Curriculum & Instruction
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|
What Curriculum & Instruction Majors Need to Know
People with careers related to curriculum were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.
Knowledge Areas for Curriculum Majors
Curriculum majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:
- 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
A major in curriculum prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:
- 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:
- 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 Designers and Technologists||10.5%||$64,450|
Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of curriculum majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||1,175|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,643|
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:
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
How Much Do Curriculum & Instruction Majors Make?
Master’s Degree Starting Salary
According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a master’s degree in curriculum have a median salary of $46,000 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $41,475 (25th percentile) and $50,000 (75th percentile).
It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to curriculum.
Salaries According to BLS
The median salary for someone in a career related to curriculum is $67,490. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.
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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Curriculum & Instruction
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.
How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to curriculum have obtained the following education levels.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||2.0%|
|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%|
|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%|
Online Curriculum & Instruction Programs
In the 2018-2019 academic year, 487 schools offered some type of curriculum and instruction program. 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|
|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!
Majors Related to Curriculum & Instruction
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to curriculum.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Teacher Education Grade Specific||100,925|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||43,516|
|Instructional Media Design||7,063|
|Teaching English or French||5,407|
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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