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Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching Online

Complete Coursework: in as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 36 Tuition: $13,392


The Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching online program prepares students to articulate and apply educational theory and research to improve teaching skills and student performance, or to advance into school leadership.

Benefit from a strong reputation for providing education degrees at Fitchburg State that dates back more than a century. This 100% online program develops student-centered teachers and offers the ability to immediately apply new concepts in the classroom. Curriculum is delivered in an accelerated online format to help meet the needs of working teachers. Though designed for active educators, the curriculum is also applicable to other instructional environments, and no teaching license is required to enter the program.


Creating students who are thinkers, not just learners

Graduates of the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching online program will be prepared to:

  • Reflect on current educational issues and practices
  • Examine and evaluate research and engage in the research process
  • Apply advanced knowledge, educational theory and research in the design and implementation of appropriate educational curricula, practices and environments
  • Apply knowledge of how students develop as thinkers and learners
  • Apply advanced knowledge of emerging, research-based, educational principles in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the educational environment and instructional programs
  • Demonstrate awareness of the impact of societal issues on the curriculum as they relate to meeting the diverse needs of individuals
  • Demonstrate an understanding of educational partnership models which effectively focus on family strengths, circumstances and cultural experiences
  • Demonstrate effective strategies and techniques for working with diverse individuals in inclusive learning environments
  • Examine the shared values, ethics, purposes and commitments that bond the educational community (e.g. teachers, families, administrators, specialists, etc.)
  • Demonstrate a disposition of collegiality, respect and support that fosters future improvement of education through research and reflection


In order to earn the Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching online, students must complete 12 courses (36 credit hours), including a capstone course. All courses are seven weeks in length.

To see the full list of Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching courses online, review courses.


Applicants for the Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching online degree program must submit official transcripts from all previous institutions attended (which must be regionally accredited), reflecting a minimum GPA of at least 2.8, along with a professional resume and an essay no more than one page in length. No GRE, MTEL or other teaching license is required to enter the program.

To learn more about our Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching online admission requirements, review admissions.


Tuition for the Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching online degree program is $13,392. All fees are included in the total cost. Tuition is the same affordable cost for students living inside or outside Massachusetts and can be paid by the course. There is a $50 application fee.

To learn more about our Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching online tuition, review tuition.


With six start dates each year, the Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching online degree program is convenient and accessible. After selecting the desired start date, students should review deadlines for completing an application, turning in all required documentation and fees, and registering for classes and paying tuition.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching online, review calendar.

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For the Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching online, the curriculum is comprised of 12 courses covering 36 redit hours. Students must take the following courses:

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Students must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Constitutional and statutory provisions governing a public school system are examined on local, state and national levels. A thorough review is made of the legal parameters surrounding the local level of the educational system. In addition, students inspect federal and state guidelines generated to meet the needs of diverse student populations in compliance with current judicial decisions and state legislation. The impact of precedent-setting cases is a major focus of this course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Through case studies, applied practice, and research-based practices, students investigate data sources for possible application in administrative decision-making to improve teacher effectiveness and student learning, as well as for school improvement. Methods for analyzing and interpreting federal, state, district and school-based data are covered with additional consideration of data credibility, relevance, reliability, and usability. Establishing a data culture, investing in an information management system, selecting the right data, and analyzing and acting on data to improve performance is emphasized. This course has embedded experiential (field-based) learning components.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the reading and writing processes as it pertains to the teaching and learning of knowledge and skills within content disciplines. It includes an exploration of the relationships among reading, writing, critical thinking and learning; discussion and designing of current assessment tools, including portfolio; and analysis of, development of, and implementation of reading and writing strategies and procedures which develop student capacity for using reading and writing to think critically and to learn and understand content. This course involves embedded experiential (field-based) learning components.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Best practices in classroom management that support positive student behavior are addressed. The course presents strategies such as organizing time, materials, and space as well as activators, summarizers and transitions for smooth classroom operation and effective instruction. Students will be prepared to understand underlying causes of challenging behaviors and consider appropriate interventions. Federal and state laws as they pertain to the legal procedures for all teachers, including teachers of students with disabilities and ELL students, will be presented. This course involves embedded experiential (field-based) components.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will introduce participants to expanding the walls of the traditional classroom with the technology currently available to interact with students. Course participants will be introduced to the tools to supplement the traditional classroom setting and help engage students by using new and exciting formats that meet expectations and learning styles. Topics covered will include: enhancing presentations, creating content with the latest technologies and tools, continuing discussions outside of the classroom, managing the class outside the classroom, virtual classroom settings and the world of online learning.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed so that teachers will become knowledgeable about the theory and practice of standards-based curriculum and formative and summative assessment practices.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will address the important role of classroom-based, formative and summative assessment to maximize student progress. Students will build upon previous coursework to align instruction with state and national standards and develop appropriate assessments. They will learn how to use a variety of informal and formal methods of assessment to measure student learning, growth, and understanding, develop differentiated and enhanced learning experiences, and improve future instruction. Students will analyze data from assessments, draw conclusions, and share them appropriately with parents and other professionals as appropriate. Professional behavior and ethics in the assessment process will be stressed. This course involves imbedded experiential (field-based) components.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course brings together students to analyze key issues facing educators today. Focal points will include curricular and instructional decisions, legislative mandates, diversity and special education. Personal biases will be examined.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on past and current qualitative and quantitative research practices in education. Theories, research and implications for instructional practice are emphasized. Students learn how to be educated consumers of research, how to use of data tools such as Excel, and they examine the development of classroom school-based action research, and various methodologies associated with educational research. Students also develop an understanding of longitudinal studies, sampling procedures, and research bias evaluating competing approaches.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students review literature on best practices and implement a project that assesses impact of an intervention on student learning.

