Online M.Ed. in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction

Online Master of Education in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction

The University of Maine’s online Masters in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction teaches you how to use research-based knowledge, field-tested experience, and the latest technology to meet the changing needs of students and schools. You’ll learn equitable and socially just instructional practices and curriculum development strategies that satisfy the needs of a diverse classroom.

Educators design our cooperative program for educators, allowing you to choose concentrations where you’ll have the most significant impact within a flexible online experience.

Why UMaineOnline

  • Earn your degree from anywhere. Our program is 100% online, so you can learn when you want, wherever you are.
  • Same high-quality education as on-campus. Courses are designed and taught by on-campus faculty passionate about online teaching.
  • Learn from experienced faculty who are leaders in their field. We’re Maine’s largest provider of undergraduate and graduate professional education programs and educational policy research.
  • We keep our classes small. Smaller class sizes encourage debate, inquiry, and discussion based on real experiences and current issues.


Our curriculum is designed with professional educators in mind. Core and action research courses explore the foundations of curriculum, assessment, and instruction and our specializations allow you to focus on an area that speaks to your interests and helps you meet your goals. Throughout your coursework, you’ll work closely with a faculty advisor to ensure the program meets your needs.

Core Courses

The following core courses are required (12 credits):

  • EHD 519: Formative Assessments: Research, Practice and Policy (3 credits)
  • EHD 521: Classroom Practice to Improve Learning (3 credits)
  • EHD 533: Dynamics of the Curriculum (3 credits)
  • EHD 541: Prevention and Intervention in School Settings (3 credits)

Action Research Courses

Students complete an action research project as their degree capstone. The project is required and is considered part of the core. Generally completed during your final year of study, the project showcases the skills you’ve gained over the course of the program. These courses will guide you through the project. (6 credits)

  • EHD 586: Seminar: Action Research in PreK-12 Schools (3 credits)
  • EHD 587: Practicum: Action Research in PreK-12 Schools (3 credits)


Students can design their own specialization or choose an existing online graduate certificate. (15 credits)

Certificates as Specializations (9-12 credits)

For certificate programs that are fewer than 15 credits, students will work with an advisor to select additional courses in addition to those offered in the certificate program to meet the required 15 credits. Graduate certificates that can be used as specializations are:

Note: Certificate programs require a separate application. However, application fees are waived for students currently enrolled in the M.Ed. in Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction program. An advisor can answer any questions you may have about additional admission requirements for certificate programs.  

Individually Designed Specializations (15 credits)

You’ll work with an experienced advisor to build a custom specialization with courses from other education programs or fields in a content area such as English, Literacy, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Language, or Math.

For questions about the program curriculum, structure, and goals contact the program coordinator, Rebecca Buchanan.

Course Schedule


We have rolling admissions so you can apply and be accepted into the program at any time. However, the following priority deadlines are recommended:

  • Fall semester: May 1
  • Spring semester: October 1
  • Summer semester: March 1

Applications will still be reviewed after these dates, but acceptance may be deferred for the next semester.


  • Current experience teaching in a K-12 classroom (this program does NOT lead to certification)
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university with a 3.0 cumulative GPA

Application Materials

We have rolling admissions so you can apply and be accepted into the program at any time. The admission evaluation process begins once we’ve received all your application materials. Before you apply, please review the application instructions. When you’re ready to apply, please submit the following:

  • An online application
  • Current resume or CV
  • An essay describing your motivation for obtaining an M.Ed. in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation (optional, but recommended for those with less than a 3.0)

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Have questions about earning an M.Ed. in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction online with UMaine? Contact Amanda Cupps, UMaineOnline Senior Advisor, at 207.581.3452 or at

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The demand for instructional coordinators is growing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the overall employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 10% from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 20,400 openings instructional coordinators are projected each year, on average, over the decade. And as of 2020, the median pay is $66,970  annually.

Our graduates have gone on to be teacher leaders, curriculum coordinators, and specialists in areas such as literacy, science, and special education.


Our faculty is comprised of experienced educators who conduct research in the areas they teach. Their passion and expertise will help you grow as a professional educator and life-long learner.

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