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Curriculum Studies (MA/MEd)
Curriculum Studies (MA/MEd)
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Become a leader in curriculum development

The Curriculum Studies (MA/MEd) program prepares you to develop, evaluate and modify curricula to serve the needs of all learners. You’ll be prepared to provide schools, small businesses or Fortune 500 companies the well-developed curricula they require to meet the needs of their learners. If you are already a licensed teacher, you also have the option to add a Teacher Leader endorsement to your Illinois Teaching License (PEL).

MEd students have these endorsement options:

  • MEd-Curriculum Specialist
  • MEd-Curriculum Studies with Teacher Leader Endorsement
  • Teacher Leader Endorsement only

All classes meet in the evenings at the Lincoln Park Campus. The degree program can be completed either part time or full time in two to three years.

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Connected to diverse educational settings

Chicago is home to a wide variety of educational environments for all types of learners. You’ll find opportunities to hone your craft with the students you most want to help: urban, suburban, traditional, non-traditional, pre-K to post-graduate.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 15
  • Winter: December 1
  • Spring: March 1
  • Summer: May 1

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, a résumé, letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

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Required Courses

You’ll take eight core courses, two social and cultural studies courses, and two electives. In the teacher leader concentration, you’ll take 10 core courses, a capstone course and two electives.

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of Curriculum Studies graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.


The average reported salary for Curriculum Studies graduates was $65,000.

A global perspective on education practice

Instructional Assistant Professor Gonzalo Obellerio, a native of Argentina, brings an international focus to education theory and an interest in the way different cultural contexts might impact curriculum. His courses are designed around an open exchange of ideas, a challenging and respectful discourse among professionals, where “students feel safe and welcome to speak their minds and argue openly.” He also serves as a member of the executive committee of the Philosophy of Education Society of North America.

“DePaul provided me with a strong understanding of different cultural approaches to education, which is crucial when building student-centered, innovative opportunities with existing curriculum.”

Jordan (MEd ’14)

iDirector, Berwyn South School District 100
Jordan, Curriculum Studies MEd alumna  

Alumni Network

Your degree connects you with DePaul’s community of more than 180,000 alumni, most of whom live in the Chicago area. College of Education alumni can be found in schools and districts throughout the state of Illinois supporting each other and inspiring the next generation of educators. The College of Education has a variety of alumni resources, like professional development workshops, networking events and continuing professional development unit (CPDU) opportunities.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Education at (773) 325-4405 or

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