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Curriculum, Developmental, and Learning Theories


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Course level: Graduate

This course provides an overview of foundational and contemporary learning theories and the principles of brain-based learning and cognitive information processing. Students will examine how learning theory contributes to the intellectual development of learners and the impact it has on the educational process and curriculum design. With these concepts as a foundation, students will analyze curriculum processes and procedures, investigate implications of the theories for educational programming, and interpret the interaction of these theories with public policy.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Foundational Learning Theories

Contemporary Learning Theories

Cognitive Information Processing and Brain-based Learning

Applying Learning Theories

Historical Foundations of Curriculum

Contemporary Curriculum Issues

Evaluation of Instructional Programs

Learning and Curriculum Theories Applied


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Accreditation that matters

We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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