2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Mar 07, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Curriculum and Instruction MEd

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College: Community Innovation and Education Degree: MEd
Department: Learning Sciences and Educational Research
Program Websitehttps://ccie.ucf.edu/lser/curriculum-and-instruction/
Graduate Program Handbook

Program Description

****This program has temporarily suspended admissions effective Summer 2021***
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.

The Curriculum and Instruction program addresses teacher empowerment and leadership in the expanded roles and responsibilities of teachers in schools, including data-driven assessment for school improvement, professional learning communities, applying research to practice, improving instruction and student learning outcomes, and collaboration with families and communities.

During the admission process, students may select a track in the following content areas that do not require specific certification beyond the professional teaching certificate: Curriculum Leadership, Educational Technology, Gifted Education*, and Global, International and Comparative Education*, Intervention Specialist, and Supporting High Needs Populations.

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

*These program areas also include a certificate, which must be applied for separately.


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.

*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 15 Jul 1 Dec 1 Apr 1
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 Jul 1 Nov 1
*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.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Mike Hynes PhD
Telephone: 407-823-2005
ED 209D

Graduate Admissions

Christina Dabrowski
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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