M-S- Program

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Main Office

Curriculum & Instruction
School of Education
210 Teacher Education Building
225 North Mills Street
MadisonWI  53706

Tel: 608/263.4600
Fax: 608/263.9992

Email: curric@education.wisc.edu
or by contact form

M.S. Program

The M.S. program in the Curriculum and Instruction department prepares students for advanced work in education. In some cases, work leading to the degree prepares students to enter a new career as an educational specialist (e.g., curriculum developer, content-area specialist, school department head, curriculum supervisor, instructional technology specialist, early childhood specialist, or reading teacher). In other cases, it prepares students to perform at a higher level in their existing job. In yet other cases, it prepares students for Ph.D. study.

Motivations for master's degree work include professional updating, maintenance of accreditation, acquisition of new perspectives and skills, development of specialized knowledge, preparation to work with student teachers, preparation for leadership among teachers, and preparation for advanced graduate study. Whatever their personal reasons for pursuing the degree, master's degree students should expect both an atmosphere of intellectual inquiry and the serious academic standards befitting a graduate research program in curriculum and instruction.

For how to apply, see Applying to Graduate Programs.

M.S. Program Handbook (PDF): This handbook provides a comprehensive guide for prospective, entering, and continuing M.S. degree candidates. It describes the current policies regarding admission, course-load requirements, transfer of graduate course credit, program requirements, minimum standards for satisfactory progress toward the degree, and the Master's Examination.

Employment and Funding Opportunities

    • Current Graduate Assistantship Opportunities in the Department
    • Funding Opportunity information through Graduate Student Collaborative: Sign up for GradConnections, a weekly newsletter about leadership, professional development, social, funding, and service opportunities.
    • UW Student Job Center: Focuses on student job opportunities including assistantships in other departments and offices at the university 
    • Office of Fellowships & Funding Resources: Provides assistance to graduate students, staff and faculty on campuswide funding issues, particularly those related to internal and external fellowships.
    • School of Education Fellowships: Through the generosity of alumni, the School of Education offers 10-12 scholarships each year for current graduate students. Information is sent out in early February by the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program Coordinator with the application due in late March. They are awarded later in the spring for the following academic year.
    • The Graduate School Vilas Travel Grant: Grants to support travel for conference presentation and research.

Printable Departmental Forms

Student Organizations

    • CIRCLEup: CIRCLEup is a group of UW-Madison graduate students working to build greater community and support in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
    • Teaching Assistant Association (TAA): TAA represents all graduate teaching and project assistants in negotiating the employment contract under which they work.
    • Graduate Student Collaborative (GSC): GSC serves as a resource and a voice for UW-Madison graduate students within the Graduate School. Through outreach, educational, and social programming, the GSC enhances UW-Madison graduate students' community involvement; professional, academic, and personal development; and quality of life.

Other Resources

    • Graduate School Academic Policies and Procedures: This document (sometimes referred to as “Guidelines” or “Handbook”) helps answer questions about Graduate School academic and administrative policies and procedures.
    • The Guide to Graduate Student Life: Designed by graduate students, this guide offers useful hints for navigating Madison community and being a graduate student.
    • Office of Child Care and Family Resources (OCCFR): Students of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the resources and services of OCCFR, which promotes the development and implementation of a coordinated child care and family support system on campus.

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