Master of Arts in Education (Curriculum and Instruction)

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Master of Arts in Education (Curriculum & Instruction)


The Master of Arts in Education (Curriculum & Instruction) is intended for teachers in schools and other educational organizations. With an emphasis on classroom-based research, the program focuses on real-world, hands-on issues that instructors face on a daily basis. Educators will learn to develop and enhance expertise in their particular field of interest related to K-12, after-school, or adult education.

The Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) program is designed for busy professionals and is offered 100% online1. Program coursework will explore critical intellectual questions of contemporary education that are not only of interest to our teacher-leaders, but also children and families in their communities. 


  • 100% online format, with classes designed to fit your busy schedule
  • One-year program with fall, spring and summer semesters
  • Potential to advance your career and transform your practice
  • Gain skills in action research and expand your professional horizon
  • Earn your master’s degree and diploma from Sacramento State


Graduates of this program will discover the knowledge, skills, and solutions needed to lead efforts of meaningful change in their current positions and beyond. Admission as a classified graduate student requires:

  • a baccalaureate degree;
  • a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units;
  • proficiency in written English composition as demonstrated by either passing the Sacramento State Writing Placement for Juniors exam or equivalent, or enrolling in ENGL 109W passing with a grade of C or better;
  • passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST); and
  • an interview with a program administrator/faculty team; interviews will be scheduled at the close of the application period.

All students in the program must have access to a classroom setting in order to complete program requirements.  If you are not a current teacher, please connect with the program staff prior to applying in order to determine how you may be able to meet this requirement.

This program is delivered completely online. If you live outside of California, click here to determine if Sacramento State has secured authorization or exemption to enroll students from other states in its online programs. 


This program is offered in a condensed format of fall, spring and summer semesters in an online format. The program can be completed in one year if 6 units from BTSA/Induction and/or other approved electives are transferred. 

Each course produces an ideal blend of theory, research and practice in one’s own classroom (or in a pre-approved educational setting) along with a culminating experience that is grounded in action research and project based learning. It is essential that students in the program have access to a classroom setting during fall and spring semesters.

While fully online, courses are approximately 25% synchronous (in real time) and 75% asynchronous (on your own schedule within a given time frame).

Click the links below to view the master schedule and online course descriptions 2019-20.

Curriculum & Instruction Master Schedule 2019-20

Curriculum & Instruction Course Descriptions 2019-20