Master Education with an Online MEd
- $627/credit (36 credits total)
- Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
- 6 career-focused concentrations
- Complete in as few as 15 months
- No GRE/GMAT required
- Advance your career as an education leader
Online Master's in Education Program Overview
Implement positive change within your learning community with an online MEd degree from Southern New Hampshire University. You'll gain the insights and expertise needed to inspire learners and serve as a role model and support system for colleagues.
Designed to align with 21st-century learning, the online Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction prepares educators in all settings to be leaders in their field, with an awareness across cultures and geographies. You'll learn to apply local, state and national standards. You'll also design learning experiences that are relevant, outcome-driven and culturally inclusive for all ages, education levels and learning environments.
Earn your online master's in education in curriculum and instruction, or specialize your program with one of 6 concentration areas.
Throughout the online MEd degree program, you'll explore the role of "educational leader" and what that means in both a traditional and non-traditional learning setting. You'll also access and use current educational research and data in curricular decision-making. By the end of your program, you'll emerge with a ready-to-implement curriculum, along with a professional portfolio that showcases your abilities as a leader in education.
Upon completion of the online curriculum and instruction master's program, you'll be prepared to:
- Design curriculum that addresses the complex learning situations of today's students
- Support the needs of learners with different backgrounds, abilities and experiences using the principles of Universal Design for Learning and other relevant standards
- Design assessments that guide and measure learners' success and use data to inform teaching and learning decisions
- Integrate technology in curricular design by incorporating research-based instructional strategies
- Model educational leadership in implementing positive change for students, colleagues and communities
- Position yourself as an education professional who promotes learning and works toward the inclusion of all learners
Note: Instructional coordinators in public schools may be required to have a teaching license or an education administrator license.
The online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction degree program does not lead to licensure. SNHU also offers online post-licensure Master of Education (MEd) programs for currently licensed individuals who are interested in furthering their professional development and enhancing their credentials.
However, since state requirements for adding endorsements vary greatly, SNHU does not guarantee that the completion of those programs will result in rank, endorsements, and/or salary increases and strongly encourages interested individuals to contact their state licensure board prior to enrolling.
SNHU provides additional information for education programs on our Licensure and Certification Disclosures page. View disclosure information.
Curriculum & Instruction (MEd) - Dyslexia Studies & Language-Based Learning Disabilities
Learn methods to support students struggling with reading and writing with the Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Dyslexia and Language-Based Learning Disabilities.
This online program is expressly designed to help K-12 instructors working with students struggling with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD), which can fall under the umbrella of a specific learning disability (SLD), and an area to be addressed in a students individualized education plan (IEP). This innovative concentration within our Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program is a joint partnership with Landmark School, a renowned leader in the field of serving, educating and empowering LBLD students in elementary, middle and high school.
In the online MEd program, you'll learn how to apply innovative, research-based approaches to heighten students' executive function, information-processing skills, oral and written expression, social-emotional confidence and self-advocacy skills. Courses will center on how students with LBLDs learn, self-regulate and benefit from tailored instruction.
The dyslexia studies and language-based learning disabilities concentration is a master's-only pathway program that does not lead to licensure or prepare you to become a Landmark specialist. The online curriculum and instruction master's program is ideal for K-12 educators who are leading in the area of curriculum and instruction.
The LBLD-focused Master in Curriculum and Instruction online program, in partnership with Landmark School, is designed for both currently certified teachers and educators already leading in the area of curriculum and instruction. Roles include curriculum developers, assessment administrators, program evaluators, learning center tutors and language trainers.
Demand for instructional coordinators will continue to grow as schools focus on the effectiveness of educators and curriculum evaluation and improvement. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that, by 2029, overall employment of instructional coordinators will be 193,000.1
Courses may include:
- Executive Function and Study Skills
- Expressive Language-Skills and Writing
- Reading Interventions for Students with LBLD
Curriculum & Instruction (MEd) - Education Leadership
Learn to lead in the classroom and beyond with your Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Education Leadership.
Graduates of this program will develop a deeper understanding of roles that are crucial to education leadership – including district and site administrators, classroom teachers and directors of peer groups.
Learn more about earning your education leadership MEd online.
