Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Education
Location(s): Online; Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND; Tempe, AZ; Watford City, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Master of Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Graduate degree; Master of Education (M.Ed.)

In the M.Ed. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment program at the University of Mary, you will develop skills to improve student achievement and provide quality education to a diverse classroom. The graduate program culminates in a capstone project where you have the option of completing a thesis or preparing a comprehensive portfolio.

The Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment master’s degree program is ideal for licensed teachers and for teaching professionals who are seeking additional credentials and endorsements. If you have a bachelor's degree in English, social studies, history, business, math, biology, or physical education and are seeking secondary teacher licensure, you may be able to earn a North Dakota teacher's license as you pursue this master's degree.

The Master of Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment is offered as a blended program that combines online and on-site evening classes. You can also conveniently earn your curriculum, instruction, and assessment degree online.

Master of Education Program Highlights

Earn your master’s degree in an accredited graduate program at an affordable, private, Catholic university. A Master of Education degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from the University of Mary will both expand your professional expertise and enhance your employment options:

  • Develop the skills to assume a leadership role in your school and in the broader field of education.
  • Earn your degree in a blended program that combines the convenience of online study with valuable face-to-face time in the classroom.
  • Gain a strong balance of theory and application with courses that are delivered by a combination of highly qualified full-time faculty and experienced practicing teachers and administrators.
  • Learn in a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values that will enrich your career and your everyday life.

Core Courses (15-16 semester credits):
EDU 531 Ethics in Education and Human Performance (2)
EDU 551 Critique and Design of Research (2)
(It is strongly suggested that EDU 551 be taken prior to EDU 565.)

EDU 565 Statistics (3)
EDU 567 Diversity in Culture and Human Relations (2)
EDU 608 Foundations in Education (2)

Thesis Option:
EDU 700 Research Seminar I (1)
EDU 701 Research Seminar II (1)
EDU 704 Research Presentation (3)

Portfolio Option:
EDU 705 Portfolio Preparation (2)
EDU 706 Portfolio Presentation (2)

Emphasis Area Requirements (13 semester credits):
EDU 566 School Curriculum K-12 (3)
EDU 570 Differentiated Instruction (3)
EDU 620 Integrating Technology (2)
EDU 637 Educational Assessment (3)
EDU 645 School and Family Relations (2)


Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Individuals holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 overall, or 2.75 during the last two years of the undergraduate degree, or 3.0 in a major field will be admitted to begin graduate study.

Individuals seeking a North Dakota credential or endorsement must hold a bachelor’s degree in education from an accredited institution, have the appropriate North Dakota licensure and years of experience, as well as the required coursework, to be recommended for North Dakota credentialing or endorsement by the University of Mary Department of Education.

In most cases, the requirements listed below must be met prior to admission for graduate study. In addition, a student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in order to continue in the graduate program in education. To complete the application process, please submit:

  • Completed application (to include goal statement)
  • Current teacher education licensure (unless seeking licensure)
  • Two letters of reference
  • Resume identifying appropriate experience
  • Application/enrollment fee

Graduate credit earned at other institutions may be accepted toward a degree at the University of Mary. Upon approval, up to one-third of the required credits may be transferred as part of the graduate degree.

Dr. Brenda Tufte - [email protected] - Chair, Graduate Education

For information about the graduate education program, please contact Dr. Brenda Tufte at [email protected] or the University of Mary Admissions Office at (800) 288-MARY.

If you are considering a Master of Education degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, you might also be interested in the following graduate education programs at the University of Mary: