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Explore Our Online Graduate Certificate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Explore how you can integrate the latest findings in neuroscience into effective classroom practices and how ongoing assessments can help improve student performance. Learn how to meet the diverse learning needs of your students by understanding and employing innovative curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies.

CAEP Council for the Accreditation of Educator PreparationOur Graduate Certificate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment is part of a full suite of programs in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)–accredited institution.

The Graduate Certificate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment can provide you with the tools to plan, develop, and implement standards-based curricula and instruction that can help your students learn and reach their highest potential. Focus and energize your planning and instruction to make your classroom a motivating and meaningful learning environment.

Our Graduate Certificate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment is part of a full suite of programs in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)–accredited institution.

And if getting to the next level is part of your career plan, Walden is committed to helping you earn credit for your foundational knowledge. Find out how you can apply up to 12 credits earned from this certificate program toward Walden’s MS in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.

After the first course, you can take one course at a time, earn your degree faster by taking two courses at once, or choose a combination of the two throughout the program to fit your changing needs.


Apply Your Certificate Toward an Advanced Degree

Apply your certificate toward the MS in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment to save you time and money.

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Curriculum

Completion Requirements

  • 20 total quarter credits

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits
EDUC 6730

Curriculum Design for Learning

Professional educators must have the knowledge and skill to make important decisions regarding what students learn and how they will learn it to ensure student success. In this course, education professionals engage in a research-based process for designing and mapping curriculum that motivates students and promotes academic success. Beginning with the end in mind, education professionals identify clear learning goals and big ideas, create authentic assessments, and develop essential questions to guide effective instructional planning and ongoing assessments using their district or state standards and/or benchmarks. They also apply the curriculum design process to a subject area they teach, keeping in mind the influence of learning environment, family involvement, and social development on the design process.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6731

Assessment for Student Learning

Education professionals in this course examine the historical and contemporary perspectives on assessment, including trends in high-stakes assessment and accountability. They learn types and purposes of assessment as well as how to use assessments effectively. Education professionals also analyze strengths and weaknesses of various assessment methods and use ongoing assessments to guide decisions that will improve student performance. They explore and discuss data collecting and analysis, grading, record-keeping, and reporting. Additionally, they learn the importance of student self-assessment and the best ways to support their students in monitoring learning and reflecting on how to improve personal performance.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6734

Differentiated Instruction (Accelerating)

The practice of differentiating instruction is a way for educators to meet diverse learning needs and preferences without having to individualize instruction for every student. In this course, education professionals learn how to differentiate five instructional elements—content, product, process, affect, and learning environment—according to  students' interests, readiness, and learning profile. They explore flexible grouping and managing the differentiated classroom. Using their classroom curriculum, they plan and implement differentiated lessons and align them to important learning goals, essential questions, and formative and summative assessments while ensuring that their instruction includes meaningful applications of knowledge. Education professionals also learn how to draw on resources, such as staff, community members, and educators, to support the "whole" child in the learning process.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6651

Teacher Leadership in the Classroom: Increasing Learning and Achievement

The focus of teacher leadership expands from self to students, increasing the sphere of influence of the teacher leader to the classroom context in this course. Education professionals concentrate on advancing their expertise in the field of teaching by increasing their knowledge and skills in three key areas: knowledge of learners and learning; knowledge of subject matter and curriculum goals; and knowledge of effective teaching models, strategies, and practices. They learn to apply this expertise in the classroom in ways that directly affect the learning and achievement of their students.

(3 sem. cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 9 semester credits, traditional courses $580 per semester hour $5,220
  3 semester credits, accelerating courses  $120 per semester hour $360
   12 total semester credits   $5,580
Technology Fee Per semester $210 $420


TOTAL $6,000


Transfer up to 6 credits $3,690


Total with Maximum Transfer Credits† $2,310

The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $400 to $600.

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to a graduate certificate program. Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on individual programs. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific certificate programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.

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