE Curriculum and Instruction Plan (PDF)