Curriculum and Instruction with a Content Specialization in English (M.Ed.) - Accelerated Online Program

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Our 100% online, accelerated Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Content Specialization in English provides the skill set needed to become an English language instructional leader to serve a diverse population in classroom and other settings. It enhances your ability to serve the needs of high school and community college students. Learn advanced skills in curriculum development and implementation while becoming a content specialist in the high-demand areas of English writing and language studies. This online M.Ed. program can advance your specialized knowledge and skills for use in the classroom or in a variety of educational settings.

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program 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 content specializations in English, the program provides advanced professional teacher education coursework in curriculum and instruction as well as pedagogical content knowledge in rhetoric and composition, dual enrollment writing instruction, language studies, and literature. Those earning the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction gain in-depth knowledge of English language, the teaching of English 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 and school districts to promote English language education. 

Career Options

Graduates of the MED in C&I with a Concentration in English program may seek positions as instructional coordinators, curriculum leaders, instructional coaches, language education mentors, educational consultants, language specialists, and similar positions in school districts. The MED in C&I provides 15 credit hours in English. Graduates of the program who are seeking opportunities to teach dual credit courses in the high school setting will need one additional three hour English course beyond the master’s degree. Qualifications and eligibility for dual credit teaching are determined by school districts and their partner institution of Higher Education and not by UTRGV. Graduates should consult with their ISD before enrolling in additional course work after earning the master’s degree. To enroll in additional courses after earning the master’s degree, graduates will need to apply to the UTRGV Graduate College as a non-degree seeking student. Financial aid restrictions for non-degree students will apply.

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 at least 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 - 15 Hours

EDCI 6304Assessment of Learning


EDCI 7334Curriculum Problems and Processes


EDFR 6300Research Methods in Education


EDFR 6302Foundations of Learning, Cognition and Human Development


EDFR 6388Introduction to Historical and Sociocultural Foundations of Education


English Specialization - 15 Hours

ENGL 6322Theory in Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy


ENGL 6325Studies in Composition Techniques


ENGL 6328Special Topics in Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy Studies


ENGL 6329Assessing & Responding to Student Writing


ENGL 6355Literature for Secondary School Teachers


ENGL 6360Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics for Teachers


ENGL 6375Studies in Language and Culture


Capstone Requirement


Total Credit Hours: 30