Prerequisite: A course in educational research

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will address instructional strategies that reflect high expectations, engagement of students with diverse learning styles, needs, interests, and levels of readiness with a focus on content area instruction. Students learn to create safe and collaborative learning environments that respect student differences and back grounds. They learn to develop differentiated lessons in collaboration with colleagues. Lessons are designed following instructional practices that reflect high expectations regarding content and quality of effort. This course involves embedded experiential (field-based) learning components.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students study theory and practice skills related to communication processes, as well as effective consultation and collaboration strategies for working with school personnel, families, human service agencies and key special education stakeholders. This course focuses on emerging issues related to student assistance, inclusion, communicating with diverse families, IEP development, and implementation and monitoring and transition planning/post-secondary life. Strategies for welcoming, engaging in culturally proficient communication, and working collaboratively with diverse families are emphasized. Students learn how to evaluate their collaboration and consultation skills, target collaboration opportunities and maintain themselves as ethical and reliable consultants/collaborators in a variety of school, community and agency situations.

Course rotation:

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It's time to begin! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching online program, along with information on required documentation.

Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching Online Requirements

  • Pay $50 application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended*
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8 in prior coursework (a letter of recommendation is required for students with a GPA below 2.8)
  • No GRE, MTEL or other teaching license is required to enter the program.
  • Professional resume
  • Essay (no more than one page in length) on one of the following topics:
    1. Tell us about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person's life.
    2. What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
    3. Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping mode.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Fitchburg State University
Admissions Office
160 Pearl Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420

International Students:

  • TOEFL or IELTS scores required for natives of non-English speaking countries
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended*
  • General Foreign Credit Evaluation
  • GPA of not less than 2.5
  • Application fee ($50)
  • Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose (300 word minimum)

*All foreign transcripts must be formally evaluated before we are able to make an admissions decision. Graduate applicants are required to submit a "general" evaluation. Following are suggested organizations which provide foreign credential evaluation services:

Students are encouraged to contact the Fitchburg State International Admissions department if additional information is needed:


US citizens with foreign education (from a non-English speaking country) will need to follow the international admission requirements (TOEFL excluded).

Students with the following visa are not eligible for the program:

TOEFL Code: 3518

IELTS Code: No code- please select Fitchburg State as recipients.


Tuition and Fees

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching online:

Tuition for this program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. The tuition shown below includes all fees.

Visit the student accounts website for a breakdown of tuition and fees.

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching $372 $1,116 $13,392

Application fee: $50

If you are applying for financial aid, please use School Code 002184. For further information, please contact Financial Aid at (978) 665-3302 or



Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring A 2019 January 22, 2019 December 28, 2018 January 7, 2019 January 16, 2019 January 17, 2019
Spring B 2019 March 18, 2019 February 21, 2019 March 4, 2019 March 13, 2019 March 14, 2019
Summer A 2019 May 20, 2019 April 25, 2019 May 6, 2019 May 15, 2019 May 16, 2019
Summer B 2019 July 15, 2019 June 20, 2019 June 28, 2019 July 10, 2019 July 11, 2019

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