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Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) – Curriculum Leadership PreK-12 Online

Turn your passion for teaching into a leadership position in education by earning your master's degree online from ESU. Our 100% online MS in Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) – Curriculum Leadership PreK-12 program is an affordable, accessible pathway to reach your career goals.


Gain the professional background you need to become a leader in education development and foster student success with a Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) – Curriculum Leadership PreK-12 from Emporia State University. This 100% online program is designed for educators who aspire to coordinate the design, implementation, management and evaluation of curriculum and instruction in public or private school systems.

$10,296 Total Tuition

As few as 12 months Duration

33 Credit Hours

Taught by experienced practitioners in the field, the rigorous coursework emphasizes the design-down method to create lesson plans from measurable, high-achievement outcomes. You'll also explore practical application of data; trends and innovations related to instruction; and best practices—while focusing on the learner and the learning process.

Core courses include Curriculum Leadership: Models and Strategies; Cultural Influences & Educational Practices; Supporting Technology Integration for School Leaders; Developing Authentic Assessments, and more.

Our NCATE-accredited program also includes an embedded practicum—providing you the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to develop curricula and assessments, guide faculty development, and manage building leadership teams.

In this online MS C&I – Curriculum Leadership program, you will:

  • Learn to design and implement curriculum for grades PreK-12
  • Apply course material to improve critical thinking and problem solving as well as decisions related to evaluating and producing curriculum for national, state and local levels
  • Gain practical understanding of fundamental principles, generalizations, and theories of curriculum leadership, curriculum models, and educational research
  • Develop and hone leadership skills in the area of technology integration and its partnership with curriculum reform

This online program prepares you for roles such as:

  • Teacher Leader
  • Curriculum Director
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Instructional Specialist
  • Curriculum and Assessment Director
  • Curriculum and Instruction Director
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Curriculum Specialist

Please note this program does not lead to obtaining a teaching license.


The Teachers College at Emporia State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


Tuition for the MS in Curriculum & Instruction – Curriculum Leadership PreK-12 online degree program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

$312 Per Credit Hour

$936 Per 3 Credit Hour Course

$10,296 Total Tuition



The MS in Curriculum & Instruction – Curriculum Leadership PreK-12 program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day of Classes
Fall 2018, Session II October 15, 2018 October 1, 2018 October 4, 2018 October 8, 2018 October 11, 2018 December 5, 2018
Spring 2019, Session I January 15, 2019 January 1, 2019 January 4, 2019 January 8, 2019 January 13, 2019 March 4, 2019
Spring 2019, Session II March 18, 2019 March 4, 2019 March 7, 2019 March 11, 2019 March 14, 2019 May 3, 2019
Summer 2019, Session 1 May 15, 2019 May 1, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 8, 2019 May 13, 2019 June 28, 2019
Summer 2019, Session II July 1, 2019 June 17, 2019 June 20, 2019 June 24, 2019 June 27, 2019 August 16, 2019
Fall 2019, Session I August 19, 2019 August 5, 2019 August 7, 2019 August 12, 2019 August 15, 2019 October 4, 2019
Fall 2019, Session II October 14, 2019 September 30, 2019 October 2, 2019 October 7, 2019 October 10, 2019 December 4, 2019
Spring 2020, Session I January 14, 2020 January 1, 2020 January 3, 2020 January 7, 2020 January 12, 2020 March 3, 2020
Spring 2020, Session II March 16, 2020 March 1, 2020 March 4, 2020 March 9, 2020 March 12, 2020 May 1, 2020


Your journey begins here! The admission process is the first step toward earning your degree. Be sure to get familiar with these requirements to enroll in the MS C&I – Curriculum Leadership PreK-12 online program.

