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Why Pursue a Master's Degree in Curriculum Instruction

The Curriculum and Instruction Program features both breadth and quality. Students can choose from a variety of possibilities relating to teacher leadership in curriculum, curriculum development and administration, and specialties in curriculum focused on specific subject-matter areas. Additionally, this program boasts relevance to a variety of professional contexts from early childhood to middle school and secondary to higher education and other adult learning situations.

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Curriculum Instruction

MACI+T program

The MA in Curriculum and Instruction offers students the opportunity to fast-track their teaching journey with the MACI+T program. This program allows you to earn a teaching certificate while pursuing your Master of Arts degree, all in the time it would take to seek an alternative certification program online or through a regional service center. The MACI+T program was designed for people looking for a change in career path or for those with a bachelor’s degree who want to pursue the field of education. Program graduates will be able to teach at the middle or secondary levels or choose to pursue teaching education, learning, and career development at the undergraduate level in community colleges and universities.

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Curriculum and Instruction (MA)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) Departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level.
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  English Language Proficiency 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS / Duolingo 100
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Application Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Curriculum and Instruction (MA)
Timing on Admission Decision: Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on a rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
Application Deadlines for: Priority International Domestic
Summer 2024 April 1 May 1
Fall 2024 June 1 August 1
Spring 2025 November 1 December 1
Summer 2025 April 1 May 1

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Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.

Standard CI Program

MACI courses are offered once a week from 6:00 to 8:45 pm Monday – Thursday during the Fall and Spring semesters. During the Summer, courses are offered two or three days a week during each of the five-week sessions or during the eight-week session. Summer courses may be offered during the day, but are mostly offered in the evening. This program is housed on the UTSA Main Campus, but courses are taught across both Main and Downtown Campus.

MACI+T program

MACI+T courses are offered once a week and are mostly offered in the Spring and Fall due to required field experiences in public schools. Students must be able to attend field experiences and clinical teaching during the day while in the program. This program is housed on the UTSA Main Campus, but courses are taught across both Main and Downtown Campus.

Michelle Muenich, UTSA program advisor

Student Development Specialist

Michelle Muenich