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2021 Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Master's Degree Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

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$7,925 Avg Tuition & Fees*
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Finding the Best Curriculum & Instruction Master's Degree School for You

With 18,767 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, curriculum and instruction is the #6 most popular major in the United States.

It's not easy to decide which teaching program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Teaching Degree Search has developed this Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Master's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 302 schools in the United States to see which master's degree programs offered the best value experiences for curriculum students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the curriculum master's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for a Master's in Curriculum

#1

Otterbein University

Westerville, OH

Our 2021 rankings named Otterbein University the best value school in the United States for curriculum and instruction students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large suburb of Westerville, Otterbein is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Otterbein graduate students pay an average of $945 in tuition and fees each year.

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#2

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

The excellent master’s degree programs at Fitchburg State University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best value curriculum and instruction schools in the United States. Fitchburg State is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Fitchburg.

Fitchburg State graduate students pay an average of $5,742 in tuition and fees each year.

Fitchburg State also claimed a spot on our Best Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Concordia University, Irvine. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Irvine, Concordia University, Irvine is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Concordia University, Irvine are $7,953 a year. The average amount in student loans that curriculum majors at Concordia University, Irvine take out while working on their Master's Degree is $23,272. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $239, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Concordia University, Irvine also is in the top 5% of our Best Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools ranking.

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#4

Gordon College

Wenham, MA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Gordon College is a great value for curriculum and instruction students working on their master’s degree. Gordon College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Wenham.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Gordon College are $5,950 per year. The average amount in student loans that curriculum majors at Gordon College take out while working on their Master's Degree is $14,954.

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#5

Dordt College

Sioux Center, IA

The excellent master’s degree programs at Dordt College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best value curriculum and instruction schools in the United States. Dordt is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Sioux Center.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Dordt are $6,040 per year.

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#6

Mount Marty University

Yankton, SD

With a ranking of #6, Mount Marty University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for curriculum and instruction students working on their master’s degree. Located in the remote town of Yankton, Mount Marty is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Mount Marty are $8,100 per year.

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#7

Warner University

Lake Wales, FL

Warner University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for curriculum and instruction students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the rural area of Lake Wales, Warner University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Warner University graduate students pay an average of $5,678 in tuition and fees each year.

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#8

Ashland University

Ashland, OH

With a ranking of #8, Ashland University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for curriculum and instruction students working on their master’s degree. Located in the town of Ashland, Ashland is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Ashland are $6,540 a year. On average, curriculum graduates from Ashland take out $16,389 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $160.

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#9

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY

University of the Cumberlands landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree curriculum and instruction programs. Located in the town of Williamsburg, Cumberlands is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Cumberlands are $5,970 a year. The average amount in student loans that curriculum majors at Cumberlands take out while working on their Master's Degree is $12,786. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $126.

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#10

Cabrini University

Radnor, PA

Cabrini University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for curriculum and instruction students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the suburb of Radnor, Cabrini University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Cabrini University are $6,305 a year.

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#11

McDaniel College

Westminster, MD

With a ranking of #11, McDaniel College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for curriculum and instruction students working on their master’s degree. McDaniel is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Westminster.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at McDaniel are $9,280 a year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, McDaniel also did well on our Best Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Arizona State University - Skysong did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for curriculum and instruction students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at ASU - Skysong are $6,592 per year. The average amount in student loans that curriculum majors at ASU - Skysong take out while working on their Master's Degree is $35,717. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $355, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE

Wilmington University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Wilmington University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of New Castle.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Wilmington University are $8,834 per year. While working on their Master's Degree, curriculum majors at Wilmington University accumulate an average of around $30,286 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $309.

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#14

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Drake University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools list. Drake is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Des Moines.

Drake graduate students pay an average of $11,818 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Master's Degree, curriculum graduates from Drake carry an average student debtload of $16,090. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $158, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

In addition to its great value ranking, Drake is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools list.

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Black Hills State University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree curriculum and instruction programs. BHSU is a small public school located in the town of Spearfish.

BHSU graduate students pay an average of $8,384 in tuition and fees each year.

