Master of Arts in Education Degree in Secondary Education - Curriculum and Instruction Option (Non-Certification Plan)

*The Curriculum and Instruction option does not meet the requirements for the Class A Professional Educator Certification in Alabama.

The Master of Arts in Education Degree in Secondary Education - Curriculum and Instruction Option is an online program* designed for individuals who wish to have professional development training in Instructional Design or who wish to work as educators outside of the traditional school environment.  Students will take a 15 hour core in Education and a 15 hour focus area which will be created based on the career goals of the student. Focus areas will be chosen with the assistance of the graduate advisor.  The flexibility of the focus areas is important due to the wide range of applications in the field of Education.  The Curriculum and Instruction option requires 30 hours of course work.

*(Additional focus areas may be available with hybrid or on-campus options.  Please consult C&I advisor for focus area options.)


Variable, but as few
as 1-2 years


Mode Offered



Why North Alabama?

With roots tracing back to 1872 as the first state-supported teachers’ college south of the Ohio River, the College of Education and Human Sciences at North Alabama has a rich history of preparing high-quality educators. Our work has expanded to include preparing practitioners and researchers in the fields of education, health, and wellness. We believe that healthy minds and healthy bodies coupled with a desire for knowledge can nurture individuals who are game-changers for the communities of Northwest Alabama, the Southeast Region of the United States, and the world.

Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) in Secondary Education - Curriculum and Instruction Option (Non-Certification Plan)

Education Core

ED 601

Methods of Educational Research


ED 605

Curriculum Development


ED 615

Introduction to Education


ED 625

Digital Literacy Instructional Context


Select one course from the following:


ED 603

Trends, Issues, and Diversity in Learning

ED 610

Multicultural Issues of Teaching ESOL

ED 634

Advanced Methods of Teaching in Grades 6-12

ED 643

History and Philosophy of Education

ED 644

Ethics and Education

ED 655

Evaluation in Modern Education

ED 697

Special Topics in Education

Focus Area


15 hours from content area teaching field (i.e. English, History, Math), Instructional Design or additional courses in Education.

Total Hours



All programs are approved by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) and are accredited through Spring 2028 by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Admissions requirements

Curriculum and Instruction Option Prerequisites

  1. Preparation:  must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in an appropriate field of study from an institution that meets the general admission requirements for graduate study at UNA.
  2. Scholastic achievement: minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) on undergraduate work for unconditional admission.
  3. Candidates with an overall grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) on undergraduate coursework may be conditionally admitted, but must successfully complete 12 hours achieving a GPA of 3.0 or above (with no grades below “B”) in order to be moved to unconditional status.
  4. International candidates must submit WES, ECE, or an approved international credential evaluation to determine if any additional prerequisite courses are needed. International candidates must also meet English language proficiency requirements with appropriate TOEFL/IELTS score or successful completion of UNA Academic English Program (AEP).

Tuition and Aid

Online: $350 per credit hour plus a $50 distance learning fee with no out-of-state tuition or other, traditional fees.

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Tuition Cost

Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) in Curriculum and Instruction

Online: $400 per credit hour for 30 credit hours.

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