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Curriculum and Instruction (MEd)

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.

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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Applications are currently being accepted. Contact Program Director Lina Darwich at ldarwich@lclark.edu with questions or for more information.

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 must already hold a valid Oregon teaching license and bachelor’s degree. The Curriculum and Instruction program provides maximum flexibility and allows master’s 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.


Program Overview

Total credit hours: 36
Program start date: ongoing
Program director: Lina Darwich


A Fully Customized Master of Education Program

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.

Embed an Endorsement or Certificate

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

Lauren Wilkin, MEd Curriculum and Instruction '21

I especially loved my reading classes because I was able to talk with other educators and find out how I could diversify my classroom library so my students felt seen and represented. I have learned how to authentically incorporate culture, race, identity into my classroom in meaningful ways.”

Curriculum and Instruction, MEd
Graduate, Class of 2021

Deeply Committed to Social Justice

At Lewis & Clark, our social justice mission is more than a talking point—it’s fully integrated into nearly every aspect of our programs. From the courses we offer and the texts we assign to the faculty members we hire, we strive to facilitate meaningful conversations around social justice topics and teach you how to incorporate equity into your teaching practice to better serve your future students, schools, and the larger community. You’ll graduate with a clear sense of how to enact social justice teaching in your classroom, be empowered to drive change in education, and create a lasting impact on student’s lives.


Resources for Current Students