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Curriculum Studies (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 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.

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

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (MA) or 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.

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. The MEd program offers an endorsement components as well. 

MEd Endorsement Options

MEd-Curriculum Specialist

This degree program allows teacher/practitioners to take the full range of curriculum studies courses. It is designed for those who wish to develop their understanding of curriculum history, theory, development, evaluation, the relationship between theory and practice, and the intersection of teaching and curriculum. This concentration serves a solid foundation for those wishing to enhance their professional knowledge-base and their teaching, teachers interested in serving as curricular and instructional leaders, and those working within other educational programs where a knowledge of curriculum history, theory, practice, design, and evaluation are central to their work. 

MEd-Curriculum Studies with Teacher Leader Endorsement

This degree program is a cross-disciplinary program, housed in the Department of Leadership, Language and Curriculum (LLC) and run jointly by Curriculum Studies and Educational Leadership. It provides practicing teachers who desire to take on the myriad leadership roles in the local school community with the knowledge base of leadership and curriculum that will allow them to be effective and competent leaders.  The program meets the standards set forth by the State of Illinois for the Endorsement of “Teacher Leader.”

Teacher Leader Endorsement Only

This non-degree program allows students who already have a master's degree to obtain an ISBE Teacher Leader Endorsement.  Please review the curriculum and requirements under the College of Education Licensure section of the University Catalog​.​