Master of Arts Curriculum and Instruction

Master of Arts Curriculum and Instruction

Master of Arts Curriculum and Instruction

Educators Who Make a Difference

The Fresno Pacific University Online Master in Curriculum and Instruction program is for educators who desire to grow professionally as a curriculum leader in the school or workplace. The online MA is designed with working teachers and training/development professionals in mind. You’ll equip yourself with the tools needed to meet the challenges facing education in the 21st century. Establish yourself as a curricular resource leader and subject matter expert.

In the Classroom

Equip yourself with effective instructional practices and curriculum development strategies. The online MA Curriculum and Instruction degree helps active K-12 educators to develop curriculums and teaching methods that meet the needs of their students. In addition, you’ll be equipped to advise on best practices in your school, district or institution.

The Boardroom and Beyond

Do you actively provide training to others or want to pass on knowledge in a professional setting? The Masters in Curriculum and Instruction program meets the needs of aspiring teaching and training professionals in a variety of fields. Learn how to create, implement and enhance training/curriculum in your area of expertise.

The online curriculum and instruction degree is particularly beneficial for individuals in professions such as corporate training, human resource/organizational consultants along with any career that requires you to educate students, colleagues, employees, organizations and more.

Why FPU Online?


  • Accessible – Fully-online program, relevant coursework encourages professional development

  • Recognized – WASC-accredited  

  • Focused – For K-12 educators AND development/training professionals   

  • Timely – 30 credits for project capstone (31 credits for thesis capstone), complete in 24 months, three intakes per year

  • Applicable – Establish yourself  as a curriculum and technology leader in the classroom or your workplace

  • Supportive – Your Program Director will guide you from registration to graduation

Admissions Requirements

Fresno Pacific University take a holistic approach to admissions decisions. By that we mean we look at all of the pieces of an application to make sure the program is right for you.

Considerations include:

  • Official transcripts verifying bachelor's degree in related area
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

What Our Students Are Saying

Career Opportunities for Graduates*

Career opportunities for Masters in Curriculum and Instruction graduates include:

  • Instructional Coordinator

  • Instructional Coach

  • Curriculum and Instructional Coordinator

  • Postsecondary Education Instructor

  • Director of Instruction Training and Development Specialist

  • Professor of Education

  • Textbook Editor

  • Educational Consultant

  • Corporate Training Facilitator



Masters in Curriculum & Instruction Curriculum

The following courses are required as part of the MA Curriculum and Instruction program:

Phase I Foundations

CRI 707 – Historical Foundations of Curriculum 3 Units

The multicultural forces that influence curriculum and instruction are analyzed: philosophy, psychology, pedagogy/learning, sociology, knowledge and evaluation. Major approaches to curriculum and instruction are compared/contrasted with analysis of assumptions about teaching and learning inherent in specific curriculum practices and assessment procedures.

CRI 708 – Curriculum Design: Theory & Practice 3 Units

This course focuses on the theory and practice of curriculum design and implementation, aligning with appropriate state-adopted content standards. It examines principles of human learning, identifies effective strategies for teaching to the diversity in the classroom (English learners, special populations) and incorporates strategic methods of differentiating for the success of all learners. It will review methods of assessment, analyzing how they inform the teaching/learning experience and continually reflecting on each candidate’s on-going practice.

Phase II Core/Content Focus

CRI 704 – Conflict Management and Peacemaking in Schools 3 Units

This course will familiarize students with the structure, dynamics, role and challenge of conflict in schools. Special emphasis will be given to developing strategies and structures to promote cooperative and constructive resolution of conflict.

CRI 724 – Using Technology to Differentiate Curriculum 3 Units

This course provides an advanced look at the theory, design, implementation and reflection of differentiated curriculum using technology. Strategies and tools for responsive teaching are researched, used, and reflected upon. Technology is used as the vehicle to make learning student-centered for content and process. Candidates will interact with the course text and interact with resources on the web to further their learning. Candidates will design a series of technology-enhanced lessons that focuses on the needs of diverse learners and how to reach all students. Candidates will reflect on their successes and challenges with using technology to differentiate learning. Projects are field-based, inquiry-oriented and require significant reflection on the effectiveness of both the process and product.