Courses may include:
- Education Law and Ethics
- Building Community Through Education
- Leading Educational Organizations
Curriculum & Instruction (MEd) - Online Teaching
Gain strategies, learn technologies and build confidence in your virtual classroom when you earn your Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Online Teaching.
You'll focus on adapting your in-person teaching know-how to the online world. You'll also better understand how to support your students with different backgrounds and abilities whether you're in physical classroom or not.
Learn more about earning your online teaching MEd online.
Courses may include:
- Methods of Online Instruction
- Strategies in Online Instruction
- Technology in Online Education
Curriculum & Instruction (MEd) - Reading
Develop the skills you need to help children in grades K-12 overcome reading difficulties with the online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Reading.
Encouraging students to explore methods of reading, writing, listening and speaking development in the early elementary grades is essential to a successful classroom environment. When you have students with unique literacy needs, diverse teaching instruction can be critical to their success.
Designed to align with 21st-century learning, this Master in Curriculum and Instruction online program gives you in-depth knowledge of literacy issues and insight into specialized support and diagnostic procedures for students with reading issues.
This specialized online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction program prepares educators in all settings to be leaders in their field, with a global awareness across cultures and geographies. You'll explore early literacy development from kindergarten to grade 4. From there, you'll examine strategies that promote literacy and writing skills for students in grades 4 to 8. Finally, you'll discover how to assess the progress of students with literacy difficulty.
Demand for instructional coordinators will continue to grow as schools focus on the effectiveness of educators and curriculum evaluation and improvement. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 6% growth for instructional coordinators through 2029.1 Of those occupations, 44% were employed in elementary and secondary schools.1
Courses may include:
- Emerging and Early Literacy Development K-4
- Content Area Literacy Grades 4-8
- Assessing and Instructing Students with Literacy Difficulty
Curriculum & Instruction (MEd) - Special Education
Learn to support the needs of a diverse learner population with the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Special Education.
You'll find ways to create an inclusive space for learning, and successfully navigate the challenges related to teaching children with mild to moderate disabilities.
Learn more about earning your special education MEd online.
Courses may include:
- Language-Based Learning Environments
- Students with Exceptionalities
- Assessment of Student Performance
Curriculum & Instruction (MEd) - Technology Integration
Boost your leadership and technology skills to benefit your school with the online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Technology Integration.
The technology integration concentration coursework will teach you how to assess and incorporate technology into your lessons to improve student learning. Discover how to work within a school's current administration to maximize the use of technology in the classroom. You'll increase your marketability by learning the latest advancements in curriculum instruction.
This specialized online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction program prepares educators to succeed in a tech-enabled field. You'll explore what it means to be an education leader, and apply technology in both a traditional and non-traditional learning settings. By the end of your program, you'll emerge with a deep understanding of how to adapt and grow in an evolving field. You'll also develop a global awareness across cultures, geographies and diverse sets of learner populations.
The online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction is perfect for educators looking to integrate digital technology into their curriculum. Whether you want to merge technology into a traditional classroom setting or optimize distance learning experiences, you'll discover curriculum theory, principles and frameworks that can help you serve learners. You'll learn about today's current trends, and get a glimpse into the future of learning. A future you can ultimately help shape and define.
This specialized concentration can also help you distinguish yourself in your field – and empower students along the way. Today's learners, particularly at the elementary and secondary education level, are better equipped than ever to aptly navigate technology – from mobile phones to tablets and beyond. This specialized degree can help you build the skills you need to reach those learners, and optimize their classroom experiences.
Courses may include:
- Integrating Digital Technology I K-12
- Integrating Digital Technology II K-12
- Integration Specialist Toolbox
The online MEd degree in Curriculum and Instruction is perfect for educators in all settings, including elementary and secondary public and private schools, charter schools and homeschools. Excelling and growing in your career as an educational administrator requires a mix of classroom experience, focus, passion, drive and, of course, education.
"If a district is looking for high-quality educators and they are comparing two applicants against each other, the person with the MEd will have an advantage," said Dr. Daniel Tanguay, senior associate dean at SNHU. "The MEd reflects that a candidate has more experience and is capable of taking on more responsibilities required by the job."
