MA in Curriculum And Instruction: Math And Science Education

University of Colorado Boulder - Graduate Distance Education

Online Boulder, CO Public Regional Accreditation

Program at a Glance

Yes 100% online
Per credit hour for tuition
30 credit hours required for graduation
total estimated cost
Yes transfer credits accepted
No 100% flexible class times
16 weeks average course length
No minimum
min. completion time


Online Master of Arts (MA) in Curriculum and Instruction: Math and Science Education at the University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is the flagship campus of the University of Colorado system and is globally recognized for its world-class research and a faculty that includes numerous Nobel Prize laureates. An innovator and leader in the distance education field for more than 45 years, CU Boulder connects students to its campus from anywhere in the world anytime through its distance education delivery platform.

The distance education platform gives students access to a variety of graduate programs, including masters degrees, certificates, and individual courses, allowing CU-Boulder online distance education students to earn the same degrees and have the same resources as on-campus students. 

Master of Arts (MA) in Curriculum and Instruction: Math and Science Education program overview

The MA in Math and Science Education program is part of the Curriculum and Instruction area in the School of Education. This program is ideal for practicing teachers. It allows them to develop more in-depth expertise in the teaching and learning of mathematics and science and develop their own content knowledge in these disciplines. It also enables them to gain more understanding of how curriculum and instructional methods can be customized to promote K through 12 students' knowledge of mathematics and science.

Coursework focuses on foundations of education, foundations of learning, and subject matter knowledge and pedagogy. The program consists of 30 semester hours of coursework that meets the following requirements:

- 3 semester hours for learning and/or development

- 3 semester hours for curriculum, educational research, or foundations of education

- 12 semester hours for curriculum and instruction in mathematics or science education

- 9 semester hours of electives

- 3 semester hours for a capstone course

In the first semester of the program, students work with advisers to develop degree plans that reflect their academic and career needs. Course offerings vary, so careful degree planning is essential for completing the program within the four-year timeframe.

Course delivery

All students have automatic access to online course lectures (streaming or downloading) beginning the first day until the last day of the semester. Recorded lectures are uploaded to the portal within 24 hours after the lecture has been taught on campus. Students have the option to participate live from a distance in the real-time classroom experience and/or view the lectures asynchronously as it fits their schedule.

Library Courses, those that have been recorded in previous semesters, are available to take for academic credit with the instructor’s approval.

World-class faculty

Faculty members in the School of Education are experts in their areas. They are also accomplished scholars who collaborate with others to produce internationally recognized research. As teachers and mentors, they help each student create and complete courses of study that will help them achieve academic and professional goals.

Dr. Valerie Otero has expertise in several areas including cognitive perspectives, educational transformation, learning processes, physics education research, sociocultural theories and perspectives, and STEM. Her research examines the learning environment and its influences on students' ideas. She has written numerous articles and book chapters and presented her research at many conferences.

Dr. Edd V. Taylor explores the relationship between young people's daily cultural practices and their mathematical thinking. He aims to understand how children and adolescents develop mathematical ideas and how their cultural practices can potentially be used to address equitable learning in classrooms. His research has been published in periodicals like the "Journal of the Learning Sciences," "Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education," and "Journal of Research in Mathematics Education."

Financial assistance

CU-Boulder offers a variety of financial assistance options for online distance graduate students. These include loans, grants, military and company tuition assistance programs.

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Prerequisites & Transfer Credits

Minimum GPA

Out of 4.0

Standardized Tests


requiredfor admission

Transfer Credits Accepted?


Must be from an accredited institution.


Services, Schedule, Reputation, Instructors and Student Info

Services Offered

Online Office Hours
Online Chat
Mobile App
Social Discussion Forums
On-Campus Graduation Ceremony
Digital Textbooks
Online Management of Coursework


100% Online Yes
Minimum Completion Time No minimum
Class Times Both
Average Course Length 16 Weeks


  • School Type:
  • School Accreditation:
    Regional Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
  • Program Accreditation:

Instructors & Students

  • Instructors:
    Teach both online and on-campus
  • Students:
    Students worldwide


Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
  • Required for Completion
    30 credit hours
  • Total Estimated Cost
  • In-State/Province: $1860
  • Out-of-State/Province: $4917
  • International: $4917

Location & Contact

Student Contact

Staci Shea Graduate Studies Coordinator 303-492-6555
Graduate Distance Education School of Education Boulder CO 80309

Head of Distance Learning

Lawrence Stephen Director 303-492-6331
Graduate Distance Education Graduate School - Program Development 1111 Engineering Drive, ECOT 126 Boulder CO 80309-0435


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