Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction

MA in Education

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Develop your abilities to write curricula, assess students, utilize technology, and motivate your students.

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Students in Cornerstone University’s Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum & Instruction program develop the knowledge and skills necessary for success when working with and leading students in the classroom.


The regionally-accredited curriculum provides realistic guidance as well as best-practice theories for educational leadership from a Christ-centered worldview. Coursework is divided into individual and group projects through which you'll learn how to effectively manage in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while developing your leadership and communication skills.

Convenience and Flexibility

With course offerings online and in-class, you will maximize your educational experience while still maintaining your work and family life. Classes meet one night per week in one of our four campus locations and online. Upon starting a degree, you will continue through the program with your classmates as a cohort. With an average of 15 students in each cohort, students receive one-on-one attention from faculty while gleaning insights from other students' personal and professional experience.


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Program Details

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Graduate degree programs offered by Professional & Graduate Studies are designed for working adults who are career-minded individuals with a passion to influence their workplace and community.  

Program Outcomes

This degree program offered by the Professional & Graduate Studies program provides the knowledge and skills required for leadership in one’s profession as well as personal skills needed for effective performance. Upon graduation, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply Christian worldview principles in the workplace
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms
  • Demonstrate professional skills
  • Exhibit knowledge of core subject area
  • Demonstrate cross-cultural communication and collaboration

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete at least 24 credit hours at Cornerstone University
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work
  • Completion of all degree requirements within 5 years
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Graduation application filed

Admission Requirements

  • Submit application with $40 fee
  • Official transcripts
  • One year of successful classroom teaching
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7 in undergraduate course work from accredited colleges/universities
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A copy of teacher’s certification document
  • Maximum of 6 master-level credit hours may be transferred from accredited colleges/universities
  • Students whose primary language is not English must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 577 (paper-based), 233 (computer-based), 90-91 (internet-based) or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0

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Program Courses

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The Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum & Instruction is a 35 credit-hour program that students can expect to complete in 18-22 months.

Core Courses

Issues in Education | 3 credits; 7 weeks

An overview of the philosophy of education. The course introduces the Christian worldview as it relates to education within the context of educational leadership, global issues, diversity and choice, technology, learning disabilities, literacy, curriculum, home-schooling, charter schools, etc. 

Technology | 3 credits; 7 weeks

A study of the conceptual framework and use of technology as a tool in the classroom. This course focuses on the individual instructional needs of each student. Technology-based activities are commensurate with the technology comfort level of the student. Instruction is given in the areas of using technology to facilitate inquiry-based learning, finding and developing resources, using computers in the classroom and exploring ways to use the Internet as an instructional tool.  

Curriculum, Assessment and Instructional Theory | 3 credits; 7 weeks

A review of current professional organization and governmental curriculum standards and state and local curriculum frameworks including state testing instruments. The course also provides guidance in developing objectives, assessments and strategies in working with a variety of student populations in the inclusive classroom.  

Research | 3 credits; 7 weeks

A review of current best practice methods as indicated by meta-research. The course also reviews data related to student achievement (local and beyond) and provides direction on how to use teacher-developed data to improve student learning. Finally, it provides a framework for the teacher to use data as a basis for professional reflection.  

Master’s Project A   | 2 credits; 4 weeks

Identification of an area of need in the K-12 school system that the student would like to create and develop a solution to through a master’s project in EDU-595. The master’s project is generally done in the area of educational leadership, curriculum development and assessment, or school management. In EDU-593, students propose a master’s project and complete a literature review. Prerequisite EDU-553 or EDU-615.  

Reading Diagnostic Tools and Remediation  | 3 credits; 7 weeks

An introduction to diagnostic tools and remediation strategies within the context of the differentiated instruction model. The course incorporates instruction in the following areas: interest inventories, English language learning, visual and auditory discrimination tools, language expression and processing screening, phonemics, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, spelling, writing and writing assessment tools and best practice instructional strategies in all areas of literacy.  

Community Building and Educational Leadership  | 3 credits; 7 weeks

An investigation of institutional structures, managing and creating change, managing technology, administrative/teacher cooperation, teacher/teacher cooperation and parental involvement. Students also explore stress management, conflict management and how to become an agent for school improvement and educational leadership.  

Master’s Project B | 3 credits; 4 weeks

Completion of a project that fills an area of need in the educational system. In EDU-593, students identify the area of need and complete a literature review. Throughout the program, the student continues to refine and develop the proposal, adding useful resources in order to complete the project. The master’s project is generally done in the area of educational leadership, curriculum development and assessment, or school management. Prerequisite EDU 593.  

Curriculum & Instruction Courses

Student Motivation and Behavior | 3 credits; 7 weeks

A review of current research and best practice in the areas of educational psychology, student motivation, brain research, multiple intelligences, learning styles and classroom management. The course also reviews developmental psychology concepts necessary to understanding children and adolescents.  

Instructional Strategies for Diverse Classrooms | 3 credits; 7 weeks

A study of issues relating to the education of diverse populations within the classroom including socioeconomic considerations, at-risk and ethnic and racial groups. Students study issues in the context of a Christian world and life view, developing plans to meet the needs of all children in the classroom.  

Assessment for K-12 Students | 3 credits; 7 weeks

A study of standardized and authentic assessments used in K-12 classrooms. Students review research and interpret its contribution to the field from a Christian worldview. Methods used to assess student success include consideration of educational tests and measurements, alternative assessments, portfolio assessment and performance assessments.  

Instructional Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities | 3 credits; 7 weeks

A study of best-practices in remediation for students with learning disabilities. Students review research and interpret its contribution to the field from a Christian worldview. Students learn teaching strategies and their relationship to cultural and linguistic differences, developing plans to meet the needs of all children in the classroom.  

Career Paths

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A Master of Arts in Education can lead you into various career paths:

  • Teacher
  • School Administrator
  • Adult Educator
  • Instructor in Higher Education
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Corporate Trainer
  • and more!