Graduate Degrees and Programs

Graduate programs offered in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction lead to a Master of Science Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Urban Education Ph.D. specialization in Curriculum and Instruction.

Master of Science Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction

30 credits including 12 credits in curriculum and instruction core areas; 12 to 15 credits in a focus area approved by the student's major professor; and completion of 3 credits of Currins 800, Master's Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction or 3 to 6 credits of Currins 890, Master's Research or Thesis.

30-Credit Program of Study Form (Word)

Major Professor Selection Form (PDF)

Transcript Designation Options

Concentration in English Education - Literary Studies, Modern Studies, Rhetoric & Composition, Creative Writing, Language & Linguistics or Professional Writing (Word)

Concentration in Mathematics Education (PDF)

Concentration in Reading Education (Word)

Concentration in Science Education (PDF)

Concentration in Cultures and Communities Education (PDF)

Special Features

• Graduate classes held during evenings and summers to accommodate working schedules
• Interaction with Curriculum and Instruction graduate faculty members who have years of experience as teachers, collaborators with schools, researchers, and state and nationally recognized experts in various fields
• Study of current theories and practices in curriculum design and instructional methods
• Interaction during classes with metropolitan area educators and their ideas and experiences
• Graduate degrees in Curriculum and Instruction will provide you with an opportunity to improve your professional expertise, the academic experiences of those you teach, the educational contexts in which you work, and your disciplinary and content knowledge

Program Related Links

C&I Faculty Areas of Expertise (PDF)

Graduate School Request for Exception Form (PDF)

Registration Change Form (PDF)

Registrar's Calendar ("Important Dates to Remember")

Registrar's Add/Drop Calendar

UWM Graduate School Forms and Downloads

Financial Assistance (Graduate Assistantship Application)

Financial aid opportunities are available through the UWM Department of Financial Aid, Student Employment and Military Education Benefits. Services provided include information about grants, loans, student employment, additional scholarship opportunities and the Wisconsin-Minnesota Reciprocity Program.

In addition, the School of Education offers a variety of scholarship opportunities.

Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

For applications and procedures regarding Project Assistantships, Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships within the School of Education (including the Department of Curriculum and Instruction), please contact the School of Education/Office of the Associate Dean:

Kerry Korinek
Associate Administrative Program Specialist
Enderis Hall Room 513
Phone: 414-229-5253/4729
Fax: 414-229-2920

For additional Graduate Assistantship Information, please visit the UWM Graduate School web page.

International students may also review the UWM Center for International Education(International Student & Scholar Services) web page for additional important assistantship/employment related information.

Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Early Childhood Education Focus

A program designed to support urban early childhood teachers (Birth - Grade 3) through the beginning professional years and beyond.

For program information, please contact:

Dr. Jennifer Mueller
Phone: 414-229-5246

Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: English Education Focus

For program information, please contact:

Dr. Thomas Scott
Phone: 414-229-5751

Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Mathematics Education Focus

A special two-year masters program for elementary and middle school teachers. For program information or if you have any questions, please contact:

Dr. DeAnn Huinker
Phone: 414-229-5467/6646

Michael D. Steele
Phone: 414-229-6871

Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading Focus

For program information, please contact:

Dr. Tania Habeck
Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction
Phone: 414-229-4931

Dr. Ruth Short
Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction
Phone: 414-229-4536

Program related Links

Post-Baccalaureate Reading Teacher Certification Program

Post-Baccalaureate Reading Specialist Certification Program

Early Reading Empowerment Program

Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Science Education Focus

For program information (including MACSTEP), please contact:

Dr. Craig Berg
Phone: 414-229-4047

Dr. Ray Scolavino
Phone: 414-229-2995

Ph.D. in Urban Education: Curriculum and Instruction Specialization

Admissions Requirements (include):

• Admission to the UWM Graduate School
• Admission to the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education
• Admission to the Curriculum and Instruction program

Areas of Focus

You can focus your specialization in Curriculum and Instruction on a

• Content Area (e.g., Reading, Science, Mathematics)
• Educational Level (e.g., Early Childhood, Middle Childhood Through Early Adolescence, Early Adolescence Through Adolescence)
• General Area (e.g., Curriculum & Cnstruction, Teacher Education)
• Special Area (e.g., Urban Curriculum Design, Teacher Leadership)

Program Content

The program is comprised of approximately 54 hours, including courses in urban education, research, the specialization, and a minor.

Major Professor

A major professor will be temporarily assigned to you upon admission.

For additional program information, please contact:

Urban Education Doctoral Program
Enderis Hall, Room 515
Phone: 414-229-4729
Fax: 414-229-2920