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 advisor at 855-646-5286.
|Course Code||EDDD 8050||Course||Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: A Systems Perspective||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||EDDD 8051||Course||Data-Driven Instruction and Assessment||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||EDDD 8052||Course||Curriculum Design to Promote Social Change||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||EDDD 8106||Course||Program Evaluation for Continuous Improvement||Credits||(5 cr.)|
Today's schools are dynamic organizations that require educators to take an iterative approach to designing curriculum, instruction, and assessment—one that responds to changing and diverse student needs, stakeholder perspectives, policies, accountability requirements, emerging technologies, family and community resources, and other internal and external forces. In this course, education professionals engage in active inquiry at the systems level and address real-world scenarios and problems. Learners can gain experience and expertise in promoting best practices in education, overcoming barriers to student learning and involving family and community partners, all while meeting and complying with relevant policies, laws, ethical practices, and standards. Education professionals explore key components of a successful learning community, the role of a leader within a dynamic system, professional dispositions, current educational trends and issues, and how technologies are creating new opportunities for organizational change and improved student performance.
Using data to inform instruction, assessment, and evaluation promotes continuous improvement and student achievement. Instructional leaders must have the ability to ground current practice in data—a process that includes reviewing and discerning data, evaluating current practices, setting an appropriate vision for the future, prioritizing the work, identifying measurable goals, developing an action plan, and then monitoring the results. Education professionals in this course examine the inextricable link between instruction and assessment. They engage in a diagnostic process designed to meet diverse student and systemic needs. They also examine the role of formative and summative assessments in making instructional decisions, the various forms and purposes of assessment, and how the ongoing use of assessment data can move curriculum and instruction beyond mediocrity to support rigorous learning for all students. The effective use of instructional practices such as blended learning, the "flipped" classroom, and the appropriate use of technology to support learning is also examined.
Meaningful and engaging learning occurs when curriculum extends beyond the classroom to promote a climate for social change. In this course, education professionals will use a documentary case scenario to evaluate the use of service learning as a tool for connecting the curriculum to real-world experiences, while also supporting the community and its citizens. Educators will select an appropriate learner-centered curriculum model, design an interdisciplinary service project, and prepare a presentation for stakeholders' consideration, illustrating the potential of service learning as a catalyst for bringing a learner-centered curriculum, citizenship, and standards to life.
Effective educational leaders must have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to evaluate programs and make data-driven decisions to promote continuous improvement for all learners. In this course, education professionals use available data points and tools to evaluate the design, implementation, and program outcomes to determine a program's impact on the learner, family, and community. The results of the program evaluation may lead educational professionals to develop action plans that include the development of community outreach programs, grants, legislation/policy reform, professional development plans, or technology solutions. In this course, education professionals determine whether to recommend an improvement plan on an existing program or propose a new program or initiative.