Online Master - Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction



Overview of the Master of Science in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction Online Program

The Master of Science in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction is designed for practicing classroom teachers seeking advanced study in curriculum and instruction. Candidates will complete a 33-credit hour program that is aligned to the National Education Association's Teacher Leader Model standards, and promotes constructivist approaches to teaching and learning, emphasizing teacher leadership and teacher efficacy. Courses are designed to provide participants with methods and materials they can use to help their own students learn, including technology tools. Course instruction is designed to model best practices and procedures in the classroom while helping candidates understand and develop dispositional skills needed to be an effective teacher leader.

This program is open to candidates from all states. It does not lead to subject area licensure in Indiana. Prior to applying, an applicant is responsible for knowing whether or not this program will satisfy regulatory requirements for the state in which he or she may be seeking advanced standing.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Candidates who complete this program should develop deeper understanding and skill in the following areas:

Domain 1 - Fostering a Collaborative Culture to Support Educator Development and Student Learning: Candidates use effective communication skills and knowledge of diversity to work collaboratively.

Domain 2 - Accessing and Using 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.

Domain 3 - Promoting 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.

Domain 4 - Facilitating 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.

Domain 5 - Promoting 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.

Domain 6 - Improving 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.

Domain 7 - Advocating for Student Learning and the Profession: Candidates will collaborate with families, communities and colleagues to advocate for effective educational approaches.


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

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Tuition
33 Total $470 / credit hour

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program with specialization courses. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process

Deposit: Once you are accepted, your program representative will contact you in regards to payment of the required $100.00 deposit. This deposit reserves your place on the class roster. Payment can be made by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Service fee may apply.

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

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

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email


Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below.

Required Courses (Major-Curriculum and Instruction)


Required Courses (Core Courses)




Applicants to any program within the School of Educational Leadership will be required to sign a disclosure of information waiver giving any prior institutions the applicant may have attended permission to supply IWU representatives all information relevant to the applicant's fitness for teacher training or licensure recommendation, including but not limited to his/her conduct, standing, reputation while attending said institutions. Any information obtained may be considered by IWU in its decision whether or not to admit an applicant, to permit his or her continuance in a program, or to recommend him/her for licensure.

Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • Public school candidates:
    • A valid (but not necessarily current) state teacher’s license.
    • 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 school in the United States or abroad.
    • Supporting documentation demonstrating access to a P-12 classroom.
  • ACSI, FACCS, and FCCS candidates:
    • An Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (FACCS), or Florida Coalition of Christian Schools (FCCS) valid (but not necessarily current) temporary, standard, or professional teaching license or certificate.
    • At least one year (i.e., a minimum of one semester and one day) of teaching experience, under contract and performed in a classroom.
    • Supporting documentation demonstrating access to a P-12 classroom. Native speakers of languages other than English who are applicants for entrance into this program must achieve required English language scores on approved assessments.


NOTE: Prior to applying to the program, candidates are responsible for being knowledgeable of the licensure requirements of their state.

Graduation Requirements

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

Minimum Computer Requirements

Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a CAPS course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the IWU Master of Education program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.