Focus Your MEd in Curriculum & Instruction Program on Educational Leadership
Gain an in-depth perspective on teaching, learning and educational leadership with the online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Education Leadership at Southern New Hampshire University.
Pairing the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with the education leadership concentration helps you acquire leadership skills that you can apply in the classroom or in administration roles. Students also learn about innovative, student-centered curriculum development and instruction models.
Whether you're new to teaching or a seasoned education professional, a master's degree in education can open doors for promotions, increased job security or both. An advanced degree in this field lends weight to your resume and enhances your competitive edge in the workforce. Teaching certification requirements may vary by state.
See Yourself Succeed in Education Leadership
The educational leadership-focused MEd in Curriculum and Instruction prepares you to make a significant impact on student achievement and allows you to gain unique, practical experience that can help you advance in your career.
This degree is ideal for licensed teachers seeking an additional endorsement. The program does not lead to initial licensure. If you're interested in obtaining state certification, check with your state’s Department of Education to ensure New Hampshire certification is recognized in your home state.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your MEd in Curriculum and Instruction online at SNHU include:
- Affordability. Take advantage of some of the most affordable tuition rates in the nation.
- Convenience. Attend class when it's convenient for you - online education means 24/7 access.
- Efficiency and flexibility. Complete your graduate degree in as few as 15 months, with two courses per 10-week term.
- Expert instruction. Learn from instructors with relevant, real-world experience
- Minimal requirements. No GMAT or GRE required for admission.
- Networking. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni for tips and career opportunities.
- Student support. Count on the ongoing support of dedicated academic and career advisors specialized in your area of study.
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.
The current movement to improve the U.S. education system means increased job prospects for administrative leaders who understand the need for higher-performing students and schools. A Master's in Education can open you up to a number of these careers.
Excelling and growing in your career as an educational administrator requires a mix of classroom experience, focus, passion, drive and, of course, education. Once you have a position, the educational theory and classroom skills you'll master as part of your degree can help you achieve better results and increase your value as a professional. Employment opportunities in educational leadership are expected to increase 8% through 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.*
Please note: Administrative leaders in public schools may be required to have an education administrator license.
The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction program with a concentration in educational leadership is designed for certified teachers or select K-12 professionals who are leading in the area of curriculum and instruction. The program includes 11 courses, three of which are leadership-focused courses.
|View Full Curriculum in the Catalog|
|MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Educational Leadership|
|Courses May Include|
|MEd Educational Leadership|
|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 612||Educational Law and Ethics||Examine the roles of law and ethics in education and their relationship to becoming effective educational leaders. Investigate ethical decision-making, aligning with laws and standards, that is critical for any educator to practice. Utilize case studies and theory to explore topics such as equality versus equity, privacy versus safety, and responsibility versus accountability.|
|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 617||Building Community Through Education||Explore the tools, resources, and knowledge educational leaders must utilize in order to sustain a quality educational program as well as be the drivers of positive change within communities. Examine educational leaders' responsibilities to and decisions surrounding key community stakeholders such as students, instructors, parents/guardians, advisory boards, and local businesses.|
|EDU 619||Leading Educational Organizations||Study and reflect on the different approaches to leading educational organizations and the decision-making process inherent in leadership roles. Success in the dispositional qualities of leadership comes with the knowledge and skills of managing people, data, and processes that promote growth for all stakeholders. Examine leadership qualities, finance and budgeting, resource management, strategic planning, and personnel management.|
|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)
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.