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The Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for licensed teachers. The program is individualized to meet teachers’ personal professional goals. In Reflective Teaching, teachers define their goals and assess their current level of competence. In addition, the program is aligned with the National Board Certification. Requirements for the degree include a minimum of 36 hours and culminate in a lab digital portfolio. Students must satisfy graduation requirements stated in the Academic Regulations section of the Graduate Bulletin and programs found in the College of Education section. The university reserves the right to modify policies and programs of study by supplying students with written notices of changes.




Degree in Hand

You’ll need to have earned your bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Hold, or be qualified to hold, a valid teaching license.



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Apply to the UA Little Rock Graduate School.

Once accepted to UA Little Rock, specialized advisors within the School of Education will help you get registered for classes.


The Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to help licensed teachers to meet their professional goals. The program is aligned with the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and requires a minimum of 36 hours of coursework.

Admission Requirements

Graduate School Admission

  • Apply for admission to the UA Little Rock Graduate School.
  • $40 non-refundable application fee paid via the link in the initial application email or by contacting the Cashier’s Office.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges and universities (undergraduate and graduate).
    • International students must have their transcripts articulated. Transcripts that have not been articulated can be submitted for the application process; however, if a student is granted admission, WES-articulated transcripts must be submitted to the Graduate School before he or she can register for classes.
  • Proof of 2 MMR vaccines. Contact your program coordinator if you think you are eligible for a waiver. Students only in the UA Little Rock Online programs are exempt.
  • Proof of a grade point average of at least 2.7 on a 4.00 scale, including post-baccalaureate hours.
  • A copy of your government-issued photo ID.

International Student Admission

Required documents for international admission:

  • Tuberculosis screening
    • All applicants must provide proof of a Tuberculosis screening, which must be performed in the United States of America and can be done at the Health Services Center at UA Little Rock.
  • Health and accident insurance
    • All international students must purchase the health and accident insurance provided by UA Little Rock and maintain coverage year-round. Students will be billed at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. A student who enters in a summer semester will be billed for that semester as well, making the total number of times billed three instead of two. If you have any questions, please contact Health Services at 501-569-3188.
  • Transfer forms
    • Applicants transferring from another institution within the United States of America must also provide a Transfer and Visa form completed by the applicant’s International Student Services advisor from his or her current institution.
  • Financial statement (students with F and J visas only)
    • Before they can be accepted into the Graduate School, students must provide a financial statement showing that they are financially capable of pursuing a graduate education in the United States of America. For more information on this form, please contact the office of International Student Services at 501-916-5815.
  • All applicants must submit a copy of their visa.

Program Admission

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale), OR
    • Grade point average of 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses, OR
    • Grade point average of 3.0 in the content major, OR
    • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0
  • Hold or be qualified to hold a valid teaching license
Conditional Admission
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution; a cumulative undergraduate GPA of no lower than 2.5; and a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of at least 144 on the Verbal Scale, 141 on the Quantitative Scale, and 3.5 on the Analytical Writing Scale, OR
    • Completion of at least 12 semester hours of graduate coursework in another UA Little Rock graduate program or graduate program from another regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and no grade lower than a B.

Retention Requirements

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction requires a minimum of 36 hours including:

  • 12 hours in professional education courses,
  • 12 hours in an approved concentration area, and
  • A minimum of 9 hours in competency courses.

In addition to these courses, students are expected to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all courses within the program.

Graduation Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in an approved program of study
  • Complete of at least 36 hours as specified by the program of study
  • Complete action research project supervised by a committee of three members consisting of the education advisor and two additional faculty members
  • Complete electronic portfolio and portfolio presentation


Professional Education Courses (12 credits)

  • TCED 7303 Reflective Teaching
  • EDFN 7303 Introduction to Educational Research (or approved discipline-based educational research course)
  • SCED 7304 Action Research Project or a reasonable substitute
  • TCED 7301 Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Practice

Competence Courses (12 credits)

Students and the Learning Competency Courses (3 credits)
  • EDFN 7313 Learning Theories and Instructional Applications
  • EDFN 7330 Human Development
Managing and Monitoring Student Learning Courses (6 credits)
  • EDFN 7370 Educational Assessment
  • TCED 7350 Integrating Technology in PK-12 Education
Mastery of Content and Content Pedagogy
  • See concentration courses

Concentration Courses (12 credits)

Candidates are required to complete a concentration of at least 12 hours in a content area, an area of education, or in an approved interdisciplinary area.

Course Descriptions

EDFN 7303 Introduction to Educational Research
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Introduction to applied research in education across the major quantitative, qualitative, and action research traditions. Focus is on understanding the research process and its integrated components and evaluating published research reports from the perspective of a critical consumer. Topics include scientific reasoning, types of variables and hypotheses; sampling; data collection and instrumentation; control procedures; common experimental, non-experimental, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs; data analysis; and research critiques and proposals. Three credit hours.

EDFN 7313 Learning Theories and Instructional Applications
Major theories of human learning and psychological principles of learning for instruction, including systematic instructional design and models of effective instruction; contemporary issues with implications for practice. Three credit hours.

EDFN 7330 Human Development
Prerequisite: graduate standing. A lifespan perspective that addresses cognitive, physical, social and emotional development from birth through late adulthood. Special emphasis on developmental factors that affect schooling (P-12). Three credit hours.

EDFN 7370 Educational Assessment
Assessment, evaluation; role of measurement in education and human service agencies; psychometric properties of norm- referenced and criterion-referenced tests; construction of test items with specialized considerations for atypical populations such as young children, culturally different, and those with exceptionalities; use and interpretation of standardized tests in educational settings. Three credit hours.

TCED 7301 Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Practice
The course focuses on understanding curriculum concepts. It examines the philosophical basis, pedagogical practices, and theories of curriculum. It explores the relationships between curriculum, teachers, learners, instruction, and policy. Candidates analyze their own positions and practices and consider reasons for modifying them based on the learned knowledge and understanding of curriculum. Three credit hours.

TCED 7303 Reflective Teaching
For certified secondary teachers in the advanced track M.Ed. Students learn to use tools of reflective teaching to assess their own level of competence and to design learning experiences to improve their own classroom teaching. Students will analyze various national models for assessment of master teachers and will examine recent research in education which should affect classroom practice. With the guidance of the instructor they will demonstrate their current level of competence in a portfolio and will select a committee to develop an individualized degree plan. Three credit hours.

TCED 7350 Integrating Technology in PK-12 Education
Students use the basic concepts of curriculum development and cultural diversity to design lessons, select techniques and utilize teaching materials to integrate technology into their curriculum to meet the needs of students at different developmental stages as well as content areas. Three credit hours.


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