Master of Education

Curriculum and Instruction Master’s Degree in Education


The graduate program in Education, with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction, will assist graduate students in developing skill sets and understanding in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.  Graduate students will be exposed to and challenged in the areas of research, writing, critical thinking, and practicums.  Graduate students will be exposed to both theory and practice in their research, textual readings, classroom discussions, and experiential learning.

This program is intended to: 1). Assist current teachers to develop their skill sets and understanding of curriculum, instruction, and assessment; or 2). Assist graduate students, who do not have a background in teaching, to develop skill sets necessary for an administrative role (or similar role) in the field of Education.  Applicants who do not have a background in teaching are encouraged to apply.  Applicants with a degree in subjects that are taught at the secondary education level may be eligible for a North Dakota secondary teaching license after the successful completion of the graduate program in Education.  They would need to contact the Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB) in North Dakota about licensing requirements.  

For applicants who do not have a teaching/education background, this degree program may serve to be useful in administrative roles in the field of Education (i.e., Higher Education) and possibly other discipline areas, as well as careers such as corporate trainer or educational consultant.  For those seeking administrative roles in K-12 education, who do not have a teaching/education background, some states may hire those with a master’s in curriculum and instruction, but will typically require additional administrative coursework.

Master’s Program in Education Outcomes (Goals)

Candidates completing a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction are expected to have achieved the following:

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills, and dispositions. The program reflects consideration of the standards for advanced study of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), professional specialty associations, and the National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE).
  2. Understand, develop, and apply research and research methods through effective communication relevant to the advanced field of study using effective communication through writing.
  3. Demonstrate a deepened understanding of the study of the role of schools in society and the development of positive-relationship partnerships with families and the larger community through effective communication and the implementation of programs, services, events, and/or best practices.
  4. Demonstrate a deepened understanding and apply advanced teaching strategies and models of teaching relevant to the advanced field of study, in order to meet the needs of all students.
  5. Demonstrate various methods of integrating current, appropriate instructional technologies.
  6. Demonstrate practicum performance via a field experience that shows evidence of the potential impact on P-12 student learning using varied assessments.
  7. a). Determine and apply sound pedagogical practices to meet the needs of all students as learners and of the learning environment.
    b). Demonstrate a deepened understanding of curriculum theory, design, and delivery.
    c). Determine, apply, and reflect on multiple means of assessing and evaluating diverse students’ learning.
    d). Demonstrate professional experience and growth as educational leaders and supervisors and curriculum and instruction strategists for the purpose of preparing teachers for different roles in schools.


Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction


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Master of Education Graduate Application and Admission Requirements

Master of Education Graduate Handbook

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Travis Frank, Ph.D., Graduate Studies Chair

Chris Fried, M.Ed., Education Director

Koreen Ressler, Ph.D.

Laurel Vermillion, Ph.D.

D’Arlyn Bauer, Ph.D.

Joshua Mattes, Ph.D.

Gary Halvorson, Ph.D.

Wayne Shelley, Ph.D.

Contact Us

Travis Frank, Ph.D., Graduate Studies Chair
Sitting Bull College
9299 Hwy 24
Fort Yates, ND 58538