Master's Degree

Education (M.A.) Curriculum and Instruction

Basic Degree Information/Description

The program is focused on the theoretical and practical aspects of curriculum planning, development, implementation, and evaluation in all subject fields and at all educational levels. The concepts of curricular innovation and teaching excellence are stressed in conjunction with expanded knowledge of content fields and applied research. Students who want to specialize in a teaching field may do so by taking courses in that field to support the concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. Within this concentration, a student may specialize in the supervision of instruction.

Why pursue an MA in Education - Curriculum and Instruction?

  • Program breadth and quality: Students can choose from a variety of possibilities relating to teacher leadership in curriculum, curriculum development and administration, and specialties in curriculum focused on specific subject-matter areas.
  • Relevance to a variety of professional contexts from early childhood to middle school and secondary to higher education and other adult learning situations.

Degree Requirements

Thesis Option: 33 Semester Credit Hours

Non-Thesis Option: 36 Semester Credit Hours

For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission pre-requisites: Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.

Graduate Studies Application: Yes

Department Application: No

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Test Scores: If an applicant’s GPA is between 2.7 and 2.99, probationary admission may be granted and the student must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA during the first 12 hours of coursework.

Resume or CV: No

Letters of Recommendation: No

Statement of Purpose: No

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.


Application Deadline Dates

Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: April 1
  • Fall: July 1

International Applicants:

  • Spring: September 1
  • Summer: March 1
  • Fall: April 1

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Erin Doran
Email Address:
Telephone: (210) 458-7443

Degree Website:

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Degree Catalog Link:

Career Options Available for an M.A. in Education - Curriculum and Instruction

Preparation in C&I supports teachers at the early childhood/elementary, middle school, secondary and higher education/adult levels. It also supports administrators in their role as curriculum leaders. In addition, it prepares curriculum coordinators and specialists for their roles in schools or in other settings where training is developed and presented.

Course Scheduling and Offerings

  • Courses are offered at night once a week for three hours (6 PM to 8:45 PM) Monday-Thursday in the fall or spring. Or, during the day two hours a day Monday through Friday in the four-week summer sessions. In addition, some courses are available at night meeting Monday through Friday for three weeks in the May-mester.
  • This program is housed on the UTSA Main Campus.

Research taking place in the Curriculum and Instruction program

The faculty is involved in extensive research on teaching and curriculum in a variety of disciplines and on curriculum theory and application. There are on-going projects in areas such as environmental education, middle-school education, the teaching of science and math, and the teaching of Spanish to heritage speakers.