Curriculum and Instruction

Saint Louis University’s graduate program in curriculum and instruction is ideal for students who are interested in writing curriculum and improving instruction in fields such as education, physical therapy and business.


About the Program

SLU’s School of Education offers a Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy in curriculum and instruction.

Program Highlights

Faculty members at the School of Education take a genuine interest in students and serve as strong role models of success. We acquaint students with the challenges and joys of a profession in education. Your education will be an appropriate balance between theory and practice, action and reflection, intellect and affect, and decisive conviction and open curiosity.

SLU’s teacher education programs are approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Master's Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction requires 32 credit hours, including at least six credit hours of research consisting of “EDR-5400: Qualitative Research Methods” and either “EDR-5600: General Research Methods for Educators” or “EDR-5100: Introduction to Inferential Statistics for Educators.”

At the end of the program, you will, in consultation with your adviser, prepare a theme paper on a topic related to your coursework. You will also complete a one-hour oral examination based on the theme paper and completed coursework.

Master of Arts in Teaching Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s Master of Arts in Teaching is designed to offer classroom teachers three broad areas: knowledge in subject-matter areas, current educational developments, and the processes of teaching and learning. You will also complete a one-hour oral examination based on the theme paper and completed coursework.

Additional credit hours are determined by the individual program and may not include more than six credit hours from outside the School of Education, six credit hours of transfer credit, six credit hours of graduate readings or 10 credit hours of 4000-level courses. 

Ed.D.  Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s Doctor of Education degree program will prepare you for leadership positions in educational institutions through a practical, problem-oriented curriculum.

You will take a minimum of 42 credit hours of coursework beyond the master's degree, including an advanced research course. After your coursework is complete, you will complete written and oral exams followed by four credit hours of project research.

Ph.D. Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s doctorate in curriculum and instruction emphasizes the tools of research and the interplay of theory and practice in education. You will take a minimum of 42 credit hours beyond the master's degree, including 12 credit hours of dissertation research and three advanced research courses.

After you complete the required coursework, you will take written and oral exams, followed by 12 credit hours of dissertation research. A public oral defense of a dissertation proposal and a final dissertation are required to complete the program.  

Faculty
  • Jennifer Buehler, Ph.D.
  • Amrita Chaturvedi, Ph.D.
  • Mary M. Chittooran, Ph.D., NCSP
  • Robert Cole, Ph.D.
  • Alexander Cuenca, Ph.D.
  • Timothy Eichler, Ph.D.
  • Maureen Wikete Lee, Ph.D.
  • Jessica Leonard, Ph.D.
  • Retha Meier, Ph.D.
  • Nikki Murdick, Ph.D
  • Jen Newton, Ph.D.
  • Joseph Nichols, Ph.D.
  • Takako Nomi, Ph.D.
  • Kathryn Mitchell Pierce, Ph.D.
  • Ann Rule, Ph.D.
  • Joy Voss, Ph.D.
Careers
Possible career paths for someone with a graduate degree in curriculum and instruction include curriculum coordinator, teacher educator, educational outreach coordinator, nonprofit specialist, special educator and adult educator.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Learn about scholarships and financial aid at Student Financial Services. 

Applicant Criteria

M.A., M.A.T.

Applicants for these programs must have completed 18 credit hours of upper-division undergraduate coursework in education or related areas approved by the School of Education.

Ed.D., Ph.D.

Applicants must have a master's degree in education and complete six credit hours of graduate research coursework as a prerequisite for the doctoral programs. If you do not have some or all of these credit hours, you may take them during your doctoral studies in addition to the program coursework.

You’ll need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Transcript(s)
Three letters of recommendation
GRE or other applicable graduate entry exam scores
Résumé
Interview
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadlines

Domestic students should apply for the fall semester by July 1, for the spring semester by Nov. 1 and for the summer semester by April 1. International students should apply by May 1 for the fall semester, Oct. 1 for the spring semester and Feb. 1 for the summer semester. 

Review Process

A committee reviews each application wholly.