What Makes Our Programs Special?

  • Flexibility! Classes are held during evenings, summers and online to accommodate working schedules.
  • Interaction with Curriculum and Instruction graduate faculty members, who have years of experience as teachers, collaborators with schools, researchers, and are state and nationally recognized experts in their fields.
  • The opportunity to study the most current theories and practices in curriculum design and instructional methods.
  • Interaction with metropolitan area educators, and the chance to learn from their ideas and experiences.
  • The opportunity to improve your professional expertise; elevate the academic experiences of those you teach within the educational contexts in which you work; and expand your disciplinary and content knowledge.


Masters of Science Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) offers a graduate program of study in curriculum and instruction. Successful completion of the program of study leads to a Master of Science (MS) degree that includes:

  • Three concentration areas:
    • Subject Focus Area (i.e. English Education, Literacy Education, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teacher Leadership, Reading Education, Science Education, Urban Social Studies Education).
    • Instructional Level Focus Area (i.e. Early Adolescence/Adolescence, Early Childhood, Elementary Education).
    • Cross-Curricular Focus Area (i.e. Specialists within Administrative Leadership, Cultures and Communities Education).
  • A 30 credit degree, including completion of the Master’s Seminar in Curriculum or Thesis.
  • Transcript designations in specific Subject Focus Areas.
    • Cultures & Communities Education
    • Urban Social Studies Education
    • Science Education
    • Mathematics Education
    • Mathematics Teacher Leadership
    • Reading Education
    • English Education:
      • Creative Writing
      • Language and Linguistics
      • Literary Studies
      • Modern Studies
      • Professional Writing
      • Rhetoric & Composition

MS Program of Study Sheet (DOC)

Application materials and additional information available on the Academic Catalog Curriculum and Instruction webpage.

Questions about the programs and/or admissions?

Rob Longwell-Grice
Senior Advisor
Office of Student Services
(414) 229-3059

Allison Hochmuth
Graduate Program Admissions Coordinator
Office of Student Services
(414) 229-4599

Master’s Degree Admission

Complete the UWM Graduate School Online Application.

The Master’s Degree Application Checklist (PDF) may be a helpful resource. For more information on international admissions, please visit the Center for International Education.

Teacher Certification with MS Degree

Persons interested in earning teacher certification and a Masters degree should select their certification area of interest from the following:

Doctoral Specializations

Curriculum and Instruction Specialization

The specialization in Curriculum and Instruction provides program emphasis in a content area (e.g., reading), education level (e.g., early childhood), a general area (e.g., curriculum theory), or special area (e.g., guiding instructional improvement).

Curriculum & Instruction Specialization Information

Mathematics Education Specialization

The specialization in Mathematics Education integrates mathematical knowledge for teaching, content-focused equitable pedagogy, and practice-based inquiry and research. The program prepares leaders and researchers for mathematics instruction, curriculum, and programs.

Mathematics Education Specialization Information