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#16

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, IA

With a ranking of #16, Buena Vista University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for curriculum and instruction students working on their master’s degree. BVU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Storm Lake.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at BVU are $9,594 a year. On average, curriculum graduates from BVU take out $21,587 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $239, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, BVU also is in the top 15% of our Best Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools ranking.

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#17

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Western Governors University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools list. WGU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Salt Lake City.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at WGU are $7,790 a year. The average amount in student loans that curriculum majors at WGU take out while working on their Master's Degree is $13,975. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $135.

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#18

Peru State College

Peru, NE

Peru State College ranked #18 on this year’s Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the rural area of Peru, Peru State is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Peru State are $8,898 per year. While working on their Master's Degree, curriculum majors at Peru State accumulate an average of around $14,438 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $153.

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William Woods University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree curriculum and instruction programs. William Woods is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Fulton.

William Woods graduate students pay an average of $6,580 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Master's Degree, curriculum graduates from William Woods carry an average student debtload of $19,689. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $222, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

Wayne State College

Wayne, NE

With a ranking of #20, Wayne State College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for curriculum and instruction students working on their master’s degree. WSC is a small public school located in the town of Wayne.

WSC graduate students pay an average of $9,392 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Master's Degree, curriculum graduates from WSC carry an average student debtload of $11,228. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $115.

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#21

Hood College

Frederick, MD

With a ranking of #21, Hood College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for curriculum and instruction students working on their master’s degree. Hood is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Frederick.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Hood are $9,070 a year.

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#22

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

Brandman University landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree curriculum and instruction programs. Located in the large city of Irvine, Brandman is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Brandman are $12,320 a year.

In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Brandman is ranked #2 for overall quality for curriculum in the United States.

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With a ranking of #23, Minnesota State University - Moorhead did quite well on this year’s best value schools for curriculum and instruction students working on their master’s degree. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Moorhead, MSU Moorhead is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

MSU Moorhead graduate students pay an average of $9,540 in tuition and fees each year. Curriculum majors at MSU Moorhead take out an average of $17,579 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $171.

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#24

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA

University of Scranton did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for curriculum and instruction students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #24 on the list. Located in the city of Scranton, University of Scranton is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

University of Scranton graduate students pay an average of $11,630 in tuition and fees each year. Curriculum majors at University of Scranton take out an average of $24,444 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $318.

University of Scranton also claimed a spot on our Best Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#25

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, IL

With a ranking of #25, Concordia University, Chicago did quite well on this year’s best value schools for curriculum and instruction students working on their master’s degree. Concordia University, Chicago is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of River Forest.

Concordia University, Chicago graduate students pay an average of $9,180 in tuition and fees each year. Curriculum majors at Concordia University, Chicago take out an average of $15,237 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $175, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Master's Degree Schools

#26

Chadron State College

Chadron, NE
#27

Greenville University

Greenville, IL
#28

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI
#32

MSU Texas

Wichita Falls, TX
#34

Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA
#36

Carroll University

Waukesha, WI
#40

McKendree University

Lebanon, IL
#41

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL
#42

Alverno College

Milwaukee, WI
#43

Spalding University

Louisville, KY
#44

Marygrove College

Detroit, MI

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great value schools for Curriculum & Instruction students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
46 City University of Seattle Seattle, WA
47 Gardner - Webb University Boiling Springs, NC
48 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
49 Ohio Dominican University Columbus, OH
49 Northern State University Aberdeen, SD
51 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
52 Concordia University, Wisconsin Mequon, WI
53 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
54 National Louis University Chicago, IL
55 Northwest Nazarene University Nampa, ID
56 Evangel University Springfield, MO
57 Freed-Hardeman University Henderson, TN
58 University of Saint Joseph West Hartford, CT
59 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
60 Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA

Curriculum & Instruction by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 14 majors within the teaching area of study, curriculum and instruction has other similar majors worth exploring.

Curriculum Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Curriculum & Instruction 18,767

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Educational Administration 44,381
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
General Education 31,066
Special Education 30,639

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Disarnot.

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