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

The 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.

Coursework can be completely accessible online but there are options for in-person study. The program includes 30 graduate credits made up of 12 core credits and 18 credits of electives. For your convenience, courses are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters, and in a variety of formats including online, in-person, and hybrid. The program emphasizes knowledge and skills development, collaboration, equitable curriculum design, research, and the learning process.

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

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

Core Courses (12 credits)

  • 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 core courses above, students complete a series of elective courses. Students may complete one of our specialization pathways shown below, or craft an individually designed program of study selecting from courses across our College's disciplines.

Specialization Pathways (18 credits)

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 available entirely online.


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

Contact Us

Please email if you have questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

“Learning was social, professors were approachable, and the dialogue between students in and out of the classroom was inspiring.” - Hannah Luce G'20

>> Read Hannah's story