Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed (Elementary Education)

Master of Arts in Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Elementary Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 36
  • $315.00
  • $444.00

Program Overview

The online Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed), with an emphasis in Elementary Education program is designed to prepare you with best-practice knowledge to develop and assess curricula to maximize student learning in the K-6 classroom.

Through coursework, students gain: 

  • Knowledge and skill in the design, development and evaluation of school curriculum. 
  • Greater expertise in the area of elementary education in the K-6 setting. 
  • Credentials for career advancement. 

More about the Curriculum and Instruction, MA Ed Program:

The Curriculum and Instruction program is designed to provide educators with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skill in the design, development and evaluation of school curriculum. The program requires four core courses covering areas of research, democracy, diversity and technology in accordance with the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. 

Course options are available for students who already have a teaching permit as well as those seeking to qualify for a transitional teaching permit through the Curriculum and Instruction program. 

The Curriculum and Instruction, MA Ed program offers the following specializations: 

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Instructional Effectiveness
  • Montessori Early Childhood
  • Montessori - Elementary I
  • Reading/Special Education
  • School Librarian
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Secondary Education
  • Transitional Certification

Career Outlook: Curriculum specialists support teachers by providing foundation materials for courses and giving constructive feedback on how teachers are implementing those materials. Sometimes they are called instructional coordinators. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 11% between 2016 and 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As states and school districts put greater emphasis on student achievement data, schools may increasingly turn to instructional coordinators to develop better curriculums and improve teachers' effectiveness.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  4. A professional biography

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Program of study includes 12 credit hours electives; available course examples listed.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Jane Strawhecker, Ph.D.
Assistant Department Chair, Professor

Jane Strawhecker has taught elementary education for more than 10 years and is passionate about teaching the next generation of teachers. She has received the Pratt-Heins Foundation Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching and received recognition from the Disability Services Office.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 11
  • Spring SemesterNov 11
  • Summer SessionsApr 11