Curriculum and Instruction

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Dr. Elizabeth Swaggerty
Graduate Coordinator
138 Speight Building

Ms. Amy Mansfield
Administrative Support Associate
205 Speight Building

Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction

MAEd Curriculum & Instruction flyerThis 39-semester hour degree program offers the opportunity for advanced study in curriculum and instruction with specified concentrations and related instructional processes and tools that prepare departmental, school, or district teacher leaders in their chosen field. 

Current concentrations include English Education (ENED) with eligibility for 9-12 English Education advanced licensure and History/Social Studies Education (HIED) with eligibility for 9-12 Social Studies advanced licensure. 

The program may be completed on a part- or full-time basis. Some required courses are offered face-to-face and others are offered online.

Program Details

The College of Education accepts applications at all times so students can begin at almost any time during the year. The application due dates are as follows:

Desired Starting Semester

Application Deadline


June 1st


October 15th

Summer Session 1

March 15th

Summer Session 2

May 1st

Applicants must submit the following materials by the dates listed above to be considered for acceptance:

  • Complete online application at Masters Programs
  • Send a copy of official school transcript(s) to Graduate School
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores
  • Statement of Purpose that provides convincing evidence of one's suitability for graduate study and potential for success in one's chosen area. This is a polished professional writing sample that describes
    1. your professional background and why/how your experiences align with the graduate program
    2. how/what you will contribute to the program and to the teachers you will be studying with,
    3. your goals; what you hope to gain from your program experience and how it will help you reach longer-term professional goals.
  • Copy of current initial teaching license (Candidates must currently hold a license to teach secondary English or secondary history or social studies)
  • 3 professional references/ recommendations from employers, professors, and other people who have witnessed your work with students (all submitted electronically via the Graduate School)
  • Contact Dr. Elizabeth Swaggerty for more information.
For a full listing of all of the names and descriptions of the courses within this program, please visit the Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction section of the Graduate Catalog.

Note: Any student who does not take classes during a regular semester (fall/spring) must reapply to the Graduate school in order to reactivate his/her status as a graduate student and access to his/her ECU email account.

Other graduate programs are available in many disciplines.