Master of Arts in Education (Curriculum and Instruction)

Master's Master's DegreeOnline1 – 1.5 years

Master of Arts in Education (Curriculum & Instruction)


The Master of Arts in Education (Curriculum & Instruction) is intended for teachers in schools and other educational organizations. With an emphasis on classroom-based research, the program focuses on real-world, hands-on issues that instructors face on a daily basis. Educators will learn to develop and enhance expertise in their particular field of interest related to K-12, after-school, or adult education.

The Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) program is designed for busy professionals and is offered 100% online1. Program coursework will explore critical intellectual questions of contemporary education that are not only of interest to our teacher-leaders, but also children and families in their communities. 

“My professors are accessible and eager to support my work, and I appreciate that every assignment has a purpose.”

– Deepti Reim, student


  • 100% online format, with classes designed to fit your busy schedule
  • One-year program with fall, spring and summer semesters
  • Potential to advance your career and transform your practice
  • Gain skills in action research and expand your professional horizon
  • Earn your master’s degree and diploma from Sacramento State


Graduates of this program will discover the knowledge, skills, and solutions needed to lead efforts of meaningful change in their current positions and beyond. Admission as a classified graduate student requires:

  • a baccalaureate degree;
  • a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units;
  • proficiency in written English composition as demonstrated by either passing the Sacramento State Writing Placement for Juniors exam or equivalent, or enrolling in ENGL 109W passing with a grade of C or better; 
  • be a practicing teacher (TK-university) at the start of the program and have regular access to a classroom of students in order to engage in research; and 
  • an interview with a program administrator/faculty team may be required.

All students in the program must have access to a classroom setting in order to complete program requirements.  If you are not a current teacher, please connect with the program staff prior to applying in order to determine how you may be able to meet this requirement.


This program is offered in a condensed format of fall, spring and summer semesters in an online format. The program can be completed in one year if 6 units from BTSA/Induction and/or other approved electives are transferred. 

Each course produces an ideal blend of theory, research and practice in one’s own classroom (or in a pre-approved educational setting) along with a culminating experience that is grounded in action research and project based learning. It is essential that students in the program have access to a classroom setting during fall and spring semesters.

While fully online, courses are approximately 25% synchronous (in real time) and 75% asynchronous (on your own schedule within a given time frame).

Click the links below to view the master schedule and online course descriptions 2019-20.


The program cost is $495 per unit or $1,485 per course. Total program cost is $11,880 (for 24 units). However, if you don’t have 6 transferable units from BTSA/Induction and/or other approved electives, you will need to take 2 additional electives (6 units), which would be an additional $2,970. You can pay for each course as you enroll. 

Application fees include the $70 non-refundable university application fee paid online through CSU Apply, and a $50 departmental fee which is paid upon formal admission to the program.  Admitted students will be given instructions for how to pay the $50 departmental fee.

Note: At Sacramento State, we strive to offer the highest quality educational programs at an affordable cost.  While the course fees for many graduate programs have remained constant for 5 years, fees may likely increase in Fall 2024 in order to continue providing the highest quality program.