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Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed.

36 Credits  |   Online

Licensed teachers can pursue an advanced degree with concentrations in social justice, literacy and reading education, education policy and leadership, and coaching and supervision.

Trinity’s fully online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.) is designed for educators and education professionals who are passionate about transforming schools, school systems, and education programs. This degree prepares education personnel for leadership roles that include increased responsibilities in research, instructional design, and program evaluation.

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is a 36-credit hour online program. Students have the opportunity to focus their program of study by choosing one of three concentrations: Education Policy and Leadership, Literacy and Reading, Social Justice. Students in all concentrations participate in an individualized capstone research project through which they can apply the knowledge and skills learned throughout their coursework.

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Social Justice

Earn an advanced degree in education with a focus in social justice.

Serve as an advocate for students in Kindergarten-12 education, particularly in urban environments. Learn how to improve the quality of education for all students with an interdisciplinary perspective, while addressing social inequalities within educational systems associated with gender, ethnicity, social class, and varying abilities.

Designed for:

  • K-12 Teacher
  • Early Childhood Center Director
  • Educators for Libraries, Museums, Parks and Recreation
  • Business, Industry, and Non-Profit Education Trainer

Literacy and Reading Education

Earn an advanced degree in education with a focus in literacy and reading education.

For certified classroom teachers to pursue advanced study in the teaching of reading. Extend your learning in literacy through coursework on developing lessons, designing interventions, and assessing student needs focused on reading.

Designed for:

  • K-12 Teacher
  • Literacy Coach
  • Literacy Program Director

Education Policy and Leadership

Earn an advanced degree in education with a focus in education policy and leadership.

Prepare for leadership in schools or organizations (such as school districts, federal and state agencies, and non-profits). Gain the knowledge and skills needed to critique current standards and use data analysis and evidence to implement education policies and programs to support teachers and impact the future of education.

Trinity also offers a post-graduate certificate in Education Policy – and all credits can be transferred towards the M.Ed.!

Designed for:

  • School System Administration
  • Principals of Charter, Private, and Parochial Schools
  • Educational Nonprofit Leadership
  • Director of Education Policy
  • Education Policy Analyst

Education Policy

Master’s Degree
Education Administration

Master’s Degree
Elementary Education

Applying to the Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. Program

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Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction Admissions Requirements: School of Education

Applying to the School of Education (EDU) is a 6- step process:

  • Step One: Apply to Trinity
  • Step Two: Submit Two (2) Professional References
  • Step Three: Submit Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Step Four: Statement of Purpose
  • Step Five: Submit Official Transcript w/ Conferred Bachelor’s Degree Date.  International Transcripts must be evaluated prior to submission
  • Step Six: Once your application is submitted, use your log-in credentials to check your status

Admissions Criteria:

  • Priority Admission Given to applicants with a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Applicants must note this degree program is designed for educators and education professionals seeking leadership roles that include increased responsibilities in research, instructional design, and program evaluation.
  • Students must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended at the undergraduate and graduate level. Transcripts submitted directly from an applicant are considered unofficial unless received in the original, unopened envelope from the issuing institution.
  • The first professional reference should be in support of the application testifying to the applicant’s aptitude for graduate education and potential for professional growth and development. The second reference should be written by supervisory personnel such as a principal or department chair.
  • For the admissions team to become better acquainted with you, please submit a one to two-page personal statement. In a self-appraisal, identify your strengths and how you believe they will serve as an asset to the academic program of your choosing. Additionally, identify and address any areas of weakness that you hope to strengthen throughout your course of study. Finally, discuss what personal characteristics set you apart from others and will help you achieve success as you pursue your academic and professional goals.
  • Students may transfer up to six (6) graduate credits from other appropriately accredited institutions of higher learning toward the degree with approval from their faculty advisor. Associations recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEA) confer appropriate accreditation; these associations include but are not limited to regional accreditors.
  •  Graduate applicants in the Education programs who do not meet the standard admission requirements but who demonstrate potential may be admitted on a provisional basis and may take up to six (6) credits of graduate course work during their first semester to demonstrate academic preparedness for graduate level studies. A minimum grade of “B” or higher must be earned and official transcripts for course work must be submitted for evaluation in order to be considered for full admission into the Education graduate programs.
  • International Students must adhere to International Student Checklist:
  • Military Students & Family members must complete Veterans Benefits Checklist: (