All effective education and training begins with thoughtful curriculum. In classrooms and corporate training rooms across the country, curriculum and instruction experts are in demand.

The online Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program from Ashford University prepares you for a broad range of careers that require instruction/curriculum design skills.

The degree places an emphasis on technology integration to equip you with the tools and competencies needed to reach learners in the 21st century. Create the plans that allow teachers, instructors, and trainers to bring out the best in students and employees.

  • Analyze evidence- and standards-based instructional strategies aligned with learning and development theories to support highly effective instruction and inclusive learning environments
  • Appraise qualities of effective curricula and technology designed to include a variety of learners and abilities in inclusive settings
  • Design student-centered learning opportunities, assessments, and curriculum aligned with learning standards and empirically-based instructional design strategies promoting 21st century skills, creativity, and cultural relevance
  • Construct effective methods of collaboration, communication, and partnerships with colleagues, community, and related stakeholders
  • Evaluate educational action research drawing on critical analysis, research, and methods of various disciplines to address local or global educational issues
  • Relate personal learning with professional growth, advancement, and the ability to impact learners and other professionals in the field

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Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, WSCUC is a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions


An online degree from Ashford University does not lead to immediate teacher licensure in any state. If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study. All prospective students are advised to visit the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) and to contact the licensing body of the state where they are licensed or intend to obtain licensure to verify that these courses qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits in that state prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state's policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.