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UVM is recognized as one of the Best Graduate Schools of Education by U.S. News and World Reports

Teachers InspireThe University of Vermont's Master's Degree (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction develops innovative leaders in educational settings including teaching, curriculum theory, curriculum development, and related areas of research for public/private schools.

Please note that this program is not to be confused with our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) licensure programs in Secondary Education and Middle Level Education

“Learning was social, professors were approachable, and the dialogue between students in and out of the classroom was inspiring. Coursework at UVM challenged me to examine issues involving equity and access.” Hannah Luce (G'20)  >> Read Hannah's story

The Curriculum & Instruction program is completely accessible online program and offers options for in-person study. The M.Ed. includes 30 graduate credits made up of 12 core course credits and 18 credits of electives. For your convenience, courses are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters, in a variety of formats including online, in-person, and hybrid. The program emphasizes developing your knowledge and skills, in areas that include collaboration, equitable curriculum design, research, and the learning process. Core courses are:

  • EDLP 320 Collaborative Consultation
  • EDCI 331 Society, Stress, & the Brain
  • EDCI 321 Learning, Design, & Technology
  • EDFS 209 Intro to Research Methods or EDFS 355 Applied Data Analysis for Decision Making

In addition to the above, students complete a series of elective courses. Students can craft an individually designed course of study selecting from courses across our College's disciplines, or complete one of our specialized sequences (see below).

Areas of Practice/Specialization

You can choose your area(s) of specialization in consultation with your advisor, allowing coursework to be aligned with your interests and professional goals. Click on each specialization to learn more. Many classes are online or hybrid format, and some course sequences are entirely online.

Graduates can apply for additional endorsements through transcript review with the Vermont Agency of Education.


At the completion of coursework, all students develop a capstone portfolio showcasing their learning and the impact of their coursework on their professional practice. The portfolio is presented to a small committee of program faculty as their final comprehensive exam. 

  • Molly Rolfe and her dog on a Vermont mountain summit.

    Success Spotlight: Molly Rolfe G'22

    “I love my school community, and I am excited to apply what I learned in the Curriculum and Instruction master’s program to my teaching practice," says Swanton Elementary School Teacher Molly Rolfe. "I loved being a student again, especially with professors who truly cared about their students. Kelly Swindlehurst was a great mentor, and Kathleen Brinegar was extraordinarily helpful with my portfolio defense. The program was well thought out with valuable content that all educators need to know.”

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Funding & Scholarships

Application Information


  • March 1 - Fall or Summer Admittance
  • November 1 - Spring Admittance

Personal Statement

Please include an area of practice or specialization that you are interested in studying throughout the duration of the program.

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