Curriculum and Instruction MEd

College : Education and Human Performance Degree :MED
Department : School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership Option : Nonthesis
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The Master of Education (MEd) program in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for professionally certified and experienced educators who want to extend their influence beyond the walls of the classroom and improve their knowledge and skills in the area of leadership. Students also engage in the development of expertise in leading other educators in curriculum and instructional improvement across subject areas and grade levels. 

This degree does not prepare students for initial, administrative, or supervisory certification. 

This graduate program partners with the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. If you are a returning Peace Corps volunteer, see Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows for more information about attending graduate school at UCF.


The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program requires a minimum of 33 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree; minimum credit hour requirements vary by track. Students from all tracks must complete the required 15 credit hours of core courses. The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction requires that all students complete a Capstone Research Project.  The Capstone is a course-based action research study (i.e., application and analysis of the effectiveness of research-based best practices in the classroom). Additional course requirements vary by track. 
Total Credit Hours Required:
33-36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

This section describes the elements of the curriculum that are in common for all of the tracks.

Required Courses

Core—15 Credit Hours

All students must take the Curriculum and Instruction core, regardless of their chosen specialization.

  • EDG 6935 Introductory Seminar in Teacher Leadership* (3 credit hours)
  • EDG 6223 Curriculum Theory, Organization and Policy (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6472 Data-driven Decision Making for Instruction** (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6233 Introduction to Action Research and Analysis of Classroom Practice** (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6635 Capstone: Action Research in Teacher Leadership (3 credit hours) 

*Must be taken in first semester of program.

**Prerequisites for the Capstone course. 

Students complete a Capstone Research Project at the end of the program. EDF 6635 is offered in spring semester only. Students must complete an Intent to Graduate Form the semester prior to enrolling in EDF 6635. 

Independent Learning

The MEd requires a course-based action research study and completion of a capstone experience.  

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Applicants must choose a track in this program. Track(s) may have different requirements.

Application Deadlines

Curriculum and Instruction MEd *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1Apr 15
International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1Nov 1
International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1Dec 15
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.