Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Elementary Math and Science Education (M.Ed.) - Accelerated Online Program

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Our 100% online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Elementary Math and Science Education enhances your ability to serve the needs of elementary students. Learn advanced skills in curriculum development and implementation while becoming a content specialist in the high-demand areas of math and science. This online M.Ed. program can advance your specialized knowledge and skills for use in the classroom or in a variety of education settings.

Career opportunities for graduates range from curriculum specialist, instructional coordinator and mentor to educational consultant and policy developer.

UTRGV is a collaborative partner in the Texas Regional Collaborative in Science and Math, which promotes mentoring and professional development in science & math instruction.

  • Provide knowledge, skills, attitudes and applicable research skills in curriculum and pedagogy.
  • Develop (master) teachers to serve as teacher educators, mentors, clinical teaching faculty and peer coaches.
  • Provide experience in educational research related to effective educational practice in field-settings.

With no teaching experience required, this online M.Ed. C&I program is designed to prepare educational leaders to serve in variety of career opportunities in the classroom and beyond.

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction is an accelerated, fully online, 30-semester credit hour program. Each course consists of 7-week modules, allowing you to complete the program in as little as 10 months. With specializations in Mathematics Education and Elementary Mathematics/Science Education, the program provides advanced professional teacher education coursework in curriculum and instruction as well as pedagogical content knowledge. Those earning the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction gain in-depth knowledge of the teaching of mathematics and science as well as assessment and instructional best practices. Teachers with advanced knowledge of curriculum and instruction have the skills necessary to become leaders in their schools to promote mathematics and/or science literacy.

Admission Requirements

Students may be admitted each semester in to the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and their specializations. Prospective candidates must first meet all requirements for graduate admission to UT Rio Grande Valley, as well as the other requirements listed below:

  1. Undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 in the last 60 semester credit hours. If applicant does not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA criterion of 3.0, the applicant will be evaluated holistically using a Likert scale reflecting professional goals, GPA, professional success from resume, and success on related prior course work.
  2. A 250-500 word essay with statement of goals, including academic and professional objectives. Explain how graduate study will help you attain your goals.
  3. Resume.

Students not meeting these requirements may appeal and have their application be reviewed by the program admissions committee and, if merited, approved by the dean of the college of education.

Application for admission must be submitted prior to the published deadline. The application is available at

Program Requirements

Required Courses - 30 Hours

EDFR 6300Research Methods in Education


EDFR 6302Foundations of Learning, Cognition and Human Development


EDCI 6304Assessment of Learning


EDCI 6342Models and Methods in Science Education


EDCI 6348Mathematics and Science Education Project


EDCI 6351Teaching Mathematics for Understanding


EDFR 6388Introduction to Historical and Sociocultural Foundations of Education


EDCI 7334Curriculum Problems and Processes


EDCI 7353Teaching and Learning Algebraic Concepts


EDCI 7354Teaching and Learning Geometric Concepts


Capstone Requirement


Total Credit Hours: 30