Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) | C&I | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Education and Human Services

Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) | C&I | SIU

Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)

Each candidate’s program is planned in consultation with a faculty adviser from the program area selected by the student, with consideration for the student’s interests, experience, and program area.

Nondeclared graduate students are advised to consult with the department chair concerning admission to the master’s program. A student desiring teacher licensing (preschool, elementary, secondary, or K-12) must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and must follow the teacher licensing entitlement process established by SIU in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education. The MSEd program in Curriculum and Instruction does not lead to an initial teaching license.



Admission to the master’s program requires at least a 2.7 GPA for the last 60 hours of the bachelor’s degree as well as the recommendation of the program area faculty. A TOEFL score of at least 550 (220 computerized score) is also required for international students. Students must maintain an overall 3.0 graduate GPA to be retained in the master’s program. The progress of each student is reviewed periodically. Students who do not make satisfactory progress, or who violate the regulations of the department, college, or university may be dropped from the program.


The Master of Science in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction requires the completion of a minimum of 32 or 36 hours of course work, depending on the research requirement selected. At least 15 of the required semester hours must be at the 500 level and taken at SIU. The student must also meet Curriculum and Instruction core course requirements, research requirements, and program area requirements.

No more than 6 semester hours of credit earned at another NCATE/TEAC- accredited or equivalent college or university may be accepted toward this degree. All transfer credits must be approved by the coordinator of the student’s program area.

The Master of Science in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction requires a nine-semester hour professional core and program area courses (12 to 15 semester hours).

The professional core consists of:

  • CI 500 - Research Methods in Education
  • CI 503 - Introduction to the Curriculum
  • CI 504 - Systematic Approaches to Instruction

All professional core courses must be completed with a grade of C or better, and an overall grade point average of 3.0 must be obtained for the professional core.


  • Complete application (online)
  • Submit all official transcripts from institutions of higher education attended;
  • Submit an official transcript with the bachelor’s degree posted and have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.7 (4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of the bachelor’s program;
  • Pay application fee by credit card online
  • International students must also submit an official diploma in the native language and in English, a passport photo copy, transcripts in native language and English, and have a TOEFL score of at least 550. The TOEFL test score must be no more than two years old. An IELTS score can be submitted in lieu of the TOFEL score. A score of at least 6.5 is required.
  • Send official transcripts and test scores to: Coordinator of Graduate Studies; Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Southern Illinois University; 625 Wham Drive, MC 4610; Carbondale, IL 62901.