Curriculum and Instruction (M.S.)

  • Master's

About this Program

The Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) program is designed to enrich the certified teacher’s knowledge of research-based teaching and learning in the context of the profession’s shifting landscape. Evening and summer classes make it possible for students to pursue the degree while continuing to teach, thereby strengthening the program's theory-to-practice approach.

Program Overview

Relevant, credible, hybrid

The C&I program consist of a thoughtful balance of hybrid and face-to-face courses, purposefully designed to deliver high-quality learning experiences while accommodating the busy schedule of teaching professionals. Most classes follow a hybrid format, which provides students with flexibility and the convenience of working at home during online class sessions, while the face-to-face meetings bring students together for rich conversations about teaching and learning.  Our small class sizes and discussion-based courses encourage high levels of engagement. The majority of Curriculum & Instruction courses are hybrid, with the capstone research course following a traditional format. 

Hood’s education faculty and adjunct instructors are professional educators in the very fields in which they teach. They know, from everyday experience in local schools, how standards, curriculum, and assessment in today's diverse classrooms affect teaching and learning across all disciplines. They understand what effective inquiry-based learning, differentiation and personalized learning look like in high-performing classrooms. As a direct result, students have the advantage of relevant course content that puts current theory into practice.

Concentration choices, small classes

The C&I program offers concentrations in elementary education, secondary education, elementary school science and mathematics, and special education. Students advance through the master’s program, taking myriad courses that delve into brain-based teaching learning and assessment. The range of courses focus on current best practices, emerging issues, equity and equality. Small classes mean individual support and meaningful opportunities for collaborative work. Many of the courses in the program are offered in a hybrid forma to tap into technology as a blended learning tool.

The Hood Education Department is recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education as an approved Educator Preparation Program provider.

Student & Alumni Testimonials 

"I was drawn to Hood College’s grad school program because of their blended learning environment. I was very interested in an on campus graduate school experience, where I would still have connections with my departmental advisors and professors as opposed to learning completely online." - Joy Nugent, Curriculum & Instruction M.S. '20

* Please note the Curriculum and Instruction master's program is not open to F1 students.

Program Contact

Nick Masucci

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission


Degrees Offered

  • MS
Joy Nugent

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Joy Nugent, Curriculum & Instruction M.S. '20 Alumni Graduate School Graduate Student

"I was drawn to Hood College’s grad school program because of their blended learning environment. I was very interested in an on campus graduate school experience, where I would still have connections with my departmental advisors and professors as opposed to learning completely online."

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Jim Rossi

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Jim Rossi, Curriculum & Instruction M.S. Graduate School Graduate Student

"I chose the Curriculum & Instruction program at Hood College for the program's research-based, pedagogically sound approach to teaching and learning. I can honestly say that each and every course has helped me become a better classroom teacher and a better leader within my school and my district."

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Andrea Robinson-Tejada

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Andrea Robinson-Tejada, Adjunct Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Faculty Graduate School Graduate Student

"Hood is one of a select few colleges in Maryland to offer a support course for National Board Certification candidates. We currently boast a 90% achievement rate among candidates, which is remarkable"

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For students applying to the Curriculum and Instruction program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • Complete the online application
  • Submit one copy of official transcripts from the institution where the highest degree was conferred
  • Write a short essay (approx. 500 words) describing how you anticipate Hood College’s Curriculum & Instruction graduate program will benefit you and your professional goals
  • Submit a copy of your teaching certificate

Once these documents have been submitted to the Graduate School, the applicant will interview with the Program Director after which a decision for admittance into the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program will be made.

An applicant to the graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction must already hold teacher certification. This program does not issue initial teacher certification.

Our Faculty...

are active in national professional organizations and in local schools as supervisors of teacher candidates.

All Faculty
Kristine Calo

Kristine Calo

  • Associate Professor of Education
  • Program Coordinator, Early Childhood Education
Christy Graybeal

Christy Graybeal

  • Professor of Education and Mathematics
  • Chair, Department of Education
  • Program Director, Mathematics Education and Math Instructional Leadership
Rebecca Grove

Rebecca Grove

  • Assistant Professor of Education
  • Program Coordinator, Secondary Education

Tricia K. Strickland

  • Associate Professor of Education
  • Program Coordinator, Elementary & Special Education