Demand for instructional coordinators will continue to grow as schools focus on the effectiveness of educators and curriculum evaluation and improvement. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 6% growth through 2029.1
Additionally, online learning is evolving fast, especially following the global pandemic. SNHU proudly leads the charge in the space, offering cutting-edge, remote learning experiences since 1995.
By combining education principles and curriculum design with the latest advances in technology, this online MEd can help you become a more adaptable educator.
"Change is a constant," said Dr. Audrey Rogers, SNHU professor and education department chair for campus undergraduate programs. "Learning how to adapt and adjust, that’s been one of the skills that’s been most helpful in my career."
"It’s about keeping my finger on the pulse of who my students are over time and all the trends, standards and new research, and being able to continually improve."
Note: Instructional coordinators in public schools may be required to have a teaching license or an education administrator license.
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Why SNHU For Your Master’s in Education Online
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 12 credits from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, SNHU has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
- “Most Innovative” regional university honors from U.S. News & World Report each year since 2015
- A $1 million grant from Google.org to explore soft skills assessments for high-need youth
- Recognition as a 2017 Digital Learning Innovator by the Online Learning Consortium
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate the field. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
96.5% of students would recommend SNHU.2 Discover why SNHU may be right for you.
You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. Students with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 are eligible for provisional acceptance.
Other MEd admission requirements include:
- A resume that includes at least 6 months of relevant K-12 instructional or curriculum development experience
- Filling out our MEd Non-Licensure Acknowledgment Form
How to Apply
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year, so you can start earning your degree during any of our 5 graduate term starts.
To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application, providing undergraduate transcripts and your resume and filling out the MEd Non-Licensure Acknowledgement Form.
Courses & Curriculum
This online master's in education program is designed for educators who are leading in the area of curriculum and instruction. Students will be exposed to an in-depth study of teaching, learning and curriculum design.
The program consists of 12 MEd in Curriculum and Instruction courses, including 9 core classes and either 3 major elective courses or one of our 3-course concentration options. The 36-credit-hour program lets you tailor the degree to your interests and professional needs.
In courses like The Educator as a Leader, you'll learn about traditional and non-traditional frameworks and principles of education. By understanding multi-cultural education environments, you'll gain the skills you need to empower learners from various skill levels and backgrounds.
Our 4 major courses in Curriculum Design explore the foundational design theories and principles in various learning environments. You'll then build upon that foundation by implementing Differentiated Instruction (DI) strategies to meet the needs of unique subsets of learners. From there, you'll explore assessment theories and, finally, dive into emerging theory and design. You'll also develop your own course curriculum and portfolio.
You'll then complete your online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a seminar and a capstone – giving you the opportunity to synthesize your learning. This will not only document your growth, but also showcase your work to future employers.
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|MEd in Curriculum & Instruction|
|Courses May Include|
|MEd in Curriculum and Instruction Online|
|EDU 515||The Educator as Leader||Discover the frameworks and approaches used in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program. Explore what it means to be an educational leader in today's rapidly changing, multi-cultural education environments and investigate the many traditional and non-traditional facets of contemporary educational leadership. Examine competencies, characteristics, and practices that relate directly to student achievement and are grounded in current professional standards.|
|EDU 530||Evidence-Based Research for Education||Learn about the various types and methods of educational research. Examine the value of education focused action research in a variety of learning environments. Develop foundational knowledge and skills to read, interpret, and use data to enable professional growth and improve student learning experience.|
|EDU 545||Leadership in Teaching and Learning||Explore educational leadership concepts by focusing on the characteristics and best practices needed to define and increase success in learning. Employ multiple measures to resolve learning challenges utilizing effective communication and collaboration in ways that empower oneself and others to enhance one's role as an educational leader. Learn about legal, ethical, and professional issues existing in today's educational environments that impact effective leadership.|
