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Curriculum and Instruction: M.Ed. & Graduate Certificate

Ouachita’s Master of Education degree in curriculum & instruction is perfect for teachers who strive for excellence and view teaching as a calling. The program positions teachers for increased salaries and prepares them for roles such as curriculum specialist and instructional coach. It equips teachers to lead professional learning communities all within the context of our program motto: “Live for God, Love others and Teach all students.”

Ouachita's Called to Teach conference to be held on campus July 19, 2024, in Walker Conference Center.
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Curriculum Specialist

Curriculum Designer

Instructional Designer

Instructional Coach

Academic Director

Education Consultant

Corporate Training Manager

Curriculum and Practice

Teaching as a Calling

Classroom Management and Student Engagement

Instructional Practice and Technology Tools

Education Law and Leadership

Issues in Education

Teaching Diverse Learners

View the Ouachita graduate catalog for a full course listing with course descriptions.

Enter the program at any of three start dates throughout the year, aligned with Spring, Summer and Fall terms. Applications are open year around and must be submitted one month prior to enrollment.

This fully online program offers classes asynchronously to fit your busy schedule. Plus, the program director offers optional group sessions conducted both in-person and via Zoom.


Online Option



Month Program



Average Salary Increase




In their words

hear from a faculty member

“I view teachers with a master’s degree in curriculum & instruction as master teachers. In this program, we build upon teachers’ existing knowledge and experience by equipping them with enhanced strategies for delivering instruction, engaging students and building classroom communities for all learners. We will deepen teachers’ understandings of the scope and sequence of curriculum, mastery of data-driven instruction and leadership skills. Most importantly, we have the privilege of doing this within the context of our program motto: ‘Live for God, Love others and Teach all students.’” 

Gail HughesDr. Gail Hughes
program director

Learning curriculum

Prepare to lead curriculum planning and implementation

Build your skills in curriculum planning by articulating what you teach, when you teach it, why you teach it and how you should teach it. You’ll grow professionally by describing the connections among content areas with a focus on state and national content standards and implementation with high student expectations.

Curriculum & Instruction data

Use data to inform your professional leadership

Learn how to use data and the latest trends to improve your own programs and those of your entire professional learning community. These insights will help you plan instruction for all learners that will help close achievement gaps, determine the best technology tools to engage students and design effective instruction for students from diverse backgrounds.


Model character and encourage student growth

Encourage student character and exemplify Biblical ethics in leadership by understanding the relationship between teacher behavior and classroom culture, as well as student motivation, leadership and learning. With an emphasis on personal integrity, courage and perseverance, we model Christ’s love, high standards and learning to establish a culture of growth. 


Live for God, Love others and Teach all students

our motto

Our program’s motto is “Live for God, Love others and Teach all students,” which extends beyond just our academic curriculum. In addition to course content, teachers will be supported in their mission by hands-on projects such as working as a team on a service project at an area school. Additionally, every summer we host a Called to Teach Conference, which is open to all educators, celebrates our mission and equips participants for the next school year.

program details

 Total Hours = 30



Spring 1

EDCI 5113 Curriculum and Practice*

EDCI 6423 Applied Learning Theories

Spring 2

EDCI 6213 Program Evaluation

EDCI 6223 Teaching Diverse Learners


EDCI 5313 Teaching as a Calling*

EDCI 6323 Education Law and Leadership

Fall 1

EDCI 5413 Classroom Management and Student Engagement*

EDCI 6123 Issues in Education

Fall 2

EDCI 6513 Data-Informed Teaching

EDCI 5523 Instructional Practice and Technology Tools*


As a full-time student, you can earn your degree in one year by completing two courses in each of our five terms. Part-time students are encouraged to complete at least three courses per year.

All courses are offered online with optional discussion sessions to interact with your peers and professor.

For course descriptions, please see the Graduate Catalog.

*The Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Certificate is a subset of the M.Ed. courses (EDCI 5113, EDCI 5313, EDCI 5413, and EDCI 5523) and can be completed in one year. The admissions requirements, cost and format are the same as those for the M.Ed.

Tuition per graduate credit hour: $500
Estimated total tuition and fees for full 30-hour program: $15,390*

*based on full-time attendance

Ouachita General Graduate Admissions Requirements:

  • Conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • 2.5 minimum GPA on a 4.0 scale (individual programs will delineate more specifics)
  • Completed application, which includes a statement of purpose
  • Three references
  • Minimum English proficiency requirements for international students are as follows:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
      At least 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
      At least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
      At least a 6.5 on the IELTS exam

Admissions Requirements for the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction:

  • Meet general university graduate admissions requirements
  • A minimum GPA of 2.750 on a 4.000 scale*

*Conditional admission is considered for applicants who meet all other admissions requirements and have a GPA below 2.750, but not lower than 2.500.

If you’re interested in applying to a Ouachita graduate program but are not a U.S. citizen, contact your graduate admissions counselor, Angie Schleiff, at [email protected] before submitting an application. Due to visa requirements, admission requests from non-U.S. citizens are addressed on a case-by-case basis and take extra time. Please inquire early in the process.

Minimum English proficiency requirements for international students are:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
  • At least a 79 on the internet-Based TOEFL (iBT)
  • At least a 550 on the paper-based TOEFL
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
  • At least a 6.5 on the IELTS exam

The State of Arkansas and Ouachita Baptist University require students to show proof of immunity for MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella). Ouachita Baptist University must receive an immunization record that includes the MMR vaccinations. For more information please click here.

Goal 1: Lead curriculum planning

Program graduates will be able to evaluate state and national content standards to:

SLO 1a: determine what content to teach to promote high student expectations.

SLO 1b: conclude when to teach content components.

SLO 1c: discern why they teach components of the content.


Goal 2: Use data to plan programs and instruction for all learners

Program graduates will be able to:

SLO 2a: analyze student classroom data to improve student learning.

SLO 2b: dissect student standardized test score data to improve student learning.

SLO 2c: incorporate student research data to improve student learning and close achievement gaps.


Goal 3: Promote effective instructional practice

Program graduates will be able to:

SLO 3a: prioritize technology tools to increase student learning.

SLO 3b: recommend strategies for engaging students to increase student learning.

SLO 3c: design effective instruction for differentiating learning for all students with an emphasis on student diversity (e.g., cultural, socio-economic, linguistic, exceptional, and gifted) to increase student learning.


Goal 4: Encourage student character

Program graduates will be able to:

SLO 4a: apply teacher behaviors that create a caring classroom culture of learning.

SLO 4b: adapt strategies to promote student motivation for learning.

SLO 4c: assemble lessons that guide students in their leadership growth.


Goal 5: Exemplify Biblical ethics in leadership behavior with an emphasis on the traits of personal integrity, courage, resilience, and perseverance as they model Christ’s love. 

Program graduates will be able to:

SLO 5a: recommend strategies for modeling Christ’s love in the classroom.

SLO 5b: construct personal growth plans set on high personal standards modeled on Biblical principles.

SLO 5c: implement professional growth plans founded on Biblical principles.

Graduate professional studies


Ouachita Baptist University's Graduate and Professional Studies programs cater to individuals committed to lifelong learning or seeking career advancement. The programs employ innovative modalities in diverse fields, ensuring that students find success professionally and spiritually. Emphasizing a sense of community, Ouachita cultivates meaningful relationships among students and professors for a supportive and enriching educational experience.


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