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Our Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction is also known as Curriculum and Design for Innovative Educators. The program is designed to develop leadership in educational settings such as teaching, curriculum theory, curriculum development, and related areas of research for public/private elementary and secondary school settings.

In addition to a research methods course to advance practice, additional emphasis is placed on advancing understanding of curriculum theory and practice, collaboration across school and community contexts, and responsive design to ensure optimal development of the whole child.

Ten (3-credit) courses are required. Those courses must include the 4 core courses with 6 additional elective courses. The core sequence includes:

  • Research Methods to Advance Practice
  • Curriculum Theory and Practice
  • Responsive Design to Ensure Optimal Development of the Whole Child
  • Collaboration Across School and Community Contexts

The 6 elective courses are determined in consultation with the program coordinator, allowing the courses to be aligned with student interests. There are 3 tracks (Library Media, Ed Tech, and Reading and Literacy) that that support students who are interested in attaining endorsements through transcript review. Please visit Vermont’s Agency of Education to see the details about the transcript review process, including the documentation that you will have to provide.

Near the end of the program, generally during your last semester, you will defend an ePortfolio of your work; the ePortfolio will include work from all of your courses. You will use the coursework evidence to show how you have met the National Board Standards as well as the InTASC Standards. Details of this portfolio are available from the Program Coordinator.

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University of Vermont
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Burlington, Vermont 05405

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Application Information

  • March 1 - Fall or Summer Admittance
  • October 1 - Spring Admittance
Personal Statement

This should include an aspect of practice that you are interested in studying throughout the duration of the program.

Required Scores

All applicants must submit one of the following scores to be considered for admission:

  • GRE General
  • Passing VT Praxis II
  • Equivalent Teacher Examination Scores from another state (e.g. Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, MTEL)