Graduate Programs in Curriculum Studies

UNCW’s Watson College of Education offers two graduate programs in Curriculum Studies:

  • M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies for Equity
  • Add-on Licensure in Curriculum & Instruction

These programs are designed to provide current and future curriculum leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to imagine, design and transform the learning experiences of a diverse population of students through new approaches to pedagogy, learning and community engagement that foster a culture of inclusion and equity.

“As the U.S. population grows more racially and ethnically diverse, curriculum leaders need to expand their repertoires, embrace diverse approaches to learning and inquiry and become critically conscious about what and how we teach.”  Donna DeGennaro, WCE Professor

WCE’s M.Ed. and Add-on licensure programs in curriculum studies focus on:

  • Pedagogy: Critical questioning and analyzing traditional curriculum and its implications on educating racially, ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse learners in classrooms and communities.
  • Learning: Engage in activities that model ways to include local knowledge and collaboratively generate meaning which give way to multi-dimensioned connections to content.
  • Community Engagement: Bridge research and practice as you integrate academic and community research, enabling experienced locals to contribute to curriculum goals and development.

Program Features

  • Flexible online synchronous classes designed to accommodate working professionals
  • Dedicated faculty with expertise in curriculum studies and equity in education
  • A cohort model that fosters engagement and critical community building
  • Preparation that leads to a Curriculum Specialist License in North Carolina for qualified educator

Who Should Apply?

WCE’s Curriculum Studies programs are designed for classroom teachers, school administrators, teacher educators and other professionals in a variety of educational settings including museum and nonprofit organizations who are interested in enhancing the learning experiences of racially, ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

  • M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies for Equity

Candidates will complete 30 credit hours of courses and participate in research projects and applied learning experiences. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in any field are eligible to apply.

  • Add-on Licensure program in Curriculum & Instruction

Candidates will complete 12-18 credit hours of graduate-level courses. Teachers with a N.C. teachers license are eligible to apply.