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UNB Fredericton

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Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

The Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction aims to develop leaders in the fields of pedagogy and curriculum.

Students develop the knowledge and skills to understand the theoretical bases of curriculum, to critically examine current issues in education and to engage effectively in areas such as curriculum development, pedagogical innovation and program evaluation.

Students will have opportunities to do advanced studies and research in one or more subject areas related to school curriculum, or to focus on unique contexts such as Aboriginal communities or French immersion settings. There is the opportunity to complete a specialization in the area of Instructional Design as part of the program.


Applicants to the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction are required to have:

  • a Bachelor of Education degree or its equivalent
  • a grade point average of at least 3.0 (B, or its equivalent)
  • at least one year of relevant work experience


The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction program deadline dates are Dec. 1 (intended start date in May or September) and July 31 (intended start date in January).

Specialization in Instructional Design

The specialization allows students the opportunity to complete four courses in the area of Instructional Design as part of the program. The specialization is acknowledged as a notation on the official transcript upon completion.

Required courses:

  • ED 6301 Introduction to Instructional Design

Three (3) of the following:

  • ED 6224 Needs Assessment
  • ED 6225 Designing Constructivist Learning Environments
  • ED 6228 Design Instructional Materials
  • ED 6229 Instructional Design for Online Learning
  • ED 6302 Educational Technology: Key Issues and Debates


As of now, all courses are offered online. Some run with scheduled interaction (synchronous). Some run asynchronously, with dialogue mostly on discussion boards in a learning management system. Class sizes are capped at 20 for quality dialogue.