Curriculum Instruction and Assessment (Grades K-12)

Learn to respond effectively to your students’ diverse learning needs and provide authentic, differentiated learning experiences that help students master the multidimensional skills required for success in the 21st century. Apply evidence-based and reflective practices to make informed decisions that will positively impact student learning. Design standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment that will help ensure all students learn and achieve at the highest levels possible.

This specialization supports the key premise that all children can learn—regardless of socioeconomic conditions, ethnicity, or learning differences. It focuses on providing 21st-century learning opportunities that serve all students. Its curriculum includes the latest information on brain-based learning and features access to national education experts like Dr. Judy Willis, whose expertise as both a neurologist and a teacher helps to demonstrate how this new information translates to effective practice in the classroom.

The Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Grades K–12) specialization is based on standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Core Propositions and Early Adolescent and Middle Childhood Generalist standards.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

  • Employ research-based processes for designing and mapping a meaningful and motivating curriculum.
  • Adapt curricula and instructional strategies to meet the diverse and changing needs and learning preferences of students.
  • Design curricula and assessment for students with special needs.
  • Develop and implement data-driven decisions.
  • Measure student learning through effective, ongoing assessment, including student self-assessment.

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Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester 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 advisor at 855-646-5286.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Grades K–12) Specialization

At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:

  1. Draw on knowledge of subject matter and curriculum to make sound decisions about what is important for students to learn within and across the subject areas of the middle childhood and middle grades curriculum.
  2. Develop lessons and behaviors that help students learn to respect and appreciate individual and group differences.
  3. Use a variety of approaches to help students build knowledge and strengthen understanding.
  4. Identify skills gaps and preconceptions students may bring to the subject.


Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6610 Course Teacher as Professional Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6730 Course Curriculum Design for Learning Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6651 Course Teacher Leadership in the Classroom: Increasing Learning and Achievement Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6650 Course Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6731 Course Assessment for Student Learning Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6657 Course Creating an Effective Classroom Learning Environment Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6732 Course Differentiated Instruction Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6674 Course Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Students With Special Needs Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6625 Course Habits of Mind: Thinking Skills to Promote Self-Directed Learning Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6733 Course Action Research for Educators Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

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