Program Overview

Portland State University offers an online Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction (CI) for educators who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. PSU's CI degree provides educators with valuable practical and cooperative experience in classes that are specifically designed for needs specific to their district or agency. 

Students accepted into the program will be placed into a cohort, of which they will be an active part for the entire two years of the program. The cohort enables students to get to know their cohort colleagues they can rely upon while in the program. The cohort then serves as a valuable network when students finish their graduate program.

Portland State University's Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction operates as a cooperative learning experience. All of the courses are designed and sequenced specifically for each cohort. Therefore, students remain in their cohort for the duration of the program, except for the elective credits, which each students chooses inpidually.

Portland State University's Curriculum and Instruction Master's degree is a two-year program that consists entirely of online classes taken in a specific sequence. These classes cannot be taken out of order. Students are required to participate in their online classes at least weekly. 

Of the 45 credits, 30 are completed in two years, including over the summer. However, summer classes may be taken in a condensed format, which leaves much of the summer open. The timeline of the 30-credit cohort section follows the structure of one three-credit course each term (fall, winter, and spring) and two three-credit courses each of the two summers. 

Students satisfy the remaining 15 elective credits either by taking elective courses during or after the the cohort section, or by transferring credits from other institutions into the program. Each student selects courses to satisfy the 15 elective credit under the guidance of the faculty adviser. Courses from outside the CI program can satisfy the elective credit requirement. Students may, for example, choose courses from the Graduate School of Education, Continuing Education, and other departments at PSU.

Portland State University assigns a program manager, onside coordinator (for the off-campus face-to-face programs) and a faculty advisor to each cohort. The faculty advisor assists students with academic advising and course selection,and is offered onsite once a year at minimum as well as throughout the year by telephone and email. All students have access to PSU's online library catalog, while physical materials can be sent directly to students.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


    Students must have a a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.

    School Overview

    Portland State University is a public state university located in Portland, Oregon. Established in 1946, PSU began as the Vanport Extension Center as a way to meet the needs of higher education for those returning from World War II. Over the years, with its constantly expanding degree programs, PSU is the largest and fastest growing school in the Oregon University System.

    PSU offers students several degree levels, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral, from the following schools and colleges:

    • College of the Arts
    • Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
    • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • College of Urban and Public Affairs
    • School of Business Administration
    • Graduate School of Education
    • School of Public Health
    • School of Social Work
    • University Honors College

    Many of the certificates and degrees at the bachelor's and the master's level are available completely online. 


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