Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Educational Studies

This program is an ideal option if you need a master's degree to advance in your field. Whether you're an educator, or you're a professional who recognizes the value of educational principles in leading and growing teams, this 31-credit program can be completed in two years. Offered completely online, this degree program is designed for working classroom teachers and other working professionals who want to increase skills and put them to work.
Career Forecast Stable OutlookAverage Salary $51,135online
A student receives their diploma at graduation.

Why study Educational Studies at Washburn?

  • Washburn’s Educational Studies program is offered completely online. At 31-credits, it is common for working professionals to complete this program in two years. 
  • Because no teaching license or teaching experience is required to enroll in this program, it's a good fit for educators and non-educators who recognize the value of using principles of teaching and learning in a variety of settings. 
  • Your advisor will be assigned based on your interests and will work with you to choose classes and develop an action research capstone project that fit your professional goals.
  • Enhancing your knowledge and skills in a variety of areas can make you an indispensable member of your professional team.
  • There is no licensure or content test associated with this degree. It can be a stepping stone for doctoral study or workplace advancement.
  • The Washburn Department of Education is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Online advantage

All courses in the Educational Studies program are offered online and can be taken at your own pace. Most students take 9 to 18 credits per year (3 to 6 courses per year), finishing the 31 credit program in 1.5 to 3 years. Start dates are offered in Spring, Summer and Fall each year so you can get started right away!

The Educational Studies program is a 31-credit hour program designed to enhance your skills in the areas of educational foundations and research, literacy, technology, special education, and English for Speakers of Other Languages. Beyond the core courses, there is flexibility in your degree plan. Your advisor will help you create the best plan for your goals.

Core Courses: The following seven semester hours are required:

  • ED 672: Issues in Education (3)
  • ED 665: Introduction to Educational Research (3)
  • ED 698: Action Research Capstone (1)*

*Prerequisite: successful completion of 24 credit hours and ED 665.

Literacy Courses: The following six semester hours are recommended:

  • RD 610: Literacy/ESOL Instructional Approaches (3)
  • RD 622: Instruction for Readers at Risk (3)

Technology Courses: Six hours of the following are recommended:

  • ED 680: Integrating Technology in Curriculum (3)
  • ED 684: Multimedia in the Classroom (3)
  • ED 686: Integrating the Internet into Instruction (3)

Special Education Courses: The following six semester hours are recommended:

  • SE 610: Learning and Behavioral Problems of Children and Youth with Mild-Moderate Disabilities (3)
  • SE 680: Resources for Families of Children with Disabilities (3)

English for Speakers of Other Languages Courses: The following six semester hours are recommended:

  • ED 651: Methods and Cross Cultural Communication (3)
  • ED 661: ESOL Teaching and Learning (3)

The courses listed above are recommended, however, other courses may be substituted with the permission of the student's advisor. A student's advisor will be assigned based on the subject area the student wishes to pursue for the action research capstone experience.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Education

Department of Education
Education Building, Room 156
1731 SW Plass Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1427

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