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Online Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction

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30 – 33
1 to 2 years to complete
No GRE required

The College of Saint Rose designed its MSED in Curriculum and Instruction online program to meet the needs of working educators. Candidates with bachelor’s degrees can complete the online program in just one to two years, with the curriculum requirements designed to fit their existing teaching expertise.

Certified teachers in New York must earn a master’s degree within the first five years of receiving their initial certification. An online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction allows teachers to fulfill that requirement by taking courses that fit their personal schedules. All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in an education field. However, because the online-only program is designed for busy teachers, the normal GRE requirement to enroll in graduate school is waived.

Saint Rose grants more education degrees and certificates than any other college or university in New York State. A master’s credential earned at Saint Rose is recognized across the state and meets all the necessary state requirements for maintaining teaching certification.

How the Online Master’s Program Works

The Saint Rose curriculum development master’s degree is an online-only program, with both asynchronous and synchronous learning options. As with other online graduate programs, all coursework is completed online, but that doesn’t mean students must sacrifice personalized attention and mentoring. With a range of online course offerings, instructors at Saint Rose have various options for supporting online learners both technologically and personally.

  • complete MSED Curriculum and Instruction by livestreaming class in real timeLivestreamCourses that livestream allow students to complete coursework alongside classmates via Zoom at a scheduled time in the evening.
  • complete MSED Curriculum and Instruction on-demand on your timeOn-DemandOn-demand course delivery allows students to log on at times that are convenient for them to view lectures and complete coursework.

What You Can Do with a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction?

Earning a master’s degree while working full-time requires a financial and emotional investment, so it’s important to make sure it’s the right choice. For those who choose this path, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is a rewarding pursuit that broadens their scope of knowledge and helps them further their careers.

Many teachers who earn a master’s degree continue to teach in the classroom, but they do so empowered by the ability to apply the new concepts and theories they learned in their graduate program. As a result, furthering education in this way can make a great teacher even better.

In most school districts, a master’s degree also has a significant impact on a teacher’s salary. Teachers with a master’s degree can expect to earn more than their counterparts who only hold bachelor’s degrees. For example, according to the New York City Department of Education, a new teacher in New York City with a bachelor’s degree earns approximately $61,070 per year, while a new teacher with a master’s degree earns approximately $68,252. Specific salaries vary quite a bit, depending on the district, but most districts offer a salary bump to their teachers who earn advanced degrees and continue to teach in the classroom.

Graduates of a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction online program may also choose to pursue different positions that are related to their new degree. For instance, a graduate of this program may choose to become an instructional coordinator who oversees the development of curriculum at a school or on a district-wide level. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary for instructional coordinators was $63,740 in 2021.

Saint Rose has many funding options that can make your education affordable:

Program Highlights

Most students take 1 to 2 years to complete their degree depending on whether they pursue their studies part time or full time. There’s no pressure. You can complete your master’s degree at your own pace.

  • Start the program as a full-time or part-time student in the fall, spring or summer.
  • Work with a faculty advisor to design a master’s degree program that meets your needs, including an area of specialization that addresses your goals.
  • Join our renowned alumni network which is deeply connected with many school districts. School leaders call us first when they need teachers.
  • Learn from faculty who are also licensed teachers. They know what it’s like to be in a classroom.
  • Students who are local have access to our on-campus curriculum library, where they can borrow books, assessments, and manipulatives for their classrooms.

All students complete 18 credits of core courses in:

  • Educational research
  • Content and pedagogy
  • School and society

Students choose a 12 or 15 credit track to complete the 30/33 credit program.

  • Second Initial Certification in Early Childhood Education: Birth-Grade 2
  • Second Initial Certification in Childhood Education: Grades 1-6
  • Extension in a Content Area in Grades 5 and 6
  • Extension in a Content Area in Grades 7 through 9
  • Teaching English as a New Language
  • Elective track in which you choose graduate courses in areas of interest

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Build the Teacher Pipeline initiative

The College’s founding values speak to serving the dear neighbor and meeting the needs of the times. Saint Rose is stepping up with a bold initiative to help New York State build the teacher pipeline with the very best.

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Faculty who have been there

Our professors are all licensed teachers and respected researchers who serve in statewide education leadership roles and offer practical strategies to help you become an even stronger educator.

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Career support

Our faculty remain your mentors long after you’ve graduated. You’ll also receive lifelong support from our Career Center, including career counseling and an invitation to our annual Education Career Fair.

And the College offers professional development opportunities, including earning CTLE hours, that will support you throughout your career, such as our recent webinar series “Teach on: Hot topics and practical strategies for today’s classroom,” covering culturally responsive education, English Language Learners, Social-Emotional Learning, and parent communication.

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