Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction
Western Governors University

Program Details

WGU's affordable, accredited, online Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction degree empowers the next generation of teachers. Students will learn to design curriculum that blends the use of technology and social-emotional learning to resolve issues facing today’s classrooms. WGU holds the same accreditation as many state universities. The MSCIN program has been designed in alignment with the gold standards of teaching and learning: The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and the National Education Association (NEA) Teacher Leadership Competencies. Students are prepared with a wide range of curriculum development skills and the latest research, including the reflective practitioner, learning as a science, the collaborative leader, introduction to curriculum theory, educational psychology, learning theories, curriculum design and evaluation, research fundamentals, current and emerging technologies, and assessment for student learning.
The MSCIN degree has a low, flat-rate tuition charged per six-month term. Students have the flexibility to complete most of their coursework online—whenever and wherever works best for their schedules. Our competency-based learning model, which lets students pass most courses as quickly as they prove mastery of the material, makes it possible for students to accelerate their progress and potentially graduate faster. Additionally, faculty mentors work one-on-one with WGU students, providing dedicated coaching, guidance, and support from enrollment through graduation.

*WGU cannot currently accept applicants who are residents of California. 

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100% Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Western Governors University is accredited by:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Western Governors University is the only university to have received simultaneous accreditation by four regional accrediting commissions. Currently, WGU's "home" accrediting commission is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the same organization that accredits such leading institutions as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and other public and private colleges.

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Applicaton Requirements

Interview, Official College Transcript(s)

Additional Info

The WGU Teachers College is the first competency-based online university to receive accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 

Additionally, the teacher licensure programs offered through the WGU Teachers College have been awarded full accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) through June 30, 2026.

Restricted States

California