CRI 727 – Leadership: A Personal Perspective 3 Units

This course provides individuals with tools to analyze and reflect on their personal and professional lives. Specific, values-oriented assessments are used to raise self-awareness, understand leadership styles and enhance professional development. Connections to how personal style informs abilities for leading organizational change are highlighted.

CRI 728 – Curricular Leadership 3 Units

This course takes a look at the big picture of education and considers the role of each of the players involved. It examines the process of change and the elements needed for effective leadership. Current trends in curriculum development are identified and learning as inquiry is examined.

CRI 732 – Performance Assessment: Design, Implementation and Analysis 3 Units

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of performance assessment. It promotes an interactive look at classroom-based assessment tasks, ranging from short and specific to lengthy and substantive. It examines and incorporates examples of student projects as well as an array of effective assessment tools. A beginning focus on formative assessment requires the design, implementation, and analysis of a performance assessment tool. A second focus on summative assessments requires the design, implementation, and analysis of a performance assessment.

Phase III Master of Arts Capstone

Candidates may choose from two pathways: innovative project or thesis.

ED 779 – Values in School and Society 3 Units

This course focuses on a cultural, historical, philosophical and/or social analysis of schools and schooling as a basis for developing an understanding of the educator’s role as a change agent and as a basis for personal and professional decision-making. The university’s philosophy and values as expressed in the Fresno Pacific Idea and their implications for schools and society will provide one perspective for such analysis. When taken as part of the educational technology program, special emphasis will be given to technology issues in context to the topics of the course.

Innovative Project Pathway

CRI 795 – Innovative Project-Methods and Proposal 3 Units

The course begins with a study of the nature of systematic inquiry utilizing an overview of methods employed in research and of evaluation methodology, with an intentional focus on action research. Topics include identification of educational research problems, evaluation of research articles, ethical considerations, and data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Instruction results in a draft of Sections One and Two of the Innovative Project which details the strategies of inquiry, methodology and an IRB application.

Prerequisites: CRI-704 CRI-707 CRI-708 CRI-727 CRI-728 ED-779

CRI 796 – Innovative Project-Implementation and Analysis 3 Units

Supervised design of a situated innovative project in the field of curriculum and instruction. It is informed by the completion of a literature review and organized as action research - systematic, intentional study of one’s own professional practice. A curricular unit, Section Three, is designed for implementation. The project is implemented, data collected, analyzed, displayed and finally, implications and recommendations are discussed in Section Four. Instruction results in a completed Innovative Project and a virtual presentation.

Prerequisites: CRI-704 CRI-707 CRI-708 CRI-727 CRI-728 ED-779 
Students need 2 semesters to complete the course.

Thesis Pathway

EDRH 794 – Thesis Introduction and Literature Review 3 Units

This course is the initial course for students whose research will culminate in the completion of a Master’s thesis. Students will be involved in a supervised independent inquiry of study built upon a literature review. Along with the course instructor, students will work with an assigned thesis mentor who will guide and support the student through the development and writing of a literature review and the introductory chapter of the thesis.

EDRH 795 – Research Methods in Education 3 Units

A study in the nature of systematic inquiry, a survey of methods employed in research and an explanation of evaluation methodology, as well as the use of research and evaluation methods in actual school situations. Topics include identification of education research problems, use of library resources, data gathering and processing, and evaluation of research articles.
Take EDRH-794 or PPS-777A

EDRH 796 – Thesis Completion 1 Unit

This course is designed to assist students in the completion of their master’s thesis. Students work alongside an assigned thesis mentor to finalize the (1) Institutional Review Board application, (2) collect and analyze data, (3) report findings, and (4) make recommendations. This is the final course leading to a Master of Arts degree.
Take EDRH-794 and EDRH-795 
Students may take up to 2 semesters to complete the course; Graded C/NC; May not be audited