Are you seeking to build on your current skills, or explore a new career path? With flexible evening and online courses, a variety of specializations, and some of the most knowledgeable faculty in the field, our Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction may be the perfect fit for you!

Ranked #6 in Best Online Master’s in Social Studies degree programs of 2022 by Intelligent.com

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.

Contact Us

For more information or questions about the program and admissions.

Office of Student Services
(414) 229-4721


Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction

The Department of Teaching & Learning 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. Cultures & Communities Education, English Education, Literacy Education, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teacher Leadership, Reading Education, Science Education, and Urban Social Studies Education).
    • Instructional Level Focus Area (i.e. Early Adolescence/Adolescence, Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle Education, K-9).
    • 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
    • English Education:
      • Creative Writing
      • Literature and Cultural Theory
      • Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies
      • Rhetoric and Professional Writing
    • Mathematics Education
    • Mathematics Teacher Leadership
    • Reading Education
    • Science Education
    • Urban Social Studies Education

MS Program of Study Sheet (DOC)

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

Academic Catalog Requirements Sheet

  • Visit the Academic Catalog webpage linked above, then click on the Print Options link in the lower right hand column
  • Click the Download Page (PDF) link
  • Print or save the condensed program requirements document


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 Master of Science 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 PhD Academic Catalog Requirements

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 PhD Academic Catalog Requirements


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