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Curriculum Studies-Curriculum Specialist (MA/MEd)

Educational curriculum can be found not only in schools but also in business and community organizations, and  today's curriculum specialists know that curriculum is most effective when it is developed with community and learner involvement and when it is supported by a positive learning environment, engaging instructional practices, effective staff development and equitable opportunities for all.

The two-year Curriculum Studies - Curriculum Specialist master's degree program offers practicing teachers and those with a bachelor's degree in fields other than education the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to develop, justify, evaluate and modify curricula to better serve the needs of all learners, but especially urban and marginalized learners. 

Curriculum specialists are versatile professionals who work as highly effective general educators or curriculum specialists for schools and districts. They may also work in hospitals, businesses, community and civic organizations, publishing houses and museums - any organization or agency that needs to educate employees, students, customers, patrons or the public.

Interested in applying for admission to this program? Learn more about the application process and find out how to apply.

Degree Program

Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Education (MEd)

Program Format

To accommodate working professionals, the Curriculum Studies master's degree program offers courses that meet on weekday evenings at DePaul's Lincoln Park campus, online, or a hybrid online and on-campus format. The program's schedule is flexible, allowing students to attend full-time or part-time as their professional and personal schedules allow.

Program Requirements

The Curriculum Studies - Curriculum Specialist master's degree program includes 52 quarter hours of coursework in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education, Curriculum Studies, Educational Leadership and Organizational Development, as well as a set of individualized electives that students choose in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Students in the MA program are required to complete a thesis and an oral defense; students in the MEd program are required to complete a research seminar in Curriculum Studies.

Want to learn more? For detailed information about program requirements, see the official DePaul University Graduate Catalog.