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Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) – Instructional Coach/Teacher Leader PreK-12 Online

Focus your professional knowledge and expertise in education to elevate your career and help teachers maximize student engagement and achievement in the classroom. The affordable online MS C&I – Instructional Coach/Teacher Leader PreK-12 program at ESU can help you achieve your goals in as few as 12 months.


Take your passion for education into school leadership roles with a Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) – Instructional Coach/Teacher Leader PreK-12 from Emporia State University. This 100% online program emphasizes applying evidence-based practices into classroom curriculum by working with teachers and other school leaders to improve instruction.

$10,296 Total Tuition

As few as 12 months Duration

33 Credit Hours

Rigorous coursework emphasizes contemporary classroom and instructional practices, methodology and strategies that promote student engagement and learning. You'll also deepen your understanding of how to effectively educate diverse student bodies—addressing multicultural populations and differing learning abilities alike.

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

The Instructional Coach/Teacher Leader concentration allows you to select from several courses to further specialize your degree. Elective topics include principles of professional development and leading adult learners, advancing colleagues' professional skills through observation and feedback, as well as using cognitive science to create enriched learning environments.

Required coursework incorporates 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 – Instructional Coach/Teacher Leader 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.

Dual-Degree Option: Accelerated online MS in Curriculum & Instruction + MS in Educational Administration

Emporia State University offers you an opportunity to complete both your Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction and Master of Science in Educational Administration accelerated online programs together, saving you time and tuition compared to completing these programs separately.

When completed together at ESU, the dual-degree option shares a maximum of 15 credit hours.

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This option is ideal for if you are:

  • Interested in pursuing the Educational Administration program, but do not have the minimum required teaching experience (3 years per KSDE) to start that program. You can begin the C&I program without experience and work to add professional experience for the Ed Admin while completing your C&I.
  • A working educator who wants to earn your MS in C&I degree while also completing nearly half of the coursework requirements for the Ed Admin program.
  • An educator who wants to become an administrator and also add to your marketability with an advanced degree in curriculum and instruction.

As a dual-degree student, scheduling and pacing of coursework is up to you, but we recommend that you complete your MS in Curriculum & Instruction first, then continue with the remaining coursework for the Ed Admin program. If you pursue the dual-degree option, you will likely find that the C&I concentrations in Curriculum Leadership or Instructional Coach are most relevant to MS in Educational Administration coursework.

Note: As a dual-degree student, you can return at any time for the second program, provided all coursework is completed within a 7-year time frame (starting with the first dual course applied towards the second degree), per university policy.

For more information on the accelerated online dual-degree option, please contact the program’s academic advisor, Megan O’Brien, via email (preferred) at or via phone at (620) 341-5091.



Tuition for the MS in Curriculum & Instruction – Instructional Coach/Teacher Leader 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 – Instructional Coach/Teacher Leader 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
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
Summer 2020, Session I May 11, 2020 April 27, 2020 April 30, 2020 May 4, 2020 May 7, 2020 June 26, 2020
Summer 2020, Session II June 29, 2020 June 15, 2020 June 18, 2020 June 22, 2020 June 25, 2020 August 14, 2020
Fall 2020, Session I August 17, 2020 August 3, 2020 August 6, 2020 August 10, 2020 August 13, 2020 October 2, 2020
Fall 2020, Session II October 19, 2020 October 5, 2020 October 8, 2020 October 12, 2020 October 15, 2020 December 9, 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 in Curriculum & Instruction – Instructional Coach/Teacher Leader PreK-12 online program.

MS in Curriculum & Instruction – Instructional Coach/Teacher Leader 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

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The MS in Curriculum & Instruction – Instructional Coach/Teacher Leader 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 three of 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 foundational course in professional development will provide educators an introduction to knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors and aspirations that a Teacher Leader will use in designing, facilitating, implementing and assessing high-quality professional development. Additionally, principles and practices to leading adult learners will be integrated throughout the course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to prepare graduate students who aspire to educational leadership responsibilities to advance the professional skills of colleagues by demonstrating and applying expertise in observational skills and in providing feedback in order to support reflective practice focused on improving curriculum, instruction and assessment.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

As this course will show, brain-compatible classrooms are brain-friendly places in which the teaching/learning process is based on how the brain functions and the mind learns. This course will use brain science and cognitive science to examine and reshape how, where, what and when we teach. Brain compatible classrooms are designed with challenging, creative, safe, enriched environments that balance direct instruction with hands-on, authentic, constructivist learning. Brain-friendly strategies include teaching for, of, with and about thinking/reflection. Course curriculum includes ways to recognize the diverse conditions that confront learners and how to address specific learning needs of diverse, at-risk students, including those who are hard to reach.

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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