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Graduate School of Education: Curriculum
Curriculum and Instruction Master's Degree Program
Formats - Online
The 45-credit online master's degree cohorts in curriculum and
instruction offer educators an opportunity to participate in an innovative
block of coursework toward a master's degree (MA or MS).
By the end of the cohort program, participants will have completed 30
credits toward a master's degree (a total of 45 credits are necessary for
the completed degree). The remaining 15 credits may be transferred into the
program provided they meet the University's transfer credit criteria, or
they may be taken during or after the cohort program is completed.
NOTE: You can transfer 15 credits of AIE courses
toward this Master's Degree if approved by advisor.
Participants are admitted into a "cohort" for two years. All
members proceed as a group. The courses are offered in a one-time sequence
online. Students in the online program remain in their cohort throughout the
duration of the program as their courses are designed exclusively for them.
Applications accepted for:
Convenient access and times
The online classes are fully online and students participate in their class
at least weekly. Online cohorts may take the summer classes in a condensed
format, leaving much of the summers free.
Online students complete 30 credits in two years (e.g., fall 2012-summer
2014) by taking one 3-credit course each term (fall, winter, and spring) and
two 3-credit courses each of the two summers. Upon completion of the cohort
students have 30 credits toward a master's degree in curriculum and
instruction. The remaining 15 credits for the master's degree are the
electives and may be transferred into the program or taken during or after
the cohort section.
Electives (15 credits)
Your elective credits should be selected with the help of your faculty
advisor. Electives for the curriculum and instruction (CI) program are not
limited to CI courses. Students may select courses offered throughout the
Graduate School of Education, Continuing Education, or other departments at
PSU. In some cases, elective credits can be transferred in.
It is a "cohort" because students stay together as a group throughout the
program. Being a part of a cohort enables students to get to know their
cohort colleagues well—colleagues they can rely upon while in the program as
well as call upon after the program.
Practical and cooperative experience
Educators identify, study, and address needs specific to their district or
agency, such as the implementation of an integrated curriculum to support
educational reform, development of teaching strategies, development of
students' higher-level thinking skills, assessment, communication with
parents or clients, and models of change. The entire program is a
cooperative learning experience. Early childhood, elementary, and secondary
teachers work together with University and school personnel, all toward the
goal of improving the K-12 curriculum. Other educators work on issues
specific to their agency.
PSU support services
A Portland State University program manager, an onsite coordinator (for the
off-campus face-to-face programs), and a faculty advisor are assigned to
every cohort. The program manager helps with admission, registration, and
logistical support. The onsite coordinator is responsible for identifying
local resources and assisting with student concerns. Portland State faculty
advisors help students with academic advising. Advising is offered onsite at
least once per year as well as throughout the year via email and telephone
communication. Electronic access to Portland State University's online
library catalog is available, and library materials can be sent directly to
for more information.
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