Sharpen the focus of your online education when you select your specialization for your degree program. Set your course to reach the pinnacle of your education career and benefit from opportunities to advance your career. Students enrolled in the Curriculum and Instruction specialization are required to complete 12 credits beyond the 24 credit core classes. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information.
Curriculum & Instruction
Specialization for Graduate Degrees
Be an agent for change. Focus your Master of Arts in Education degree with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction to build the skills to develop both an engaging curriculum and a caring and responsive learning environment. The Curriculum and Instruction specialization covers such diverse topics as systems thinking, metacognition, and differentiated instruction. You will learn to introduce change in education by designing instructional models for increased achievement.
ECI 601 Introduction to Curriculum and Instruction: The Science of Learning and Teaching
This introductory course examines the science of learning and the impact that brain compatible instruction can have on learning. Students in the course analyze how learning theories, practices, and brain research-based strategies can support the development of effective curriculum & instruction and promote student success.
ECI 610 21st Century Curriculum, Standards, and Assessment
This course establishes the relationship between curriculum design and instructional strategies deemed best practices. Students design creative, student-centered, and standards-based learning opportunities incorporating 21st century skills. Participation in this course challenges students to commit to a shift away from educational approaches of the past and embrace proven effective methods to engage diverse learners in a variety of learning environments. Prerequisite: ECI 601
ECI 615 Intentional Approaches to Intervention
This course is designed to get students thinking about appropriate and intentional interventions to address a variety of challenges faced by learners in the instructional setting. Students apply practical, yet innovative instructional strategies to realistic situations in which interventions are needed to advance learners to the next level of success. A variety of evidence-based curriculum adaptations and interventions are examined with the goal of improved outcomes for learners, schools, districts or organizations. Prerequisite: ECI 601
ECI 685 Transforming Curriculum & Instruction Through Empowering Leadership
When it comes to school or organizational improvement, leaders play a pivotal role in ensuring that a culture of achievement and growth is shared by all. In this course, students investigate a variety of principles including; growth mindset, transformational leadership, transparency, fostering a culture of continuous growth and achievement, principles of servant leadership, and the power of collaboration. The role professional development plays in laying a foundation for the curriculum design and implementation process is also examined. Leadership experience is not required to be successful in this course. Teachers, trainers, and educational leaders or administrators will learn practical, yet powerful ways to improve their professional practice. Prerequisites: ECI 601 and EDU 650 or ECI 680.