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Curriculum and Instruction: M.Ed.

Ouachita’s Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction is perfect for teachers who strive for excellence and view teaching as a calling. The program positions teachers for increased salaries and prepares them for roles such as curriculum specialist and instructional coach. It equips teachers to lead professional learning communities all within the context of our program motto: “Live for God, Love others and Teach all students.”

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Curriculum Specialist

Curriculum Designer

Instructional Designer

Instructional Coach

Academic Director

Education Consultant

Corporate Training Manager

Curriculum and Practice

Teaching as a Calling

Classroom Management and Student Engagement

Instructional Practice and Technology Tools

Education Law and Leadership

Issues in Education

Teaching Diverse Learners

View the Ouachita graduate catalog for a full course listing with course descriptions.

Enter the program at any of five start dates throughout the year, aligned with Spring 1, Spring 2, Summer, Fall 1 and Fall 2 terms.

This fully online program offers classes asynchronously to fit your busy schedule. Plus, the program director offers optional weekly group sessions conducted both in-person and via Zoom.


Online Option



Month Program



Average Salary Increase




“I view teachers with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction as master teachers. In this program, we build upon teachers’ existing knowledge and experience by equipping them with enhanced strategies for delivering instruction, engaging students and building classroom communities for all learners. We will deepen teachers’ understandings of the scope and sequence of curriculum, mastery of data-driven instruction and leadership skills. Most importantly, we have the privilege of doing this within the context of our program motto: ‘Live for God, Love others and Teach all students.’” 

Gail HughesDr. Gail Hughes
program director

Teaching curriculum

Prepare to lead curriculum planning and implementation

Build your skills in curriculum planning by articulating what you teach, when you teach it, why you teach it and how you should teach it. You’ll grow professionally by describing the connections among content areas with a focus on state and national content standards and implementation with high student expectations.

Curriculum & Instruction

Use data to inform your professional leadership

Learn how to use data and the latest trends to improve your own programs and those of your entire professional learning community. These insights will help you plan instruction for all learners that will help close achievement gaps, determine the best technology tools to engage students and design effective instruction for students from diverse backgrounds.


Model character and encourage student growth

Encourage student character and exemplify Biblical ethics in leadership by understanding the relationship between teacher behavior and classroom culture, as well as student motivation, leadership and learning. With an emphasis on personal integrity, courage and perseverance, we model Christ’s love, high standards and learning to establish a culture of growth. 


Live for God, Love others and Teach all students

our motto

Our program’s motto is “Live for God, Love others and Teach all students,” which extends beyond just our academic curriculum. In addition to course content, teachers will be supported in their mission by hands-on projects such as working as a team on a service project at an area school. Additionally, every summer we host a Called to Teach Conference, which is open to all educators, celebrates our mission and equips participants for the next school year.

program details

 Total Hours = 30



Spring 1

EDCI 5113 Curriculum and Practice

EDCI 6423 Applied Learning Theories

Spring 2

EDCI 6213 Program Evaluation

EDCI 6223 Teaching Diverse Learners


EDCI 5313 Teaching as a Calling

EDCI 6323 Education Law and Leadership

Fall 1

EDCI 5413 Classroom Management and Student Engagement

EDCI 6123 Issues in Education

Fall 2

EDCI 6513 Data-Informed Teaching

EDCI 5523 Instructional Practice and Technology Tools


As a full-time student, you can earn your degree in one year by completing two courses in each of our five terms. Part-time students are encouraged to complete at least three courses per year.

All courses are offered online with optional weekly discussion sessions to interact with your peers and professor.

For course descriptions, please see the Graduate Catalog.

Tuition per graduate credit hour: $500
Estimated total tuition and fees for full 30-hour program: $15,345*

*based on full-time attendance

Ouachita Baptist University General Graduate Admissions Requirements:

  • Conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • 2.5 minimum GPA on a 4.0 scale (individual programs will delineate more specifics)
  • Completed application, which includes a personal statement
  • Three references
  • Minimum English proficiency requirements for international students are as follows:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
      At least 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
      At least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
      At least a 6.5 on the IELTS exam


Admissions Requirements for the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction:

  • Meet general university graduate admissions requirements
  • A minimum GPA of 2.750 on a 4.000 scale*

*Conditional admission is considered for applicants who meet all other admissions requirements and have a GPA below 2.750, but not lower than 2.500.

If you’re interested in applying to graduate programs but you’re not a U.S. citizen, contact Angie Schleiff (schleiffa@obu.edubefore submitting an application. Due to visa requirements, requests from non-U.S. citizens are handled on a case-by-case basis and take extra time. Please inquire early in the process.

The State of Arkansas and Ouachita Baptist University requires students to show proof of immunity for MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella). Ouachita Baptist University must receive an immunization record that includes the MMR vaccinations. For more information please click here.



Graduate professional studies


Graduate and Professional Studies at Ouachita seek to be a source of ongoing intellectual and spiritual growth for those pursuing lifelong learning or career advancement. Ouachita fosters community through relationships with classmates and professors in all learning environments. Through innovative modalities, fields and approaches, these programs combine the very best of Ouachita’s more than 130 years of Christ-centered learning with meeting the ongoing and changing needs of the work force.


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