Online Master's in Curriculum and Instruction

Currently ranked at #4 in the nation, the online master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) at Florida State is designed for current educators who are committed to improving their instructional effectiveness and becoming teacher leaders. The program assists educators in better understanding and addressing:

  • the needs of the diverse students they serve;
  • the dynamic policy environment represented by new state and local standards; and
  • research-based instructional approaches and supports that are available to teachers in the 21st century.

Students in the program will use their teaching context as sites to explore the ideas, techniques, technology, and approaches introduced in the program to determine their local effectiveness. Participation in the program will require educators to be committed to honing their knowledge of students, content, and standards. This will be accomplished by participants examining their own knowledge, abilities, and educational effectiveness through the use of data collected from their practice. Students in the program must have regular and frequent contact with Pre-K – 12 learners in an instructional capacity. These data will then be interpreted using the theoretical and methodological tools introduced in the program. Online mentors will also be available to help teachers navigate the program.

Please note: This program does not lead to teacher certification as it is an advanced program designed for current teachers. Courses will be offered when resources are available.

Students begin the program in the fall semester as graduate students. The core courses of this online program, most of which are offered in an asynchronous format, are designed to accommodate teachers’ varied work schedules. There is some opportunity for face-to-face interaction depending on the courses in the major and electives selected.

The online master’s program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework (10 three-credit-hour courses) and a portfolio (zero credit hours) the last summer of the program. Coursework can be completed on a part-time basis in approximately two years, as students typically complete two 3-credit hour courses per semester. The program consists of seven core 3-credit hour courses taught in succession from Fall of Year 1 to Summer of Year 2. The remaining three courses can be scheduled to accommodate individual interests and areas of focus. The program culminates in the production and defense of a Portfolio in the summer of Year 2. The overall program of study will be determined by the student and the student’s faculty advisor from the major area of study.

Core Courses

  • Fall of Year 1: EDG 5339 Making Sense of Data to Inform Instruction
  • Spring of Year 1: EDG 5345 Using Assessments in the PK-12 Classroom to Differentiate Instruction
  • Fall of Year 2: EDG 5206 Teachers as Informed Curriculum Decision Makers
  • Spring of Year 2: EDG 5342 Analyzing and Refining Teaching

In addition, these core courses are offered in the summer semester:

  • EDG 5709 Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • EME 5050 Teaching and Technology
  • EEX 5089 Adaptations and Accommodations for Learners with Disabilities



Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Elective Courses:

  • EEC 5269 Curriculum and Play
  • EEC 5615 Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education
  • EEC 5263 Thematic Curriculum and Direct Instruction for Young Children

Other electives negotiated with program advisor

Elementary Education

Elementary Education Elective Courses:

  • EDE 5324 Promoting Thinking in the Elementary School
  • EDE 5225 The Elementary School, K-6
  • EDE 5266 Current Issues and Trends in Elementary Education

Other electives negotiated with program advisor

English Education

English Education Elective Courses:

  • LAE 5348 Teaching Multiliteracies (Spring, even years)
  • LAE 5637 Problems and Trends in English Education (Fall, even years)
  • LAE 5696 Participatory Culture in Literacy and Learning (Fall, odd years)
  • LAE 5908 Directed Individual Study (Spring, odd years)

Other options:

  • LAE 5364 Survey of British Literature for English Teachers (Summer, even years)
  • LAE 5927 Teachers as writers (Spring, odd years)

Foreign and Second Language Education

Foreign and Second Language Education Elective Courses:

  • TSL 5XXX Pedagogical English Grammar (Spring I)
  • TSL 5XXX Syllabus Design and Materials Development in FSLE
  • TSL 5XXX Introduction to Linguistics for Foreign and Second Language (Summer)
  • TSL 5XXX Methodologies for Teaching Second and Foreign Language (Fall II)
  • TSL 5XXX Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (Spring)

Other electives negotiated with program advisor

Mathematics Education

Mathematics Education Elective Courses:

  • MAE 5865 Using History in the Teaching of Mathematics (Spring, odd years)
  • MAE 5691 Mathematics Teaching and Learning (Fall, even years)
  • EEX 5246 Mathematics for Learners with Disabilities (Spring, odd years) 

Other electives negotiated with program advisor

Science Education

Science Education Elective Courses:

  • SCE 5642 Science Teaching and Educational Policy (Summer, odd years)
  • SCE 5340 Science Teaching and Learning (Spring, even years)

Other options:

  • SCE 5905 Directed Individual Studies in Science Education
  • EDP 5216 Theories of Learning and Cognition in Instruction
  • EDP 5217 Principles of Learner Motivation

Science content courses negotiated with program advisor

Social Science Education

Social Studies Education Elective Courses:

See program advisor for recommendations for social studies content courses.





Application Deadlines

Fall: July 1st

When beginning an application:
Select: “Distance Learning”
Select: “Master’s Part-Time”
Select a major:  Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English Education, Foreign and Second Language, Math Education, Science Education or Social Science Education.


Tuition & Aid

Information about tuition and fees at Florida State is available here. You can learn more about the scholarship and aid opportunities for College of Education students here.

Admission Requirements

In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, applicants must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree.
  • GRE test scores. Official test results are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). These scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency. Examinee copies are not considered official. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): – FSU Institution Code: 5219.

Target Scores:
Verbal – 146+
Quantitative – 140+

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) do not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report.

NOTE: The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants if the applicant meets at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • Three years of professional experience as a practicing educator or equivalent field provided that the candidate can provide evidence of Effective or Highly Effective teacher evaluations, OR
  • Successful completion of six graduate credit hours from the C&I program with a graduate GPA of 3.50 or higher, OR
  • Passing score on the General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination or an equivalent state certification examination.

Applicants must provide evidence to satisfy the criteria being applied; please send documentation to Ms. Jeannie McDowell. Approval of a GRE waiver does not guarantee admission. Prospective students must still apply and meet all other admissions requirements.

  • Language proficiency test (international students only)– FSU accepts scores from TOEFL (minimum 80), IELTS (minimum 6.5) and MELAB (minimum 77).
  • Transcripts – Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The address for submitting transcripts is:

Florida State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
314 Westcott Building
P.O. Box 3061410
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410

Applicants must upload the following REQUIRED supporting documents to the Admissions Application Portal:

  • Statement of purpose (at least one page) – should describe your purpose for pursuing a degree, qualifications and long-term career goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • One page resume/curriculum vitae
  • Writing Sample – it is acceptable to submit a paper used in another class, or one that was published.

Admissions Contact

Jeannie McDowell
Academic Support Assistant
G110 Stone Building
(850) 645-8316