Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction

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Certificate Programs do not equate to a graduate degree program but rather demonstrate mastery a specific area of interest or topic. Students must have earned both the baccalaureate degree before admission to this Program of Study is granted. 

The Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction offers experienced teachers the opportunity to learn new ways to become more effective in the classroom through the use of new teaching techniques and a varied approach to curriculum development. The Program requires the completion of 15 graduate credits. Courses include student learning styles, school and family, program evaluation, global perspectives on education, and current issues and problems in schools. Courses taken in the Program may be applied to the Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching Program.


Select five courses from the following:

          EDU-544 Educational Assessment (3)
          EDU-552 Global Perspectives in Teaching (3)
          EDU-556 Technology for Instruction and Management (3)
          EDU-560 Legal Issues (3)
          EDU-563 Curriculum Development (3) 
          EDU-567 Learning Theory and Practice (3)
          SPE-590 Foundations of Literacy I: Teaching the Dyslexic Student (3) 
          SPE-591 Foundations of Math:Understanding Math as a Language (3)


EDU-544 Educational Assessment

Focuses on student assessment and the relationship of assessment practices to instructional decisionmaking. Students will consider, analyze and apply a variety of approaches for interpreting individual and group behavior based on relevant research and best practices. Traditional assessment techniques, using standardized and criterion instruments, will be explored, as well as direct performance and portfolio assessments. Both classroom and clinical practice assessment strategies will be explored. [ 3 credits ]

EDU-552 Global Perspectives in Teaching

Encourages an open inquiry into the nature of global education as a means to prepare students for intelligent participation in the contemporary world. Classroom materials and techniques are used to explore global issues, such as hunger, poverty, the environmental crisis, international development and world peace. Integrates content with pedagogy. [ 3 credits ]

EDU-556 Technology for Instruction and Management

Introduces learners to technology as a tool for classroom instruction and management. Students will be given opportunities in planning, designing and producing projects that meet the instructional needs of students. The projects encompass skills in word processing, video, Web pages, multimedia and other technologies. Students examine online information services and the integration of technology into the curriculum and practice. [ 3 credits ]

EDU-560 Legal Issues for Teachers and Administrators

Surveys the fundamental legal principles and issues which affect public and private education. They will become acquainted with the American legal process and basic legal terminology. Using the case study approach to contemporary education law, students will become familiar with the diversity of legal issues that affect educators' professional lives. [ 3 credits ]

EDU-563 Curriculum Development

Considers the forces driving quality curriculum development. This course examines how different groups, issues, ideologies and research have influenced what and how children have been taught historically. Attention will be focused on recent reform literature directed at schools and its likely impact on curriculum. Current political, economic, demographic and academic trends will be studied. The process for curriculum design will be examined and applied as students develop a sample guide using the class as a workshop group. The course concludes with an analysis of future curriculum needs and the role of educators in bringing about needed changes. [ 3 credits ]

EDU-567 Learning Theory and Practice

Evaluates theories of learning from cognitive, physiological and affective perspectives as a basis for effective instructional practice. Research into the theoretical basis for learning and higher level thinking skills is applied to educational planning, implementation, and evaluation. [ 3 credits ]

SPE-591 Foundations of Math I: Understanding Math as a Language

This course is designed to help teachers deliver content to best teach students with language or math-based learning differences. The course focuses on creating a foundation of conceptual understanding, building number sense, developing visual-spatial skills, and promoting procedural fluency. The growth of these skills becomes the bedrock for guiding students to acquire mathematical language. Like our alphabet, math is a symbolic language that needs to be carefully taught using direct instructional techniques.  [ 3 credits ]