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Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction - Instructional Leadership (MSE)

About the Program

Enhance your teaching, leadership, and classroom instruction skills with a master's degree in curriculum and instruction - instructional leadership. In this master’s degree program, you will explore instructional theory and new approaches to curriculum design that meet the needs of today’s elementary and secondary schools.  Through improved curriculum design, you’ll be able to improve student outcomes by helping your students learn more and understand better. If you already have a bachelor’s degree, the master’s in curriculum and instruction – instructional leadership is a great way to further your career goals.



Fast Facts

Degrees offered: MSE

Hours required: 36-39

Delivery Method: Some emphases are fully online and others are a hybrid (a mix of online and face-to-face classes)

School: Education and Counseling

Department: Educational Foundations and Leadership

Accreditation: Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Nebraska Department of Education

Emphasis Areas

In the curriculum and instruction - instructional leadership master's degree program, you can specialize in the subject of your choice. Many of these emphases are available online.

A student uses an iPad in a business class
Business and Information Technology (Online)
A math teacher write equations on a blackboard
Math (Online)
A young child learns in a classroom
Early Childhood (Online)
A WSC student of exercise science
Exercise Science
Social Sciences (Online)
Elementary classroom setting
Elementary Education (Online)
A teacher helps a student in a classroom
Family and Consumer Sciences (Online)
A elementary student practices reading and writing
Reading Specialist PK-12 (Online)
Working together concept
Community of Learning
A student reads literary classics
English (Online)
Industrial Technology (Online)
Students in a classroom use a microscope

Additional Information

Endorsement Programs

If you already have a master's degree in education, you may add one of the following endorsements to your existing degree:

Early Childhood
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Information Technology
Reading Specialist (PK-12)

If want to follow an emphasis area not listed above, you will need to enroll in the full master's program and follow the prescribed program of study to obtain an additional master's degree.

Admission Criteria

  1. Apply for graduate study
  2. Submit official transcripts
  3. Send three references (download reference form)
  4. Send a Statement of Purpose to the Dean of the School of Education and Counseling

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 18 graduate credits, subject to evaluation by the Dean of Education and Counseling, may be transferred from another regionally accredited graduate institution and applied toward a degree. Graduate credit accepted must meet a minimum course grade of B and be an appropriate substitute for courses in a WSC program. Credit that has been applied toward a previously earned degree will not be accepted, except for the 9 credit hours that are a part of the professional education core. All classes within an MSE degree program must fit into a 10-year timeframe for degree completion.

Questions? Contact:

Brook Jech
School of Education and Counseling
Email: brjech1@wsc.edu
Phone: 402-375-7164


Master’s degrees at Wayne State College are among the lowest priced in the nation. 


Recognized for Excellence

Wayne State College is continually recognized for incredible value, successful graduates, and innovative learning.

Best College for Educational Leadership Degree - Schools.com
Ranked #1 in the nation for best educational leadership programs


Most Affordable Online College for Master's in Education 2018 - SR Education Group
Top 20 most affordable online colleges for a master's in education for 2018

Best Online College in Nebraska 2018 - Affordable Colleges Online
Ranked as one of the best online colleges in Nebraska for 2018

College of Distinction Award for Education Degrees, 2017-18
The only public college in Nebraska to receive the College of Distinction award

Take the Next Step

Online classes are available throughout the summer, fall, and spring.  Advance your career and get started today!