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 (MS)

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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 Childhood, Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence, Early Adolescence/Adolescence).
    • 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 Graduate School’s Curriculum and Instruction webpage.

Questions about the programs and/or admissions?

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

Allison Hochmuth
Graduate Admissions Specialist
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:

Graduate Certificates

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Certificate of Advanced Study in Teaching and Learning
Gain the knowledge, skills, and research tools you need as an educator to measure and make evidence-based claims as to your effectiveness in the classroom. The set of five, three-credit graduate courses included in this certificate program will prepare you with the knowledge base needed to engage in data-driven, action research that draws from the use of formative, benchmark, and summative assessments and leads to effective upgrades in instruction. Certificates may be earned in the following areas:

  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Social Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Study
  • English, Literacy Studies, Adolescent Literature, Children’s Literature
  • Writing
  • Second Language Acquisition

Once you’ve earned your certificate, you will be positioned to become a school and district leader with an integrated set of instruction, assessment, and research skills needed to advance student achievement levels in your respective discipline.

The Certificate program:

  • Is comprised of five, linked 3-credit graduate courses.
  • Offers current research on instruction, learning, and assessment.
  • Includes an integrated critical and systematic examination of classroom practice.
  • Provides the evidence-based upgrades needed to improve student learning.

Application materials and additional information available on the Graduate School’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Teaching and Learning webpage.

Questions about the program and/or admissions?

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

Certificate in Mathematics Teacher Leadership
Develop knowledge and capacity as a mathematics teacher leader to support excellence in mathematics instruction, learning, and programs. You will study mathematical learning trajectories, high-leverage mathematics teaching practices, and current research in mathematics education. The program will prepare you to utilize content-focused leadership and coaching within schools, districts, and other educational settings. The Certificate program:

  • Requires 15-credits of graduate coursework.
  • Includes courses in instructional improvement and mathematics education.
  • Culminates with a capstone course in mathematics instructional leadership.
  • Engages you in professional mathematics organizations at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Networks you within a collaborative, professional community of mathematics educators.

Application materials and additional information available on the Graduate School’s Certificate in Mathematics Teacher Leadership webpage.

Questions about the program and/or admissions?

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

Interdisciplinary Language and Literacy Intervention
If you are a professional in a K-12 school who works with students who struggle with language and literacy, including both English speakers and English Language Learners, this program may be of interest to you.

The program is for individuals who would benefit from updating their knowledge about current research and teaching methods in language and literacy and from learning about current approaches to intervention, such as Response to Intervention (RtI), a federal initiative contained in the 2004 reauthorization of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which directs more money and attention to integrated, interdisciplinary intervention.

The 16-credit ILLI Certificate is jointly offered by the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Exceptional Education, and Educational Psychology, which allows program specialists able to communicate in a variety of intervention fields. It is designed to create interventionists with an understanding of research and practice in a variety of fields like reading/literacy, special education, educational psychology, and communication disorders. In 16 short credits, school professionals can gain an intellectual footing in intervention disciplines in which they have little to no background in.

Course Requirements

  1. All students will take a core course designed to provide a foundation in language and literacy research and theory.
  2. Then, students select an additional 12 credits from the electives offered, as determined by their needs and interests. These 12 credits provide expertise in a variety of disciplines related to language and literacy.
  3. Finally, students will take a one-credit capstone course, which encourages a synthesis of the various disciplines building toward a problem-solving process for intervention. Assignments would include a project linking theory, research and practice across disciplines.

Course Listing (PDF)

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to admission. Applicants must have at least one of the following certifications or degrees:

  • Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Initial Teaching license.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Linguistics or a language/literacy related field.
  • Bachelor’s degrees in other fields and professional experience in education, literacy and language.

Applicants also must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average, and must declare their intent to pursue the certificate before completion of six credits in the certificate sequence.

Applicants with a graduate degree must have a minimum 3.0 graduate grade point average.

An application must be filed with the certificate program coordinator and a copy of the form must be sent to the Graduate School, confirming a student’s admission to the certificate program.

Applicants not already admitted to the Graduate School must file a non-degree application with Graduate Student Services. Successful admission to the certificate program does not guarantee admission to the other graduate programs.

Questions about the program and/or admissions?

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

Doctoral Specializations

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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). For specific requirements, refer to the section on the Curriculum and Instruction Specialization.

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. For specific requirements, refer to the section on the Mathematics Education Specialization.

Specialization Information