Online Master of Science in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction

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Overview of the MS in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction Program

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree with a major in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction is designed for practicing classroom teachers seeking advanced study in these three vital areas of P-12 schools. Candidates will complete a 33-credit hour program that is aligned to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation's advanced-level program standards and the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Courses are designed to provide participants with an essential mix of theory and practice in order to enhance and create curriculum, assessment, and classroom instruction. Candidates will deepen their understanding in areas such as differentiation, culturally responsive teaching and social justice, ethics and faith, technology integration, current topics and research, and initiating and leading thoughtful systemic change and innovation through a spiraled scope and sequence. Limited field experiences within one's own classroom are required in some courses.

This program is generally only offered online, however if there is a sufficient number of candidates in a specific location sponsored by a school or other education institution we may choose to offer the program onsite.

You’ll Learn To…

  • Foster a Collaborative Culture to Support Educator Development and Student Learning: Candidates use effective communication skills and knowledge of diversity to work collaboratively.
  • Access and Use Research to Improve Practice and Student Learning: Candidates collect, analyze, and communicate school/classroom data and current research to improve student learning and assist their colleagues in this process.
  • Promote Professional Learning for Continuous Improvement: Candidates will collaborate with colleagues to plan sustainable professional development that meets diverse learning needs and aligns with school/ district goals.
  • Facilitate Improvements in Instruction and Student Learning: Candidates will analyze data from multiple sources to identify curriculum/instruction needs and will serve as a team leader/mentor to foster professional growth to meet these needs and improve student learning.
  • Promote the Use of Assessments and Data for School and District Improvement: Candidates will work with colleagues to identify and use assessment tools and collect data to promote change for school/district improvement.
  • Improve Outreach and Collaboration with Families and Community: Candidates will use understanding of diversity and effective technology and communication skills to collaborate with family and community stakeholders for improved educational experiences and student achievement.
  • Advocate for Student Learning and the Profession: Candidates will collaborate with families, communities and colleagues to advocate for effective educational approaches.

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33 Total
$480/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and employer reimbursement.


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

11 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence.



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. Transcripts from foreign institutions may need to be sent to an outside agency for evaluation and determination of transferable credits, degrees, and GPA. If this outside review is necessary, students are responsible for the initiation of this evaluation and for any fees incurred during the process.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least of minimum of 30 hours was completed.
  • Candidates Need:
    • A valid (but not necessarily current) state teacher’s license, or a valid (but not necessarily current) temporary, standard, or professional teaching license/certificate from another recognized accreditation body (e.g., Association of Christian Schools International), or an official letter from a school administrator confirming employment as a teacher of record.
    • At least one year (i.e., a minimum of one semester and one day) of teaching experience from an approved and accredited public, private, or parochial P-12 school in the United States or abroad.
    • Supporting documentation demonstrating access to a P-12 classroom.

  • Successful completion of the M.S. curriculum.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of "B-" in each course.
  • Successful completion of admission, mid-program review, and program completion gateways.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.


The M.S. Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

*Effective 07-01-2022 through 06-30-2023