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Who Should Consider an Online Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction?

A master’s degree in curriculum and instruction can open many doors for your teaching career. Given that this is a relatively new degree offering, many do not know what it entails. For dedicated educators who intend to stay in the education field for many years, an online master’s degree in education may be the right choice.

Who Is This Degree for?

For the right student, master’s degree in curriculum and instruction could mean better pay or even a career change within the education field. Curriculum and instruction is a specialization that offers emphasis on developing curricula while strengthening skills such as analytical thinking, communication, organization and management. An advanced degree in curriculum and instruction is ideal for educators who want to become more involved in what is taught in their schools. It’s also a good option for teachers who want to move more into the administrative side of education.

Instructional Coordinators

Instructional coordinators work with both administrators and teachers to develop school curricula and assess their efficacy. They often instruct teachers in the use of new technologies and strategies. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary of instructional coordinators is around $62,000 per year. A master’s degree is often necessary to begin this career path.

Special Education Directors

Much like instructional coordinators, special education directors oversee pedagogical initiatives for special education teachers. The Arkansas State University online master’s degree in curriculum and instruction program offers special education as an emphasis and provides training that includes the intricacies of special education law. Directors qualify as administrators, and such a career path can net around $80,000 to $90,000 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Online Master’s Degree in Education

For some, taking online courses to earn a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction is the sound choice. This option is best for driven students who can organize their time efficiently and motivate themselves to do the required work. Those who can handle the responsibilities of studying independently will enjoy the benefits of these online courses. For one, teachers can continue to work while pursuing a master’s degree in education online. Many courses are self-paced and, as such, can work around a student’s job responsibilities. A-State’s online program can be completed in as few as 20 months.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects demand for instructional coordinators and curriculum directors to grow over the next several years. A master’s degree in curriculum and instruction can provide educators the skills and training to earn more and to transition into education administration.

Learn more about the Arkansas State online MSE in Curriculum & Instruction program.


BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook: Instructional Coordinators

BLS Occupational Employment Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015–11-9032 Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School

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