The increasing complexity of today’s teaching requires teacher leaders to mentor new teachers, coach veteran teachers, and facilitate school improvement initiatives. A Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Jamestown will give you the knowledge and tools to enhance your instruction and inspire your colleagues as a Master Teacher Leader.

We are at the maximum number of students for the June 2019 cohort. Completed applications will be considered for the June 2020 cohort.

Please contact if you have any questions.

$275 per credit for teachers who hold a current North Dakota teaching license.

Designed for working teachers in mind, this online program offers:

  • Non-thesis program with no entrance exam
  • Five semesters and a summer start
  • Online courses offered one at a time
  • Individual attention and advising
  • Practical application to classroom teaching
  • Active collaboration with a network of peers
  • Learner-centered focus with competency-based grading

The program outcomes are aligned to:

  • InTASC Learning Progressions
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
  • Teacher Leader Exploratory Consortium Teacher Leader Standards
  • Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning

The program consists of 30 credits through 10 online classes offered in sequence over 5 semesters.

Assignments are tailored to individual teaching interests; practicum and action research project are embedded into coursework.

Semester Course Credits
Year 1
EDUC 523: Art and Science/Educational Leadership

EDUC 526: Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Education
(includes action research project)


Year 1
EDUC 522: Principles of Curriculum Development

EDUC 527: 21st Century Curriculum


Year 1
EDUC 519: Understanding Diverse Learners

EDUC 521: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning


Year 2
EDUC 524: Models of Learning and Instruction

EDUC 528: Instructional Coaching and Mentoring
(includes 15 hour practicum completed within and outside of own classroom)


Year 2
EDUC 529: Collaboration and Professional Development

EDUC 530: Leading Organizational Change



About University of Jamestown

University of Jamestown has a tradition of excellence dating back to 1883 and is North Dakota’s highest ranked college or university in its category as rated by U.S. News & World Report. It has also been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc.

The beautiful campus is easily accessible and features a mix of modern and historic buildings.

University of Jamestown is a private, liberal arts four-year college granting bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of science in nursing degrees as well as a master’s degree in education.

With University of Jamestown's Journey to Success, emphasis is placed not only on preparing students academically in their chosen areas of study, but also on preparing students through an experience that is student-centered and integrates the liberal arts with sound professional programs.


The following are required for admission to the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program:

  1. Complete the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction application – online application

    We are at the maximum number of students for the June 2019 cohort. Completed applications will be considered for the June 2020 cohort.

    Please contact if you have any questions.

  2. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  3. It is recommended that applicants have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  4. Applicants will be required to write an essay that addresses their reasons for pursuing a graduate degree and what value they see in further education. The essay should be approximately 500 words.
    Personal Essay
  5. Applicants will be required to provide two recommendations: one recommendation from a professional colleague and one recommendation from a current or previous supervisor.
    Reference Form
  6. Applicants will be required to provide a copy of their teaching license.
    Submit Teaching License
  7. Mail your official transcript(s) to the address below.

    Office of Admissions
    6081 College Lane
    Jamestown, ND 58405

  8. Fill out this form indicating who can have access to your student records.
    Student Records Release Form

The University of Jamestown reserves the right to rescind an admissions decision due to various circumstances deemed appropriate by the University; including, but not limited to personal behavior and social conduct that may poorly reflect the University of Jamestown values.

Program Director
Kristen Crabtree-Groff, Ed.DAssociate Professor of Teacher Education and Director of Master of Arts in Education Program

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Drake University, Des Moines, IA
Ed.S. in Curriculum, Leadership, and Professional Development from Drake University
M.A. in Teacher Leadership from Drake University
B.A. in English and Spanish Secondary Education, Athletic Coaching, from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA
Iowa Teaching license
More information about the program director.

Certifications/Degrees: Ed.D. University of North Dakota. 2009 (Teacher Education and Multicultural Education).
M.A. University of North Dakota. 2000 (History).
B.S.E. Mayville State University. 1993 (Social Studies Education and Library Science).

Ph.D in Educational Leadership: University of North Dakota;
M.A. in Special Education: University of North Dakota;
B.S. in Elementary Education: Mayville State University - Mayville, ND.
  • University of Jamestown
    Teacher Education Department
    6081 College Lane
    Jamestown, ND 58405

  • Kristen Crabtree-Groff, Ed.D Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Director of Master of Arts in Education Program | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5597

The following rates have been established for the 2017-18 academic year for Master's in Education students per semester:

Books and Supplies (estimate)


Tuition for teachers
with a ND teaching license




30 credits at $275 per credit

Tuition for students
without a ND teaching license


30 credits at $438 per credit

To be eligible, the graduate student must:

  • Not be receiving aid as an undergraduate for the same period of enrollment.
  • File Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if “Federal Direct” loan is desired (

The following types of financial aid are available:

  • Federal Work Study
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • $20,500/year unsubsidized (subject to Cost of Attendance)
  • Graduate PLUS Loan
  • Alternative educational loans
  • Outside scholarships

Alternative / Private Education Loan Program

Private alternative loans should be utilized only after all other financial aid resources have been exhausted. Students have the right to select an eligible lender and the University of Jamestown will process the request in compliance with federal and institutional packaging guidelines. Students are encouraged to check the lender’s value and benefits, fees, interest rates, repayment options, and customer service. The University of Jamestown maintains a list of alternative/private educational loan lenders through which we have processed loans in the past five years and that are currently offering private educational loans. Students are free to select a private loan program that is not on this list. If a student chooses to borrow from a private loan program, the choice of a lender or loan program is entirely the choice of the student.

Financial Aid Policies, Disclosures & Guidelines
Return of Title IV Funds Policy & Disclosure Statement Masters Satisfactory Academic Progress Guidelines
Questions? Concerns?

Our financial aid department is staffed with experts who are eager to answer your questions and help you through the process. They can be reached at (701) 252-3467 ext. 5556.

Amy Myers
Associate Director of Financial Aid

701-252-3467 ext. 5568