Graduate Programs


Students in the Curriculum and Instruction graduate program at The University of Toledo are highly motivated and skilled. They are leaders, not followers.  

Our students: 

  • Are immersed in the latest educational research 
  • Are adept in employing multiple change strategies 
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills 

The Judith Herb College of Education is proud to offer the first online Ph.D. program in Ohio — a doctoral degree in special education curriculum and instruction. 

UToledo offers three graduate degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, with various concentrations: 

Master of Education (M.E.) 

  • For those who wish to become more effective educators or who want a career in educational research 
  • Gain greater expertise in developing curriculum, designing instruction, and assessing and understanding the needs of learners. 
  • Complete the 10-course curriculum on campus and online. 

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) 

  • For advanced practitioners with a passion for teaching who want more specialized preparation in a particular area 
  • Advance your career and increase your knowledge without the rigorous research focus of a Ph.D. program.  

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

  • For teachers and supervisors involved with the curriculum, teaching and supervision aspects of discipline-centered areas of study 
  • Develops researchers and advanced professionals in education 
  • Take research courses and classes based on your interests and goals. The program culminates with completion and presentation of dissertation research. 
  • Doctoral students can concentrate in: 
    • Curriculum and instruction 
    • Educational technology 
    • Early childhood 
    • Special education 

Top Reasons to Study curriculum and instruction at UToledo

  1. Flexibility.
    Evening and online courses make it easier for working professionals to pursue a graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction at UToledo.
  2. A high-quality value.
    Our successful alumni are proof that our master’s and doctoral programs can compete with programs at major universities.
  3. First online Ph.D. program in Ohio.
    Earn an online doctoral degree in special education curriculum and instruction. Part-time students can finish the doctoral program in less than five years by taking six credit hours each semester, including summers. 
  4. Graduate assistantships.
    Provide financial support and allow students to work closely with faculty in their areas of interest. Assistantships funded by externally supported research projects also may be available. 


Faculty in UToledo’s Curriculum and Instruction program are talented, nationally recognized teachers and researchers. They are committed to our students, as well as the larger community.  

Master’s, Ed.S. and Ph.D. students work closely with expert faculty or conduct research on their own. Students have opportunities to research, present at national conferences and author articles with program faculty. 

Faculty research interests include: 

  • Development and research of online decision-making simulations  
  • Equity and social justice in funding for elementary and secondary education 
  • Analysis of classroom discourse and the processes of learning to teach literacy in culturally diverse settings 
  • Scientific literacy 
  • Multicultural/multiethnic studies focusing on Native Americans’ character education 
  • Pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and learning progressions for science teachers 
  • Integration of technology into the curriculum to enhance the teaching and learning processes 
  • Relationships between early education policy (with a particular focus on public pre-kindergarten and Head Start) and the lived experiences of teachers 
  • Giftedness and gifted education 
  • Impact of learning communities on student learning, the Reggio Emilia approach and children’s play 


What jobs can I get with a curriculum and instruction degree?

UToledo students with graduate degrees in curriculum and instruction find positions as: 

  • Curriculum directors and administrators of school districts 
  • Directors of five-star daycare facilities 
  • Gifted coordinators 
  • State support-team members 








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Last Updated: 8/23/23