Curriculum & Instruction


Lead your classroom, your community, and your career with the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree program.

The Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) emphasis is an innovative, inquiry-based program with a focus on professional development and the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards. The program gives practicing teachers and other educational professionals the knowledge and resources to improve students' performance while also providing the training and credentials to become engaged, forward-thinking administrators, educational leaders, advocates and lifelong learners. Special emphasis is given to the following areas:

  • Educational leadership
  • Lifelong learning
  • Development of differentiated curriculum to meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Analysis, interpretation and application of standardized assessment data within the curriculum
  • Instructional strategies and best practices use of educational research

Our C&I courses are taught by academic professionals and educational practitioners (master teachers in the field: principals and administrators); you will learn how theory can be applied to enhance real-world skills. The C&I program's practicum-based approach starts from your very first course, applying what you learn to actual classroom settings. This supportive approach builds confidence as you gain knowledge and experience.

Curriculum & Instruction Program Goals

Integrate academic theory with a reflective teaching practice

Evaluate and improve curriculum development processes

Help teachers stay current with educational issues, individualized instruction, assessment and other best practices

Engage teachers in collaborative learning with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and views

Encourage the development of teachers as lifelong learners capable of informing their instructional practices through the appropriate application of research

Enhance leadership skills, dispositions, and practices

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The next start date for Curriculum & Instruction is Monday, Jun 24.

Curriculum & Instruction Courses

Curriculum & Instruction

    EDUC 534 Empowering Teachers as Leaders
    This course introduces the concept of teacher leadership and its value in the field of education today. This course will explore what it means to be a teacher leader in various environments, to be advocates for students, to participate meaningfully in school reform and/or renewal processes, and to articulate knowledge of content, pedagogy, and other teaching/learning.
    EDUC 531 Differentiation of Instruction to Improve Student Achievement
    This course reviews theory-based differentiated models of instruction that will provide practitioners with a strong background in a variety of instructional modalities. In this course students will discover what is old and what is new. They will learn how to determine important differences in their students’ points of entry to their classroom and uncover implications for class management; for working with students and parents; and for creating fair and appropriate assessments. This course balances information with practical applications and includes material for teachers across grade levels, personal styles and philosophies of teaching.
    EDUC 501 Contemporary Thought in Education
    This course provides an examination of the theoretical and philosophical bases for contemporary educational patterns; and current educational issues. Interests of the participants will determine the areas of application to private and public education.
    EDUC 506 Integrating Technology into the Classroom
    This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of technology in the 21st century classroom. Students will explore current research, design models, tools, and instructional strategies that support the use of technology to enhance teaching, learning, and assessment. Students will be expected to use course information to design an instructional unit that effectively integrates technology as a tool for enhancing the learning environment.
    EDUC 551 Curriculum Design and Evaluation
    This course will begin with a review of major educational philosophies and their respective approaches to curriculum development. The focus of the course will include basic principles and practices in the curriculum planning and development cycle; aligning standards to curriculum; issues surrounding curriculum design and implementation, and the link between curriculum, instruction, and evaluation for an elementary, middle or secondary school. Theory will be linked to real-life problems utilizing a variety of active learning exercises.
    EDUC 594 Research Evaluation and Design
    This course emphasizes the development of skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the evaluation of various forms of existing information, with emphasis on the ability to relate this information to personal professional practice.
    EDUC 514 Analyzing and Applying Assessment to Improve Instruction
    Gain an in-depth understanding of formal and informal student assessment including assessment design and analysis. Emphasis on analyzing assessment data to improve instruction, and incorporating effective student assessment into the planning and delivery of instruction.
    EDUC 532 Enhancing Learning Through Linguistic and Cultural Diversity
    This course explores teachers’ views on the value of linguistic and cultural diversity and the powerful learning opportunities it affords today’s classrooms and schools. Teachers examine their attitudes, beliefs, and biases regarding linguistically and culturally diverse students, families, and communities and learn approaches for working together to ensure high levels of learning for all students. Strategies for ensuring equitable access to high-quality learning experiences are presented. Effective practices such as cultural responsiveness, anti-bias curriculum, differentiated instruction, and developing academic vocabulary are explored.
    PSY 511 Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning
    A study of selected theories of learning and their implications for the classroom setting. Applications of psychological principles and research to instructional situations with an emphasis on those that involve a Christian setting.
    EDUC 540 Curriculum and Instruction Capstone
    The capstone course is an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have achieved the goals for learning established in their professional development plan. This project should take into consideration all of the courses leading to this degree and focus on a student’s personal interest area(s) as they relate to improvement in two of the INTASC teaching standards.
    EDUC 590 C & I Practicum
    The Curriculum and Instruction Practicum is an in-the-field experience (100 hours) under the guide of a mentor for a semester which must be completed for the Curriculum Specialist endorsement.
    SOC 565 Serving and Leading in Community and World
    This course provides an in-depth examination of vocation, professional and organizational development and the ways educators, building on their personal beliefs and values, enact authentic service and leadership in a variety of contexts. Using the framework of evangelical Lutheran Christianity, participants explore, analyze and clarify, and apply vocation to their community and to the world.
  • Total Credits 36
  • Total Courses 12
  • Course Length 8 weeks
  • A common core of required coursework designed to increase graduate students’ skill levels and knowledge base (12 credit hours)
  • Professional development coursework, including best practice in curriculum instruction and design (12 credit hours), and assessment analysis and application, leadership development, and educational research (9 credit hours), totaling 21 credit hours.
  • A capstone design project in each student’s interest area meeting goals of their personalized professional development plan (3 credit hours)

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