May 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin 
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Curriculum and Instruction MA

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The Master of Arts (MA) degree is designed for individuals seeking to further develop and deepen their skills as educators, as well as for those future leaders in education who plan to go on to do further work and research in education. The MA is the starting point for those who may wish to later pursue an Educational Specialist (EdS) degree or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. This program requires 32 semester hours of post-Bachelor’s work, preparation of a Master’s Portfolio, a project or thesis, and a written comprehensive examination. Students who are choosing one of the special Master’s concentrations must focus their project or thesis on a topic in the concentration area.

Specialized study in the form of concentrations is offered in several areas. Students in this program may choose to include a concentration to help reach their personal goals for advanced study. While graduate degrees in Curriculum and Instruction are designed for experienced educators, provision is made for individuals desiring a career change. Such persons may be required to earn more than the minimum number of credits.

Delivery: This program is offered on campus and online. Most interactive online synchronous courses are taught to in-person students simultaneously (see School of Distance Education  Definitions). Online students are encouraged to come to campus for graduation.

Total Credits - 32+

Concentrations - 12+

K-12 Curriculum Specialist - 12+

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions are based on the overall profile of each applicant. The applicant profile consists of information that indicates personal “fit” with the Curriculum and Instruction program and potential for success in the program. The C&I Program accepts applications on a rolling basis, with students being able to begin their course of study during any semester. In addition to application materials required of all graduate school applicants, the following items are of particular importance:

  • Indicate whether you are applying for the on-campus or the online interactive program.
  • A 500-word statement of purpose explaining how your professional goals fit with the mission of the Curriculum and Instruction program. Identify the concentration you plan to complete.
  • Recommendation forms and letters from professionals. Do not submit recommendations from relatives or current students.
  • A completed Professional Experience form.
  • A current resumé or curriculum vita (CV).
  • Official transcripts from all schools where undergraduate or graduate courses were taken.
  • Documentation of English proficiency (see University Graduate Programs General Admission Requirements for details).

Please consult the Graduate Programs Admission section of this bulletin for complete information regarding admissions requirements.


Nine (9) semester credits of education courses, including an undergraduate (or graduate equivalent) in educational psychology. GDPC 514 - Psychology of Learning  (3 credits) will be required for those who do not meet the above prerequisite. Persons who seek admission to the MA without the prerequisites may be required to include additional courses, such as EDTE 408 - Principles of Teaching and Learning , in their course plan. These prerequisites add to the total number of credits needed to complete the degree.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will:

  • Demonstrate competence at an advance level in a range of transferable skills with special attention to written and oral communication, ethical reasoning, and research.
  • Achieve a comprehensive and critically-aware knowledge of curriculum and instruction [including a concentration area, as appropriate] and appreciation of how it relates to other fields of study; and, at the doctoral level, contribute to the applied and/or theoretical knowledge in that field.
  • Critique or enrich from a Seventh-day Adventist faith perspective key ideas, techniques, or methods at the forefront of the field of curriculum and instruction.
  • Examine and practice moral, intellectual and theological virtues within the field of curriculum and instruction from a Biblical worldview.
  • Operate autonomously in complex and unpredictable contexts to address needs of diverse communities using advanced skills and knowledge from the curriculum and instruction field in a manner consistent with Christian thought and practice.

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