CUAA’s Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (MSCI) is designed for educators interested in enriching their leadership skills, expanding teaching strategies, and becoming master teachers. Courses introduce a systematic approach to instructional design, which serves as an important foundation for developing needs-based curriculum.

Advantages of a CUAA Master’s Degree

An MS in Curriculum and Instruction from CUAA offers you more than a degree. It offers you:

  • A convenient eight-week online or seated format
  • Educators committed to your success
  • A nationally accredited School of Education dedicated to your intellectual, social, and spiritual growth
  • A Lutheran higher education community committed to helping you develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the World
  • Ethical values that strengthen leadership skills
  • A community of fellow students who proceed through the coursework together
  • A 25% discount for school teachers/administrators working in a Christian school
  • A 24% discount for school teachers/administrators working in Preferred Partnership schools

Degree Details

Credit hours required: 31

Program Highlights

CUAA’s MS in Curriculum & Instruction (MSCI) teaches you the skills needed to improve the quality and effectiveness of instructional curriculum and assessment. MSCI courses are aligned with the Michigan Curriculum Framework and Grade Level Content Expectations.


MSCI coursework includes classes such as Leadership in Curriculum & Instruction, Assessment & Evaluation, and Cultural Issues in Curriculum, Classroom and Community. See the Summary of Course Requirements for our curriculum and course descriptions. The MSCI Program Textbook List will give you an idea of what you’ll be reading.

Learning Outcomes

In our MS in Curriculum and Instruction, you’ll learn to:

  • Communicate assessment results to improve curriculum, instruction, and student learning
  • Lead a school toward meeting the needs of all students
  • Translate learning needs into teaching solutions through analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of instructional products
  • Read, interpret, and evaluate educational research
  • Design a research study in an educational setting regarding a question of significance to the field of teaching and learning
  • Examine how ethnicity, economic status, gender, geography, history, and other considerations shape and define educational settings
  • Lead schools into 21st century education


Concordia University is accredited by:

  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • The Higher Learning Commission

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Endorsement in English as a Second Language

Receive your ESL Endorsement and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction degree.

ESL Endorsement Courses + The MSCI Courses below:

  • Instructional Design (EDU 831) 3 Credits
  • Assessment and Evaluation (EDU 911) 3 Credits
  • Standards Based Curriculum & Instruction (EDU 871) 3 Credits
Learn more about the ESL degree.