Home » Graduate Studies » Graduate Academic Programs of Study » Education » M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction

M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction

The M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for experienced teachers as a way to further enhance their professionalism and the quality of their teaching. The graduate program prepares educators for leadership roles in their schools. Integrating theory, practice, and research, the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction provides teachers with opportunities to conduct action research in their schools. Through this research, teachers will acquire advanced knowledge and develop greater competence in their disciplines, while discovering innovative and effective approaches to teaching and learning. Students are required to take seven core courses and five elective courses for a total of 36 credits. The credits which meet the educational requirements for the Supervisor Certification may be completed as part of the elective requirements within this program. Other concentrations available to students in this degree program include Principal Certification – 36 credits, ESL Certification – 39 credits, and Special Education – 42 credits. Students who have earned 15 credits in an alternate route teacher certification program and are now certified may transfer these credits into the elective portion of the program. However, credits will not transfer until the student has been enrolled in the program for a year (two semesters). To earn the Supervisor Certification, three years under a standard certificate are required; to earn the Principal Certification, five years of working under an appropriate New Jersey certificate, passing the School Leader Praxis, WPI and OPI tests are required; to earn the TOSD Certification a standard certificate is required; and to earn the ESL Certification, a teaching certificate is required.

Admissions RequirementsProgram Requirements


  • Teaching certificate in education
  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Official undergraduate/graduate transcripts
  • Passing Praxis scores
  • Two professional references
  • Personal interview
  • Writing sample: In lieu of the statement of objectives on the application, include with your application a 1-2 page typed statement of your goals/objectives for entering the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction program


Required Courses (21 credits)

  • ED 580 Models of Teaching and Curriculum (3)
  • ED 590 Curricula in a Multicultural Society (3)
  • ED 598 Strategies for Curriculum Change & Development (Prerequisite: ED 599) (3)
  • ED 599 Integrating Technology into Curriculum Design and classroom Instruction (3)
  • ED 575 Ethics, Education, and Society (3)^ OR
  • ED 674 Education Law & Regulation (3)^^

Capstone Courses (part of required courses)

  • ED 610 Educational Research I (Prerequisite: 27 credits including ED 580,ED 590, ED 599, ED 598, and ED 674) (3)
  • ED 611 Educational Research II (Prerequisite: ED 610) (3)

Electives(15 credits by advisement; 18 credits for ESL Certification)

  • ED 500  Curriculum Theory and Development (3) ^^^
  • ED 505 Student Development and Learning (3) ^^^
  • ED 510  Reading and Communication
  • ED 515 Classrooms and Community: A Social Unit (3)^^^
  • ED/LA 516 Linguistics (3)***
  • ED 517 Language Acquisition: First and Second Language Development (3)***
  • ED 518 Methods of Teaching ESL (12-hour field requirement) (Prerequisite: EN 520) (3)***
  • ED 519 Theory and Practice of Teaching English to Non-native Speakers (12-hour field requirement) (Prerequisite: EN 520) (3)***
  • ED 520 Professional Skills (3)^^^
  • ED 521 Educational Practices for Students with disabilities (3)*
  • ED 523 The History of Special Education and the Law (3)*
  • ED 525 Academic Assessment and Instructional Planning for Students with Individual Needs (Prerequisite: ED 521) (3)*
  • ED 530 Inclusive Classrooms and Technology (Prerequisite: ED 521) (3)*
  • ED 535 Neurophysiological Basis of Learning, Theories of Teaching for Students with Individual Needs (Prerequisite: ED 521) (3)*
  • ED 539 Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Planning in Special Education (Prerequisite: ED 521) (3)*
  • ED 540 The Special Education Teacher as Collaborator (Prerequisite: ED 521) (3)*
  • ED 576 Reading Foundations (3)***
  • ED 635 Principles and Practices of Curriculum Development and Supervision in Subject Matter Areas (3)**
  • ED 650 Curriculum Leadership (3)**
  • ED 670 General Principles of Staff Supervision: Theory and Practice in Educational Administration and Supervision (3)**+
  • ED 671 Foundations of Pre K-12 Administration & Curriculum Supervision (3)**
  • ED 672 School Finance: Public and Private Funding (3)+
  • ED 675 Communications for School Leaders (3)+
  • ED 678 Managing Human and Material Resources (3)+
  • ED 680 Internship in Educational Administration (3)+
  • EN 520 Structure of American English (3)***

Transfer Credits (6 credits maximum)

  ^ Required for students in the Five-year B.A./M.A. program
^^ Required for Principal Certification
^^^ ED 500, ED 505, ED 510, ED 515, ED 520 are post-baccalaureate students
* Seven courses required for Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification
** Four courses required for Supervisor Certification
*** Elective courses for ESL Certification (18 credits in electives required)
+ Five courses required for Principal Certification



Effective with program admission in fall 2008, students entering the M.A. in Educational Administration, Post-Master Principal Certification program or, the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Principal Certification must participate in a state-mandated 300-hour internship. This will be accomplished on the basis of 10 hours per week over two 15-week semesters. There will be a set of specific activities that relate to the duties of a school principal that students will be expected to accomplish. Three (3) credits will be awarded for the 300 hours.

NOTE: It is understood that students must also meet the State of New Jersey’s requirements for certification. Fees and requirements are set by the New Jersey Department of Education.

Transfer of Graduate Credit

Caldwell University will accept the transfer of six credits of graduate work in education from another accredited institution provided the credits were completed within five years of the student’s registration at Caldwell University. Official transcripts of previous graduate work as well as the description of each course must be submitted for review at the time of application. Approval of transfer credit is based on course content and grade earned in the course. Each transfer request will be reviewed by the Program Coordinator. Students entering this program upon completion of the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program or Special Education program will receive advanced standing; therefore, no additional transfer credits will be accepted. Such students must show evidence of having received or expecting teacher certification, which is a prerequisite for this program.


All students must successfully complete ED 610/611. ED 610/611 guides students through the process of creating an action research project. The study results in a report that includes a statement of the problem, a review of related literature, a description of the methodology used in the study, an analysis of the collected data, and a reflection on the use of the data to improve teaching and learning. Three areas are assessed as the final outcome for this program, subject matter knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, and caring teaching skills. Similarly, the course objectives align with these three components as students identify research questions relevant to their studies, review and analyze important research related to the topic, design a study using qualitative or quantitative methodology, and reflect on the implications of this study to enhance the quality of teaching.

Graduate Programs Information Request Form

If you have any further questions please send us an email at graduate@caldwell.edu