Master of Education (M.Ed./C.A.E.S.) in Curriculum and Instruction

Master of Education (M.Ed./C.A.E.S.) in Curriculum and Instruction

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Curriculum and Instruction is a 30-credit-hour graduate program for students with teaching experience who wish to pursue new interests and extended study.


At a Glance

Number of courses

10 courses, for a total of 30 credits.

Program length

Full time students typically finish in 1–1.5 years.

Start dates

Fall, spring, and summer semesters.


This program prepares teachers to become familiar with different ways to conceptualize a school curriculum, and to consider how school curricula and pedagogical practices can be structured to promote social justice and democratic citizenship.


  • Courses: 10
  • Credits: 30


Students will choose an additional 4 Curriculum & Instruction courses (3 credits each) with the help of their advisor. 

Course Course Title Credit

Theories of Instruction

This course provides an in-depth review of modern instructional models classified into selected families with regard to perception of knowledge, the learner, curriculum, instruction, and evaluation. Each student will be asked to survey models in his/her own field(s) and to select, describe, and defend a personal theory in light of today's educational settings based upon personal experiences, reflection on current research, and contemporary issues central to the education of all learners.


Curriculum Theories and Practice

This course asks teachers to analyze the philosophical underpinnings of educational practices and examine their own philosophies of education to construct meaning and practice from the interplay between their beliefs and alternative theories. Designed for individuals advanced in their professional development.



Students will select 4 electives (3 credits each) with the help of their advisor. 

Course Course Title Credit

Master's Comprehensive Exam

In order to ensure that all students graduating from the master's program have a fundamental understanding of their coursework and the field, they are required to take a comprehensive examination covering the broad areas of the core courses. 




National ranking for Curriculum and Instruction program


Financial Aid

Education should level the playing field. We feel the same way about financial aid.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $8.4 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable. 



  • Assistant Principal of Academics
  • Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Sixth Grade Teacher
  • High School History Teacher
  • Director of Exhibits
  • Court Procedures Attorney
  • First Grade Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Mathematics Instructor
  • School Principal & ELL Coordinator


  • St. John's Preparatory School
  • Littleton Public Schools
  • Papillion La Vista School District
  • Concord-Carlisle Regional School District
  • Museum of Science
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Needham Public Schools
  • Steppingstone Foundation
  • North Attleborough Public Schools




Application & Deadlines

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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required; however, this fee is waived for select applicants.



  • Regular decision — 1/6
  • Rolling Admission — Until 7/15
  • Intl. Applicants — Until 7/1


  • Regular Decision — 11/1


  • Regular Decision — 4/1


To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Letters of Recommendation

Identification of recommenders/instructions to recommenders are outlined in the online Application Form.

Two letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants may submit one additional recommendation of their choice. 


Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in lieu of official transcripts for the application review process. In the event that one is admitted into a program and enrolls, our office will need official transcripts prior to course registration. To expedite application processing times, our office encourages you to send unofficial transcripts electronically to our email address at GSOE@BC.EDU. Please note that unofficial transcripts must include all of the following items:

  • Course titles and grades for each course
  • Year and entry term for each of the courses listed
  • Translated into English by certified translation agent (if not already in English)
    • Original and translated transcripts must be provided

If you are able to secure official transcripts, please note the following:

  • An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.
  • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.
  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in to ensure it is received by our office. 

Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

Submitting GRE test scores is optional and not required for 2022 entry term(s). If you wish to send GRE scores, the Lynch School GRE code is 3218.

Writing Sample

Not required.

International Students

International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education and Human Development.

Requirements for International Students

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