Texas Tech University

Curriculum & Instruction Master's Degree with a Concentration in Curriculum Studies/Teacher Education

The concentration in CSTE is designed to meet the diverse needs of educational practitioners, curriculum development specialists, assessment and evaluation specialists, and those looking to start along the pathway toward educational research and a PhD degree. Our students who graduate with master's degrees in a CSTE concentration will go on to work as:

  • Master Teachers
  • Teacher Coaches
  • District-level Specialists in Curriculum Development
  • District-level Specialists in Evaluation
  • District-level Specialists in Teacher Training and Professional Development
  • District-level Content Pedagogy Specialists
  • Human Resource Development Specialists in Corporate Environments
  • Education Experts in Non-Profit Corporations
  • Graduate Students Pursuing Further Degrees

In CSTE, we strive to create relationships with our students, and between our students and their communities. The capstone courses, and the trademark outcomes for our degree, include a community outreach experience where students work with a school or other educational partner to understand the community needs, and then develop an action plan to try and address those needs. Our students are given on-the-ground experience with:

  • Working with community partners
  • Inquiry and research into real world educational problems
  • On-the-ground experience in developing and deploying a plan to address those educational problems

We believe that our program will offer experiences to our students that are unique, and that will better prepare the student to create positive impact in their schools and communities. The trademark outcomes for CSTE graduates are:

  • Develop experience in community needs-based inquiry.
  • Engage in community needs-based intervention.

The student learning outcomes, addressed in all of the courses, are designed to support those trademark outcomes. Every course seeks, in some way, to support the program's 3 student learning outcomes (SLOs):

  • SLO 1: Master's degree students in CSTE will be responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
  • SLO 2: Master's degree students in CSTE will think systematically about their practice and engage in community needs-based inquiry.
  • SLO 3: Master's degree students in CSTE will engage in community needs-based intervention.

For more information about the courses, please see the following document:

CSTE Coursework

C&I Master's Program Handbook

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Degrees Offered

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, concentration in Curriculum Studies/Teacher Education (CSTE).

Online / Synchronous Expectations of the Master's in C&I program

The Master's Degree programs in C&I can be completed completely online, but there are courses that require mandatory synchronous meetings via virtual meetings and video conferencing software.

  • Coursework: Most C&I master's online classes have synchronous meetings via Zoom to maximize the effectiveness of teaching and learning; those classes may or may not require attendance at synchronous sessions as a part of the course grade. If such courses have mandatory synchronous meetings, they are noted at the time of registration (so you will know before signing up).

Mode of Delivery


Application Materials

College Transcripts – Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the Graduate School application. Information on submitting official transcripts will be provided to you by the Graduate School. Grade reports or unofficial transcripts from university web portals will not be accepted. Please redact the Social Security Number anywhere it appears on your transcript. If documents are written in a language other than English, a copy of a complete and official English translation must be provided with the original language records.

  • Due to ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School has temporarily changed its admission requirements regarding test scores. The GRE may optionally be submitted by applicants for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 academic years, through the Summer 2024 application cycle. International applicants may use certain alternate exams in place of the TOEFL. Please visit the Graduate Admissions COVID-19 FAQ page for more information.

Required Supplemental Application Materials

Resume, Three Professional Recommendations, Two Writing Samples, Applicant Statement.

Application Process

Please visit the Graduate Application Process for more information on how to apply.

Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

If you wish to be considered for scholarships and other funding opportunities, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis, please complete your application by the following dates:

  • November 15th for the Spring semester
  • April 15th for the Summer semesters
  • July 15th for the Fall semester

Semester in which the program can be started

Continuous enrollment, students may begin coursework during any semester.

Required Hours to Completion

36 hours of coursework.

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Allowable Transfer Hours

6 hours maximum. Graduate School rules regarding transfer hours apply.

Financial Aid

Scholarships and assistantships for master's students are available through the Office of Graduate Education and Research in the College of Education.

Tuition & Fees

Use the Student Business Services Tuition Estimator to estimate your costs.


Chance WebbAcademic Advisor / AdmissionsOffice of Graduate Admissions & Enrollmentgradadmissions.educ@ttu.edu 806-834-6768


Fast Facts

  • Delivery: Online
  • Hours to Completion: 36
  • Now accepting applications for: All Semesters
  • Maximum Transfer Hours: 6