The MA in Curriculum and Instruction offers a variety of concentrations to meet your needs. Mathematics Education, Elementary Math and Science, and Reading and Writing concentrations are offered entirely online. These programs are designed for working teachers, who want to advance their knowledge, become teacher leaders, or curriculum experts in their districts. The MA in Curriculum and Instruction incorporates insightful research, quality pedagogy, and a global perspective needed to work with diverse populations. 

Students in the program will benefit from working with faculty who have experience in education and who have implemented innovative solutions both nationally and globally.


Program Details

The School of Education and Human Development is the largest graduate school of education in Colorado and has extensive partnership with schools in the Denver area. Students interested in the MA in Curriculum and Instruction can tailor their degree with a concentration. You can learn about all the possible concentrations by reviewing the School of Education and Human Development Academic Program's website.

For students interested in online education, you can choose from the following concentrations: 


Mathematics Education

Effective, knowledgeable and technology-savvy math teachers are in great demand right now. If you are a licensed teacher, who wants to be actively engaged in the exciting endeavors of understanding and improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, then you've come to the right place!

Our program draws students with strong academic capabilities and broad professional experiences. Your course work will include Curriculum Development and School Improvement, Assessment in Mathematics Education, Curriculum in Mathematics and other relevant courses related to teaching and learning mathematics.

Learn more about the Mathematics concentration

Elementary Math and Science 

At CU Denver, we recognize the urgent need for outstanding math and science teachers in this country. And, we're all about preparing the finest! If you're a licensed practicing teacher with a passion for scientific discovery, our interactive math and science education classes will prepare you for a purposeful career.

Learn more about the Elementary Math and Science Concentration

Reading and Writing, K12

This 30-hour master's degree program, leading to a master's in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading and Writing, offers two options. The first option allows you to develop a 15-hour concentration in reading and writing and then personalize the other half of your program by carefully selecting elective courses with the guidance of your faculty advisor to fit your career goals. This option does not lead to the State of Colorado Reading Teacher endorsement.

The second option prepares you to specialize in reading and writing and to add the Reading Teacher endorsement​ with the Colorado Department of Education to your teaching license. 

Both program options provide educators with advanced knowledge and training to work with diverse student populations as they develop reading, writing and oral language skills. Course work includes language and literacy acquisition, culturally relevant teaching practices, literature, literacy assessment and informed instruction, hands-on practica, and other areas. 

Learn More about the Reading and Writing Concentration, K12

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to campus! 

Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in. Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. For more information or to view exact rates, please visit the Bursar's website.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

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The program is designed for working educators. Therefore, time to completion will vary. It is recommended that working educators take no more than one course per semester during the school year.


Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first time student, a transfer student, or an international student. 

Learn more about the admissions process by visiting the CU Denver admissions website and start your application today!

Career Outlook

Graduates of the MA in Curriculum and Instruction go on to a variety of careers. 

  • Classroom teacher with enhanced credentials and skills
  • Reading or math specialist
  • Literacy and/or instructional coach
  • Curriculum developers
  • School administrators


Courses at CU Denver are offered three times a year - fall, spring, and summer. Not all courses are available every semester. For most programs, courses last 15 weeks, plus one week for finals. This is a big commitment, but we believe the extra time you spend dedicated to your studies pays off! 

View the CU Denver academic calendar.

View the academic catalog for course information.

Related Programs

The School of Education and Human Development offer a number of certificate programs. To learn more about these options, visit the School of Education and Human Development certificate website.



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