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Curriculum and Instruction

The role of instructors, instructional designers and curriculum developers has changed dramatically over the past decade. The emphasis in education today focuses on ensuring that educational programs help learners understand abstract concepts, solve problems, work as effective team members and develop critical thinking skills. This degree aims to help educators rethink the way they prepare and develop curriculum for their students. The coursework in this curriculum and instruction degree program will help students not only better understand the way curriculum is chosen or designed, but also how curriculum can be focused to elevate student learning and bring more engagement to a classroom.


AIU’s Master of Education Degree program provides a solid foundation for effective educational practice and advancement for all levels of educational practitioners including K-12*, higher education and corporate learning. Students could develop a solid foundation in learning theory, instructional design and instructional technology, as well as application of educational research methods.


This professionally focused M.Ed program is designed to help students utilize authentic tools and assessment in application of learning outcomes, such as Lectora. They can also learn to collaborate in a community of learners for professional application of skills and learn the importance of asking the right questions in order to prompt efficient and effective answers.


Focus on Your Specific Area of Interest

By studying advanced topics in Adult Education and Training to complete the specialization requirements, AIU can give you an opportunity to learn how to create a plan for implementation of learning content in various educational settings.


*Although American InterContinental University’s Master of Education degree is not designed to meet state educator licensing requirements, it may assist students in gaining licensure in their state of residence depending on those requirements. To find out more information about teacher certification in a specific state, please visit Education Degrees and use the drop down menu to select the state. Students may then be routed to the appropriate state-specific teacher licensure site for this information. 

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  • Next Start Date

    November 9th, 2015

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  • Specialization Credits


  • Program Length

    11 MONTHS

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  • Successful completion of the M.Ed with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction for Educators can provide students with an advanced level of industry-related knowledge and skills, including how to:

    • Integrate technology into curriculum and instruction for a student-centered learning environment.
    • Design and implement assessments of student performance.
    • Adapt existing instructional materials for specific situations and conditions.
    • Develop curriculum to satisfy organizational, federal, state or other standards and objectives.
    • Use multiple instructional strategies to present content, addressing differences in student learning styles and abilities.
    • Measure the effects of instruction or training and redesign curriculum to increase student performance as needed.
    • Engage in organizing and brainstorming potential curriculum ideas and identifying potential flaws in their use.
    • Analyze traditional curriculum methods and structures to identify best practices, as well as weaknesses.
    • Become familiar with professional academic standards, curriculum formatting and current academic terms.
    • Create their own original curricula, aligning them with common standards and student learning requirements
    • Understand how developmental psychology and current education theory drive curriculum design.

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    Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation

    American InterContinental University® is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. To contact the Higher Learning Commission please visit www.hlcommission.org.

    The Master of Education Program at American InterContinental University is awarded TEAC initial accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of two years, from October 2013 - October 2015. The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

  • In this specialized course of study, students can focus on the curriculum and related instructional processes and tools, including the study of curriculum theory, curriculum design and planning, instructional material design and evaluation, curriculum evaluation and applications to specific subject matter, programs or educational levels.

    • In Principles of Curriculum Improvement, students can examine forces influencing curriculum improvement by focusing on the analysis of curriculum and the application of principles for resolution of curriculum problems.
    • In Designing Effective Courses, students can examine techniques and methods of effective course design and implementation. Topics covered can include motivation, consultation, instructional strategies and student assessment.
    • In Curriculum Design and Evaluation, students can focus on the development of comprehensive educational curricula and/or development programs by performing all phases of curricula design tied to their area of professional practice.
    • In Decision Making in Curriculum and Instruction, students can analyze the underlying assumptions and research supporting various teaching and design practices. Students can create a curriculum design project integrating concepts and skills gained throughout this program. 

    Click here to download the AIU catalog for more information and a full list of courses for this degree.

  • Students in the Curriculum and Instruction for Educators specialization can expect to gain a broad base of knowledge and experience in designing and developing curriculum in a variety of academic situations. Students in this program will learn to understand and evaluate state and federal academic standards governing curriculum, consider the challenges and specific areas accessed by curriculum in a school, and design and create curricula of their own.

    Students will also participate in meaningful and relevant discussions with their instructors, who will draw on their specialized knowledge of the current academic realities and best practices in use across the education industry.

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AIU Online - Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2008 and 10/15/2008 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 36%

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