Foundations Of Curriculum And Instruction – cur558 (3 credits)

This course focuses on understanding what curriculum is and how it is developed in schools.  Curriculum planning is examined, as is the philosophy in this process.  Procedures involved in curriculum development, planning, and implementation are addressed; practical application is emphasized.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

History and Foundations of Curriculum

  • Analyze the history and trends of curriculum planning and design
  • Examine the roles of curriculum personnel in the 21st century
  • Define curriculum

Impact of Personal Philosophy and Learning Theories on Curriculum Development and Design

  • Examine the impact that personal philosophies have on curriculum and on an educational environment
  • Describe various learning theories and their influence on curriculum planning and design
  • Summarize the major educational philosophies

Curriculum Planning Process

  • Describe various types of curricula
  • Examine the focal points for developing, designing, and implementing curriculum
  • Identify the four stages of the curriculum planning process
  • Analyze the influence that educational standards have on curriculum

Curriculum Development and Design

  • Describe the influence that school districts’ mission statements have on curriculum design
  • Analyze the instructional variables associated with curriculum development and design
  • Examine the role of technology in curriculum development and design

Curriculum Implementation

  • Identify the roles of school personnel and external groups in the curriculum development and implementation process
  • Analyze leadership roles in the process of curriculum implementation
  • Examine curriculum issues at the elementary, middle, and high school level

Improvements in the Curriculum Implementation Process

  • Analyze the function of educational, societal, and political changes in the process of curriculum implementation
  • Describe several lessons of curriculum change
  • Identify collaborative work cultures for curriculum

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