Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Program details

Total credit hours: 36 
Program start date
: Ongoing
 options are available for some courses
 the program of study in the current catalog
Program Director: Erin Ocón,


For additional information, consider attending our Virtual Info Session on October 27:

Lewis & Clark offers an individually designed course of study for teachers wishing to engage in advanced study and improve their professional practice. Participants in this program hold a valid Oregon teaching license and bachelor’s degree. The Curriculum and Instruction program provides maximum flexibility and allows masters degree candidates to identify their individual learning needs and select appropriate courses in education and academic content. The course of study is planned in consultation with a faculty advisor. As part of the M.Ed. program, students complete one or more endorsements or certificates in the areas of ESOL, Reading Intervention, Special Education: Generalist, the Teacher Leadership for Equity and Social Justice Certificate, and/or the Oregon Writing Project Certificate in the Teaching of Writing.

Embed an Endorsement or Certificate in Your Program

As part of the M.Ed. program, students choose to complete coursework toward one or more endorsements or certificates in the following areas:

What to Expect

The main features of this program are that it can function as a self-designed professional development plan for the teacher and includes one or more endorsement. No matter what endorsement(s) a teacher chooses to focus on, the program will be emphasize social justice, equity, and social-emotional learning. 

Classes in the graduate school at Lewis & Clark emphasize an active exchange of ideas, problem solving based on case studies presented by students, thoughtful reviews of current research and literature in the profession, and a focus on learning to present one’s finding in a thoughtful and professional manner. Classes are small and led by outstanding scholar/practitioners. Our goal is for every graduate to leave more excited about and more capable of improving their own practice and helping other educators do the same.

Most students who enroll in this program are currently teaching and arrange to take advantage of our flexible schedule of weekend, evening, and summer classes. Several courses are offered in online and/or hybrid formats, and classes are also often offered in district-affiliated cohorts. Many students take one evening course a semester and several courses in the summer. Potential students should arrange to speak with an advisor to discuss options for scheduling.

Expectations for Admission

This program is best suited for practicing educators who are committed to creating school environments that enhance the learning of all students. We seek students who are deeply committed to PK-12 teaching and enjoy actively examining and improving their own work and the manner in which they and their colleagues create communities of support.

The program is designed for individuals who have a valid, regular Oregon teaching license and want to expand their knowledge in instructional practices and/or content related to teaching PK-12 students by earning a master’s degree. The vast majority of candidates will have only a bachelor’s degree.

Apply Now

You can find admissions requirement information and an online application at the Graduate Admissions Office website.

For more information, or to make an appointment with a faculty advisor, contact the office of Teacher Education at 503-768-6100 or

For Current Students

Wish to continue your Inservice studies?

Students currently enrolled in an Inservice degree or endorsement program who would like to continue their Inservice studies in another endorsement program may be eligible for an abbreviated application process. Please complete the form below.

Inservice Request to Add Program Application