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What is a master's degree in curriculum and instruction?

Teachers are natural leaders in the classroom, but when they want to become leaders in their profession, one route they�take is to pursue a�Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. This is an advanced degree that takes students through several stages of study, including:

  • a study of educational research
  • the history and theory of curriculum design
  • how learning occurs
  • technology
  • data analysis
  • a research project

Students may also choose electives, allowing them to delve deeper into a particular area such as ESL or reading instruction.

Online M.Ed. programs are helpful in advancing your career

If you already have your teacher certification and are currently in a teaching position, an advanced degree may not only make you a better teacher but may also give you career options. You might someday want to move into a higher position. Here are just a few of the jobs held by people with�master's degree in curriculum and instruction:

  • Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator. This is an obvious role to fill after completing your�online M.Ed. program. Each state hands down mandates for learning. This position involves making sure the school district follows the regulations and holds to educational standards outlined in these mandates. This means selecting textbooks, too.
  • School Principal. �According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for elementary, middle, and high school principals in 2012 was $87,760 per year. For most teachers, moving into a principal position would mean a significant pay bump. In order to be considered for such a position, a master’s degree is required.
  • Lead Teacher. This is a logical career advancement pathway for a teacher. �Most states pay their lead teachers more when they have a master’s degree, too. �The average salary is $78,000,�as reported by Indeed.

A�master's degree in curriculum and instruction is also for teachers who want to keep teaching

Graduation from an�online M.Ed. program�will make you a better teacher, supplying you with the knowledge and insights that will improve your understanding of your chosen profession.

Having studied how learning occurs, for example, can help you tailor your methods according to each student’s learning needs. �In a broader sense, coursework in curriculum design will help you to better interpret your current given curriculum. �A teacher�with�a�master's degree in curriculum and instructioncan also participate in curriculum design task forces at his or her school, providing value-added service.

The common goal of all educators is to motivate students to do their best in school and to become lifelong learners.�By studying the theory of learning and curriculum development and�combining it with hands-on courses, you will learn how to greatly improve the odds of your success for your�students.

Learn more about the LSUS online M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction�program.

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