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  • Online MS in Advanced Instructional Strategies in Teaching

    MS in Advanced Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum

    The Master of Science in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies program is designed to provide advanced teaching knowledge and skills beyond those required for initial teacher certification. Upon graduation from the program, you'll be qualified to enhance your current career in education or pursue a variety of other professional roles including:

    • Instructional leader beyond the classroom
    • Researcher in local, state, national or international organizations
    • Professional in foundations, associations, corporations, and private education institutions
    • Doctoral level studies through an emphasis in research

    In the MS in Advanced Instructional Strategies Program, You'll Learn to:

    • Conduct effective instruction in a variety of education settings, including virtual classrooms
    • Understand both the public and private sectors, as well as both small and large education organizations
    • Develop, analyze, implement, and evaluate instructional strategies
    • Communicate effectively with internal and external groups

    Concentrations Available

    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Education Policy
    • Global and International Education
    • Higher Education
    • Human Resource Development
    • Learning Technologies
    • Multisensory Reading Instruction — Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Level I Certification
    • Reading Specialist Certification (Core Courses: 18 credits; Concentration Courses: 31 credits)
    • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

    Customized Concentration

    You may also customize your concentration in the advanced teaching MS degree by selecting various classes or another concentration to meet your individual needs. You may consider areas such as:

    • Educational Administration
    • Evaluation and Assessment
    • Instructional Design
    • Instructional Technology
    • Leadership in Educational Settings
    • Learning in Game-Based Environments
    • Special Education Law and Process
    • Special Education Leadership
    • Urban Education

    What is the Salary Expectation For Someone With an MS in Advanced Instructional Strategies?

    Salaries can vary based on factors like exact job title, years of experience, and location. However, some common job titles and salaries this degree prepares you for include:

    • Community Service Manager - $69,600
    • Education Administrator - $97,500
    • Instructional Coordinator - $66,970
    • Social Worker - $51,760

    Source: BLS, 2020

    Online MS in Advanced Instructional Strategies Program FAQs

    Is this program entirely online?
    Yes, this program can be completed entirely online with no in-person requirements.

    Will this program prepare me for teacher certification?
    Drexel’s Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies program was designed to provide certified teachers with advanced knowledge and skills that go beyond initial teacher certification. This degree will not prepare you for initial teacher certification. If you are interested in becoming a teacher, Drexel offers certification-track programs in PreK-4 education, middle-level education, secondary education, and secondary subject areas with special education.

    What kinds of jobs will this program prepare me for?
    This degree prepares you for leadership roles both in and out of the classroom. While the skills you learn in this program can be applied to many fields, some common career paths include:

    • Higher education institutions
    • Human service agencies
    • International outreach centers
    • K–12 public and private schools
    • Local community centers
    • State agencies
    • U.S. government

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    Related Programs

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Core Courses  
    EDAM 714
    or EDLS 550
    Instructional and Curriculum Leadership
    or Theories of Reading and Writing
    EDLT 532 Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience 3.0
    EDUC 524
    or EDLS 575
    Current Research in Curriculum & Instruction
    or Responding to Children's and Young Adult Literature
    EDUC 530 Advanced Techniques in Instruction & Assessment 3.0
    EDLS 555
    or EDUC 609
    Understanding Literacy through Sociocultural Perspectives
    or Language & Culture in Education
    Policy, Law, & Organization Courses
    Select two:
    EDAM 705
    School Law and Politics  
    EDLS 570
    Literacy and Evaluation  
    EDLS 650
    Designing a Literacy Program  
    EDPO 620
    Education Policy: Concepts, Issues, and Applications  
    EDUC 804
    Program Evaluation in Organizations  
    Capstone Courses  
    EDU 780 Capstone Research 3.0
    Select appropriate course work following one of the following capstone tracks: Practioner, Lesson Study, or Thesis
    EDUP 780 Practitioner Capstone Course I 3.0
    or EDUP 780 Practitioner Capstone Course I
    or EDUT 780 Thesis Capstone Course I
    EDUP 781 Practitioner Capstone Course II 3.0-4.5
    or EDUL 781 Lesson Study Capstone Course II
    or EDUT 781 Thesis Capstone Course II
    Concentration * 15.0-16.0
    Select a formal concentration or create a customizeable, non-transcripted concentration in consultation with your academic advisor.
    Total Credits 45.0-47.5


    *You may choose from the following concentration options with the approval of your academic advisor and the program director:

    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Education Policy
    • Global and International Education
    • Higher Education
    • Human Resource Development
    • Learning Technologies
    • Multisensory Reading Instruction Level I (Wilson® Language Certification)
    • Reading Specialist Certification
    • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
    • Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness

    Customized Concentration

    You may also customize your concentration by selecting various classes from other Drexel academic departments to meet your individual needs.

    View Course Descriptions

    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2024-2025 is $1111 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1481 per credit)

    For the academic year 2023-2024, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    Contact Faculty

    The following faculty members are available to speak to you about the program by phone or email. For a full listing of faculty, please visit Drexel's School of Education.

    Ayana Allen-Handy - Drexel University Assistant Professor for EdD in Educational Leadership and Management

    Ayana Allen-Handy, PhD
    Assistant Professor

    Mary Jo Grdina - Drexel University Clinical Professor for MS in Teaching Learning and Curriculum

    Mary Jo Grdina, PhD
    Associate Clinical Professor
    Department Chair for Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Programs

    Dominic F. Gullo - Drexel University Associate Dean of Research for MS in Teaching Learning and Curriculum

    Dominic F. Gullo, PhD
    Associate Dean of Research

    Penny Hammrich - Drexel University Professor for EdD in Educational Leadership and Management

    Penny Hammrich, PhD

    Kristine S. Lewis Grant - Drexel University Associate Clinical Professor for MS in Teaching Learning and Curriculum

    Kristine S. Lewis Grant, PhD
    Associate Clinical Professor

    Toni A. Sondergeld – Drexel University Associate Professor

    Toni A. Sondergeld, PhD
    Associate Professor

    Mary Jean Tecce DeCarlo - Associate Clinical Professor BS in Education and MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum

    Mary Jean Tecce DeCarlo, EdD
    Assistant Clinical Professor

    Sarah P. Ulrich – Drexel University Associate Clinical Professor

    Sarah P. Ulrich, EdD
    Associate Clinical Professor

    Sheila R. Vaidya – Drexel University Professor

    Sheila R. Vaidya, PhD

    Christopher G. Wright – Drexel University Assistant Professor

    Christopher G. Wright, PhD
    Assistant Professor

    Academic Calendar

    2023-2024 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2023

    September 26, 2023

    December 9, 2023

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    Winter 2024

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    Spring 2024

    April 1, 2024

    June 8, 2024

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    Summer 2024

    June 24, 2024

    August 31, 2024

    September 3, 2024

    September 7, 2024


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