|EDU 570||Curriculum Design 1: Foundations in Curriculum Design||Explore the foundations of curriculum design theories and principles used in various learning environments. Apply Understanding by Design (UbD), Differentiated Instruction (DI), and the standards of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), for designing and developing a functional and effective curriculum that matches all students' learning needs.|
|EDU 615||Curriculum Design 2: Differentiated Instruction||Implement Differentiated Instruction (DI) strategies for all students, especially as they apply to unique learners. Use multiple data points to design curriculum that can be differentiated and aligned to student, state, and national goals and standards by embedding technology, including assistive technology, in teaching and managing students. Examine DI strategies for English Language Learners, students with disabilities and learning differences, and high performing students as part of a heterogeneous learning environment.|
|EDU 645||Curriculum Design 3: Assessment for Student Learning||Explore assessment theories and practices as integral elements of curriculum and instructional design. Interpret assessment data from multiple sources and use that data to inform curricular choices. Investigate embedding technologies into curriculum to assess and interpret student learning effectiveness as part of the continuous feedback cycle.|
|EDU 655||Curriculum Design 4: Emerging Theory and Design||Investigate emerging theories of design and learning in today's increasingly complex technology-enhanced learning environments. Apply theory-based strategies for providing curriculum and instruction in traditional, alternative, virtual, and augmented learning settings.|
|EDU 683||Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction||Prepare for the Capstone by developing and focusing scholarship and artifacts for the portfolio, including a personalized educational philosophy statement. Drawing from the technology-focused, inclusion-centric themes explored throughout the program, draft an evidence-based curriculum proposal that addresses a self-identified achievement gap.|
|EDU 690||Capstone in Curriculum and Instruction||Integrate previous coursework and demonstrate the mastery of knowledge and skills developed throughout the program. Synthesize prior learning in order to develop a complete curriculum in an area of interest for utilization, along with the portfolio, in illustrating a cohesive educational philosophy and showcasing growth as an educational leader.|
|Total Credits: 36|
Tuition & Fees
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
|Online Graduate Programs||Per Course||Per Credit Hour||Annual Cost for 15 credits|
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best master's degree to get in education?
The best master’s in education is the one that works best for you. With the right degree, you'll be positioned to follow your career goals and get ahead in the changing world of education.
A good master’s in education (MEd) degree will focus on using evidence-based research to inform curriculum and instruction and help you build educational leadership skills. Strong MEd programs also address the role of technology in the classroom and give you hands-on experience designing learning programs to address the diverse needs of students.
At SNHU, there are several concentrations available for the online MEd degree, so you can advance your training in a specific area of education.
Our MEd degree concentration in Dyslexia Studies and Language-Based Learning Disabilities can prepare you to help students who struggle with reading and writing succeed in elementary, middle, high school and beyond. If you'd like to supplement your existing credentials with knowledge in this area, our Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia and Language-Based Learning Disabilities might also be a good choice.
An educational leadership master's concentration will help you develop skills that you can apply in the classroom or in administration roles.
A master's in teaching online can help you take your classroom skills virtual, teaching you strategies and technologies that can engage your students – even when you're not together.
The reading concentration for the MEd degree can prepare you for a career in reading instruction. You'll develop in-depth knowledge of literacy issues and gain insight into how to support students with reading challenges.
With a master's in special education concentration, you can explore traditional, innovative and research-based approaches to support the needs of children in inclusive classrooms.
SNHU’s MEd in Technology Integration concentration focuses on assessing and integrating technology into classroom instruction – a high-demand skill in today’s digital world.
For those seeking a college leadership role, a master's in higher education administration prepares students for the challenges and complexities associated with a career as a post-high school educator.
Which is better, an MA in Education or MEd?
It depends. Both types of online master’s in education can help advance a teaching career, but the programs do differ significantly.
Typically called a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), this master’s degree is primarily focused on advanced coursework in a particular subject and on teaching practices. If you want to work directly with students and gain specialized teaching experience, the MAT degree could be a good fit.
The MEd degree, on the other hand, is geared more toward teachers who want to not only further their career in the classroom, but also have an impact on the education system itself. While many MEd degree holders continue to work in the classroom, this degree can also help you become a leader in your school, district and even state education system.
What type of teacher gets paid the most?
