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14,924 Master's Degrees Annually
1,415 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#13 in Popularity (Master's)
$67,490 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Curriculum & Instruction Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many curriculum and instruction graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 16,093
Doctor’s Degree 1,415
Graduate Certificate 1,230

What Curriculum & Instruction Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to curriculum and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Curriculum Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in curriculum should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills for Curriculum Majors

When studying curriculum, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Curriculum Majors

Curriculum majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

What Can You Do With a Curriculum & Instruction Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with curriculum:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Instructional Coordinators 10.5% $64,450
Instructional Designers and Technologists 10.5% $64,450

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction?

16,093 Master's Degrees Annually
83% Percent Women
23% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is one of the most frequently chosen graduate majors. It is the 13th most popular in the country with 14,924 students graduating with a master’s in curriculum in 2019. This major is dominated by women with about 83% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of curriculum majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Curriculum Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 434
Black or African American 1,175
Hispanic or Latino 1,643
White 11,140
International Students 441
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,260

Geographic Diversity

Curriculum appeals to people across the globe. About 2.7% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • India

How Much Do Curriculum & Instruction Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction made a median starting salary of $46,000 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $41,475 (25th percentile) and $50,000 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a curriculum degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Curriculum majors often go into careers with median salaries of $67,490. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with curriculum require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for curriculum careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 2.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 25.4%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.0%
Master’s Degree 62.4%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 6.0%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 2.3%
Doctoral Degree 0.1%

Online Curriculum & Instruction Programs

In 2018-2019, 487 schools offered a curriculum program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 2 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 53 23
Post-Baccalaureate 2 0
Master’s Degree 432 195
Post-Master’s 63 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 134 26
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 2 2
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 2 1

Is a Degree in Curriculum & Instruction Worth It?

The median salary for a curriculum grad is $67,490 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 69% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $551,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to curriculum.

Major Number of Grads
Educational Administration 43,584
Teacher Education Grade Specific 29,615
General Education 23,737
Special Education 20,510
Teacher Education Subject Specific 20,147
Student Counseling 13,672
Instructional Media Design 6,790
Teaching English or French 4,389
Other Education 3,071
Multilingual Education 1,452
Educational Assessment 968
Education Philosophy 479
International Education 354
Teaching Assistants 6

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