Earn your Master’s Degree from Iowa Wesleyan University in less than two years with six convenient start times throughout each year.

You will be earning your Master of Education degree from a nonprofit university whose online programs are nationally ranked for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. You can be confident that your degree will be respected in your field.

Learn from faculty who have a network of professionals in leadership positions while you focus on the big picture leadership requires.

A Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction will increase your knowledge in your field of expertise and your earning potential.

What will the program do for you?

  • Provide you the opportunity to customize your Master of Education by choosing a specialization area that best meets your educational goals;
  • Allow you to explore, understand, critically examine, and solve problems pertaining to education today;
  • Prepare you professionally for career advancement;
  • Help develop advanced knowledge and skills in areas of education; and
  • Provide you access to experienced leaders in the field.

Career Outcomes:

  • K-12 Teacher Leaders
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • College Instructor
  • Anyone wishing to move up in their organization with increased skills and credentials

Affordable Tuition:

You pay one rate per credit hour for graduate programs with no additional fees beyond your books. To review tuition rates and payment plan options, visit Online Tuition

Funding Your Education

We encourage you to apply for federal and other kinds of financial assistance:

  • Financial Aid
  • Employer tuition benefit programs
  • Veterans benefits
  • Military Tuition Assistance
  • 10% tuition discount for employees of partner organizations
  • Payment plans available.

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

(33 credit hours)

Required Professional Foundational Courses: 21 Credit hours

  • EDUC 510 Advanced Assessment
  • EDUC 511 Differentiating Instruction
  • EDUC 512 Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDUC 513 Teacher Leadership
  • EDUC 514 Curriculum Design
  • EDUC 515 Advanced Classroom Management
  • EDUC 590 Action Research Methods or EDUC 591 Thesis Research Methods

Effective Teaching and Instruction Track: 12 credit hours

  • EDUC 520 Effective Teaching and Instruction: Instructional Coaching
  • EDUC 521 Effective Teaching and Instruction: Tiered Instruction (RTI/MTSS)
  • EDUC 522 Effective Teaching and Instruction: Cognition and Instruction; Research Based Instructional Strategies
  • EDUC 523 Effective Teaching and Instruction: Effective Instructional Design (Gradual release, Backward Design)

Students Seeking Admission Must:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
  • Graduate applicants to Iowa Wesleyan University are students who have completed the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree at either a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an institution recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education for International Students
  • Hold/have held teacher licensure or a degree in a related field, such as Educational Foundations.

Admissions Process:


    Complete the online admission application via the IW website:

    Graduate Program Application

    Provide two (2) professional letters of recommendation from a combination of former professors and/or education professionals. Each letter should include the writer’s assessment of the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate program.


    Include an Educational Rationale/Philosophy and Statement of Interest – The applicant should provide a personal philosophy related to prior experience in the field of education. Also included should be an explanation as to why the prospective student is pursuing an IW graduate degree including possible career applications of the degree.


    Submit official transcripts from your undergraduate degree and any graduate coursework.

    Electronic transcripts will be accepted from the National Student Clearinghouse.

    Paper transcripts from the institution may be sent directly to: Iowa Wesleyan University:
    Graduate and Professional Studies
    601 N. Main Street
    Mount Pleasant, IA 52641