MS C&I – Curriculum Leadership PreK-12 Online Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher in the last 60 hours of study or an overall GPA average of no less than a 3.0 for a completed master's degree.
  • No GRE, teaching certificate or experience required

Official transcripts from all institutions attended can be submitted via a secure electronic service offered by the issuing institution to or by selecting Emporia State University on the transcript request form, mailed to:

Emporia State University
Campus Box 4003
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801

or overnighted to:

Overnight address:
Emporia State University
Graduate School
Room 313 Plumb Hall
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801

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The MS in Curriculum & Instruction – Curriculum Leadership PreK-12 online curriculum is comprised of 11 courses (33 credit hours), including 24 credit hours of core courses and nine credit hours of Curriculum Leadership Area of Concentration courses.

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You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to prepare school leaders (teachers, instructional coaches, administrators, etc.) for the integration and application of diverse educational technologies into classrooms and schools in ways that reflect a theoretical, research-based and practical understanding of curriculum development and the effective uses of technology. Course content explores practical ways to integrate technology into both teaching and learning as well as the critical importance of adequate training and professional development for successful integration

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students completing this course will, as current or future educational leaders, explain and work effectively with the design and management of academic programs, grades Pre-K-12. They will interpret past, current and emerging curriculum initiatives and describe their intended impact on school curricula, teachers and students. Students will also explain and demonstrate in simulated settings processes for creating, implementing and managing local academic programs in the context of those reform initiatives. Students will be asked to apply their knowledge in four projects which gauge how students can successfully apply what they have learned in a variety of curriculum-related settings.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course, differing values and issues in education are addressed, as are the philosophical, historical and social forces that create the issues. Students will be challenged to investigate the historical and cultural antecedents of modern education. They will also examine their own belief systems with regard to the institution of education and to the role and function of the teacher and school leader.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to prepare students to effectively educate culturally, ethnically, racially different, and differently abled students. Major components are: to explore personal biases and methods of overcoming them; explore the basic principles underlying multicultural education and to develop appropriate strategies for teaching, leading, and other functions of the school and its community.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on authentic assessment as a means of equitable student evaluation. Students will differentiate assessment, evaluation, grading and reporting. Approaches to assessment products, performances, processes, tests, and student self-reflection and self-evaluation are explored in this course. Through triangulation, students will create a balanced assessment plan for one course they teach. Participants will create rubrics for one summative assessment and observation instruments for use in evaluating processes. Students may choose to create instructions for portfolio assessment.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will examine classroom and instructional organization practices that promote effective teaching, student learning, and applications of that learning and student engagement. Students through the course will examine a variety of teaching structures, assessing their potential impact on learning, and will develop a teaching and learning template applicable to their content areas and classroom management and teaching styles.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is an introductory graduate-level course in research methodology designed to allow the student to function as a knowledgeable and critical consumer of scholarly research in his/her field. The course will also emphasize the use of action research for program improvement.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to provide the opportunity for the candidate to develop and demonstrate his/her abilities as a teacher-leader in one or more areas to be selected in collaboration with the university advisor and the practicum field supervisor from among topics including leadership in curriculum development and assessment development, leadership in faculty development, site-based council management, and leadership on school building leadership teams. Student must complete majority of C&I program prior to practicum start date.

You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course contains an overview of the research, theory and practice that relate to a school leader's responsibility to develop and maintain healthy organizations and to create an organizational culture that promotes creativity and performance. Topics include major contemporary theorists, leadership and empowerment, leadership and diversity issues, leadership for change, schools as unique social systems and complex organizations, and issues related to the changing values and attitudes of professionals and the community about schools.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a course uniting the research on instruction with practical applications by students. It is designed to provide educational leaders with data, information on trends and innovations, and solid teaching practices while focusing on the learner and the learning process.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course, students will learn the design-down method for curriculum writing. This involves creating a course with a course purpose and high-achievement unit outcomes fulfilling state, national or Common Core standards. Students will write measurable outcomes and create lesson plans from the outcome components. They will also align assessments to unit outcomes and critique alignment of curricula.


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