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Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction

The WSU College of Education offers two master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction on the Spokane campus. If you seek K-12 Teacher Certification as part of your graduate program, you must pursue the MIT. There is considerable flexibility to tailor a program of study to your individual educational and professional goals. Your unique program of study is developed in collaboration with your adviser and master’s degree committee.

Students may combine the Ed.M. in Curriculum and Instruction degree program with WSU endorsements offered in Spokane (Reading, Middle Level Math) or with online endorsement programs (English Language Learner (ELL), Special Education, ProTEACH) available through WSU Global Campus.

Master of Education Degree (Ed.M.)

The Master of Education (Ed.M.) degree is designed for students wishing to extend their knowledge and skills in education, expand their content knowledge, and/or pursue leadership roles in schools and organizations/agencies. The Ed.M. degree program consists of a minimum of 35 credits, 33 of which must be graded course work.  A minimum of one, three-credit research course must be included in the 33 graded credits. A minimum of two credits of T&L 702 are required and usually involve research/scholarship activities associated with the special project and final oral examination.

Master of Arts Degree (M.A.)

The Master of Arts (MA) degree is designed for students who desire to study and explore educational research. The MA degree is well suited for those students wishing to eventually pursue a doctoral degree or a research/leadership role in schools or organizations/agencies. The MA degree program consists of a minimum of 30 semester credit hours, 21 of which must be graded course work. Three research courses, three credits each, are a component of the 21 graded credits. Nine additional credits of T&L 700 (independent research work) are required and usually involve research/scholarship activities associated with the thesis and final oral examination.  The application process for the MA degree requires an interview to explore research interests with program faculty.

Alignment with Endorsement Programs

WSU Spokane’s Curriculum & Instruction master’s degree programs may be combined with teaching endorsements in English Language Learners, Middle Level Mathematics, or Reading.  Gradate courses for these endorsement programs may be applied to the master’s degree program of study.  Please note that adding an endorsement to your master’s degree program of study requires additional application materials. Contact Kelly LaGrutta ( for information about starting teaching endorsement programs.

Application Process

Please note that application is a multi-step process and often takes four to six weeks to complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Steps to application:

  • Apply online to the WSU Graduate School for acceptance to the university.
  • Submit supplemental materials to the department for acceptance into the degree program.

Application deadlines:

  • November 1, last day to apply for spring semester (January start).
  • March 15, last day to apply for summer semester (May start)
  • June 15, last day to apply for fall semester (August start)

For application instructions, please refer to the Checklist and Instructions for Admission Requirements provided with the application packet.