MAED in Curriculum Design & Instruction


Why a Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum Design and Instruction?

Good educators know that learning is not something that stops when you leave the classroom. It is a lifelong process of personal growth and pursuit of your passion. McKendree’s graduate program in Curriculum Design and Instruction gives you the tools you need to continue developing your professional commitment, growth, and competence in the classroom.

Our experienced faculty and convenient class option (100% online) enable you to earn your Master’s degree in a timely manner while giving you a thorough understanding of current educational theory and practical applications. You will explore social issues affecting students, such as diversity, special needs, and character development. You will also examine topics in professional ethics and ways to collaborate with students, parents, colleagues, and the community to improve the education experience in your own school.



MAED in Curriculum Design & Instruction Curriculum Requirements

This program consists of 31-33 hours of coursework. 

EDU 600 - Professional Educator Seminar (0 Credit)

EDU 602 - Multicultural Education (3 Credits)

EDU 615 - Contemporary Issues in Education (3 Credits)

EDU 611 - Curriculum Theory and Design (3 Credits)

EDU 612 - Instructional and Curriculum Design and Evaluation (3 Credits)

EDL 620 - School Law (3 Credits)

EDU 621 - Character Development in Education (3 Credits)

EDU 641 - Educational Research & Statistics (3 Credits)

EDU 645 - Action Research Planning (2 Credits)

SPE 691 - Adapting the Curriculum for Students with Special Needs (3 Credits)

EDU 694 - Practicum in Curriculum Design and Instruction (3 Credits)

EDU 697 - Action Research Project (2 Credits)


EDU 699 - Action Research Thesis (4 Credits)




McKendree’s MAED in Curriculum Design and Instruction is designed specifically for current teachers juggling the demands of a full-time job, personal responsibilities, and professional development. This program is 100% online with the majority of the classes being in an eight-week format. Some courses are designed in a 16-week format to meet the requirements of the class.



Interesting Classes


  • Multicultural Education: Gain a fresh perspective of the social, economic, cultural, and political factors that influence students from diverse backgrounds and how you can meet their needs as an educator.

  • Character Development in Education: Explore the impacts of character development programs in schools and discover ways to use them in your own classroom.




Admission Requirements


McKendree University admits students who present evidence of their potential to complete graduate level work. Applicants are considered on an individual basis without regard to sex, race, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, or religion. The following documentation is required for consideration of admission:

1. A completed graduate admission application (no fee).

2. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

3. Official transcripts from each college or university attended. Official transcripts are those sent from institution to institution.

4. A minimum 3.0 GPA on a four-point scale in undergraduate studies.

5. A current resume or vita.

6. Three professional references.

7. Essay describing the personal and professional goals that will be met by completion of the degree.



Key Faculty


Photo of Dr. Jay GobleDr. Jay Goble

Piper Academic Center (PAC) 200
(618) 537-2157





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