Pay for teachers varies significantly and can depend on many factors, including your location, degree, grade level and school. For example, public school teachers typically earn more than private school teachers, and salaries can vary from state to state.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for public school kindergarten teachers was $58,380 in 2019.1 Private school kindergarten teachers earned $46,470 the same year.1
The median annual wage for high school teachers in public schools was $62,310 in 2019 and $56,270 in private schools.1 Post-secondary teachers, such as those teaching with a master’s degree at community colleges, earned a median annual wage of $82,850 in 2019.1
Is a master's degree in education worth it?
Only you can decide if a master's degree in education is worth it for you. That said, those who earn their MEd can go on to access new career opportunities, boost their earning potential and, perhaps most importantly, contribute to something much bigger than themselves.
Teachers who earn an MEd online are highly competitive in the job market. An MEd online can also help prepare you for higher-paying roles, such as a principal, curriculum coordinator or even corporate trainer.
The median annual wage for elementary, middle and high school principals was $96,400 in 2019.1 Instructional coordinators earned a median annual wage of $66,290, and training and development managers earned $113,350 the same year.1
Plus, as a university dedicated to empowering students through education, we understand just how important it is to train educators and education leaders.
"Education is the great enabler and equalizer, the force that allows individuals to reach their potential, to dream bigger dreams and to be more fully engaged with a much bigger world," said our own Paul LeBlanc, president at SNHU. "It is also the engine of social mobility, the avenue to better and more meaningful work and thus opportunity for one's family and community."
Does a master's in education allow you to teach?
It depends. Each state has its own certification process related to teacher licensure. While a master’s in education can give you the industry knowledge and teaching skills you need to succeed in the classroom, earning an MEd on its own will not certify you to work as a classroom teacher in most schools.
Teachers typically complete a state-approved undergraduate degree program and up to a year of student teaching before applying for state licensure. Many teachers continue to an education master’s degree program to advance their career or prepare for education leadership roles.
If you want to work in a private school or higher education institution where state licensure is not required, however, an MEd could be enough to start working in the classroom.
Can I teach online classes with a master's degree?
A master’s in education can prepare you to teach in a variety of settings, including online. If you plan to teach online classes for elementary, middle and high school students, you'll most likely still need a teaching license from your state.
More learning than ever is taking place online. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 6.9 million college students took at least one online course in 2018.3 And online learning isn’t restricted to higher education. In the 2017-18 school year about 21% of public schools and 13% of private schools offered at least one course entirely online.3
With an MEd you can build a strong foundation of education theory and gain hands-on experience to ensure you’re ready to apply this knowledge to any teaching environment, including online classes.
Note: The online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction degree program does not lead to licensure.
How much do teachers make with master's?
It depends. There are many factors that go into determining teacher salaries, but teachers with master’s degrees do typically earn more than teachers with a bachelor’s degree.
According to the National Council on Teacher Quality, in 2018 88% of the largest public school districts in the country offered an increase in pay to teachers who earned master’s degrees.4
Not taking degree level into account, the median annual salary for elementary school teachers was $59,670 in 2019 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.1 The median annual salary for high school teachers was $61,660 the same year.1 Pay increases for master's degree holders can vary significantly based on years of experience, location, grade level and subject, among other factors.
Using an MEd degree to advance into a leadership position, such as a school principal, could help you earn even more. According to the BLS, elementary, middle and high school principals earned a median wage of $96,400 in 2019.1
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
Sources & Citations (1, 2, 3, 4)
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/instructional-coordinators.htm (viewed Nov. 16, 2020)
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm (viewed Nov. 16, 2020)
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm (viewed Nov. 16, 2020)
- https://www.bls.gov/OOH/education-training-and-library/postsecondary-teachers.htm (viewed Nov. 16, 2020)
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/elementary-middle-and-high-school-principals.htm (viewed Nov. 16, 2020)
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
2 According to survey responses from over 9,200 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2019.
3 National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Facts: Distance Learning, on the internet, at:
- https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=79 (viewed Nov. 16, 2020)
- https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=80 (viewed Nov. 16, 2020)
4 National Council on Teacher Quality, How Do School Districts Compensate Teachers for Advanced Degrees?, on the internet, at: https://www.nctq.org/blog/How-do-school-districts-compensate-teachers-for-advanced-degrees (viewed Nov. 16, 2020)