In this specialized course of study, candidates 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. Specialization courses are structured to assist candidates in the development of their goals, as they can study advanced knowledge and skills common to today’s professional curriculum specialists. For an Online Master's in Curriculum and Instruction Degree, your classes may include:
Principles of Curriculum Improvement
In this course, candidates will examine forces influencing curriculum improvement. This course focuses on the analysis of curriculum and the application of principles for resolution of curriculum problems.
Designing Effective Curricula
This course examines techniques and methods of effective course design and implementation. Topics covered include motivation, consultation, instructional strategies, and student assessment.
Curriculum Design and Evaluation
This course examines the development of comprehensive educational curricula and/or development programs. Candidates will perform all phases of curricula design tied to their area of professional practice.
Decision Making in Curriculum and Instruction
This course examines the roles of curriculum designers and instructors in the educational decision-making process. Candidates analyze the underlying assumptions and research supporting various teaching and design practices. Candidates will create a curriculum design project integrating concepts and skills gained throughout this program.
Analysis, Assessment and Technology
This course provides the foundations of analysis and assessment methodologies used in the field of education. Candidates are introduced to applied quantitative and qualitative educational research methods in context of the practitioner's educational environment. Comparisons of formative and summative assessment and formative evaluation will be addressed.
Integrative Design and Evaluation
This course examines the development of curricula for education and workplace learning and development. Comparison of evaluation design, curriculum design, and instructional design will assist learners in understanding the similarities and differences in these fields of education. Learner will learn to develop learning objectives. Program evaluation techniques will be introduced.
Applying Learning Theories
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the various schools of thought on how people learn. The course will emphasize the practical implications of cognitive science. It provides a comprehensive survey of the progressive understanding of the learning process. Candidates will explore learning theories, such as cognitive, behaviorist, and constructivist. Candidates will compare the theories and their application in the learner's respective field using the appropriate formal written communication for the discipline of Education.
Mastery in Educational Specialty
This capstone course will allow the candidate to demonstrate mastery of all the concepts and skills presented in the core courses and specialization courses in the candidate’s field of study. The emphasis will be on designing and producing a real world quality deliverable in the specialization studied to be used as a highlight in a professional portfolio.