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

Take your passion for teaching to the next level! A master's in education can help you improve your classroom skills to maximize student achievement. This 100% online program from ESU grows your professional knowledge base to help you teach better as well as become a resource for faculty development projects and activities in public or private school settings.


Learn what our online curriculum and instruction – effective practitioner program offers you

Improve your classroom skills and maximize student achievement by earning your Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction – Effective Practitioner PreK-12 from Emporia State University. This online graduate program grows your professional knowledge base to help you teach better as well as become a resource for faculty development projects and activities in public or private school settings.

$10,956 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 Effective Practitioner concentration allows you to choose from a variety of topics to explore such as brain-based learning using cognitive science, school leadership theory, integrating technology into the classroom, and advanced practice in teaching.

In this effective practitioner 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
  • Department Head
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Instructional 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 [email protected] or via phone at (620) 341-5091.



Discover the value of our low-cost tuition

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

$332 Per Credit Hour

$996 Per 3 Credit Hour Course

$10,956 Total Tuition

Tuition is subject to change on an annual basis.



Know important dates for our students

The MS in Curriculum & Instruction – Effective Practitioner 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 2021, Session I August 23, 2021 August 9, 2021 August 12, 2021 August 16, 2021 August 19, 2021 October 8, 2021
Fall 2021, Session II October 18, 2021 October 4, 2021 October 7, 2021 October 11, 2021 October 14, 2021 December 8, 2021
Spring 2022, Session I January 19, 2022 January 5, 2022 January 8, 2022 January 11, 2022 January 17, 2022 March 8, 2022
Spring 2022, Session II March 28, 2022 March 14, 2022 March 17, 2022 March 21, 2022 March 24, 2022 May 13, 2022


Follow our streamlined admission requirements

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 – Effective Practitioner PreK-12 online program.

MS C&I – Effective Practitioner 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 [email protected] or by selecting Emporia State University on the transcript request form, mailed (or overnighted) to:

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

Students who have obtained a degree from a foreign university/college must have a transcript evaluation from a recommended external source that is a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services). Students will not be allowed to enroll until the evaluation has been received in the Graduate School.

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The topics you’ll study in our curriculum and instruction online classes

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

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

Neurological research, traditional sources of knowledge, and contributions from mental health are accessed to design socially, emotionally, and physical safe learning environments for all students and staff. Construction of schooling conditions, to include adults who model and teach healthy social interaction patterns. A comprehensive view of behavioral support is provided.

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

This course uses narratives, stories, and vignettes from educators who have been recognized as National Teach of the Year of have otherwise been recognized as true teacher leaders. These stories will provide exemplars of teach leadership and how it impacted both peers and students

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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