Curriculum and Instruction (MA)


Please Note:

Programs in the Department of Education are not admitting new students.
Students currently enrolled in the program will be allowed to complete the
program requirements as defined by each student's plan of work.


Pursuing a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction will help you to envision, create and implement effective, high-achieving and equitable education in our fast-paced and ever-evolving world.

University of Detroit Mercy offers two graduate programs in this field to fit where you are in your career:

  • Experienced educators (e.g., K-12/higher education/adult education leaders) who seek to lead renewal initiatives in school settings and/or community-based organizations.
  • Educators seeking initial teacher certification that positions them to be educator leaders.

Both programs model a hybrid course teaching methodology so that you experience the power of integrating face-to-face and technology supported learning to engage the learner.

To learn more about our program for educators seeking initial certification, please visit the page for our Master of Arts with a Major in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in teaching certification program.

If you are an experienced educator, please continue reading on this page for our Master of Arts with a major in curriculum and instruction.

Master of Arts with a Major in Curriculum and Instruction

Designed for the experienced educator, the course of study for the Master of Arts with a major in Curriculum and Instruction for experienced educators provides the conceptual, technical and decision-making skills needed to be a master educator and leader in school renewal.

As you pursue this degree program, you can use coursework to address school, program, classroom issues and challenges as a classroom teacher and school leader. Course projects provide practical opportunities to apply classic and emerging educational theories and strategies for achieving expected learner outcomes. Courses can be used to prepare for application to the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) for national teaching certification. See your program advisor for current requirements.

Special interests can be pursued within the program. These may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Adult Learner
  • Collaboration for Inclusionary Education
  • Department and School Leadership
  • Multicultural and Diversity Curriculum
  • Staff Professional Development
  • Standards-Based Curriculum
  • Success for All Students
  • Teacher Mentor
  • Technology Integration

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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants must qualify for graduate study, have a 3.0 GPA, a state teaching certificate or a background in education and experience satisfactory to the department. Program applicants must give evidence of their ability to pursue this program of study as well as to apply learning principles in their chosen specialty area and submit three letters of recommendation as verification of educational achievements.


    Degree Requirements

    Eighteen of the 30 credit hours develop core competencies for ethical and skilled decision-making toward effective teaching and learning. The core courses are:

    • EDU 5000 Methods of Educational Research (3 credits)
    • EDU 5160 Elementary Curriculum Construction (3 credits) or EDU 5170 Secondary Curriculum Construction (3 credits)
    • EDU 5250 Educational Policy Studies (3 credits)
    • EDU 5960 Program Planning, Evaluation, Development and Implementation (3 credits)
    • EDU 6090 Advanced Seminar in Curriculum Planning and Administration (3 credits)
    • EDU 6200 Supervision of Instruction (3 credits)
    • Special interest electives are chosen in consultation with an advisor. (9 credits)
    • Master's-Degree Level Research* (3-6 credits)

    *Master's-degree-level research, in consultation with your advisor, is conducted and written as a culminating project in EDU 5510 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction, three credits. Students may elect to take EDU 6980 Field Research Project, three to six credits, or EDU 5990 Master's Thesis, six credits, to fulfill this requirement with the permission of the program director. Research requirements must be successfully demonstrated with a graduate passing grade.

    Core competency courses are continuously adjusted to meet the rapidly changing demands of effective education. You need to work closely with your program advisor to determine current requirements and possible course offerings which fulfill this degree program.

Program Contact Information

Department Chair: Alan Grigg, Ed.D.

Reno Hall, Room 243
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-1475
Fax: 313-578-0507