Curriculum and Instruction Degree Programs

Whether you want to design educational programs for adult learners, office workers or children of any age, you can get the skills and expertise you need with a degree program in Curriculum and Instruction. Courses will focus on helping students learn to develop, design and implement their own curriculum to use as a teacher in their own classrooms or to share with other teachers and institutions. You will also learn how to effectively teach students from all backgrounds.

Courses in a typical Curriculum and Instruction program will teach students what requirements they must meet in their curriculum design so that they are up to the standards set by local, state and federal educational guidelines. Students will learn basic teaching and educational principles, but will also be expected to learn to use a wide variety of teaching tools in the curriculum they design. This can include websites, CD-ROMs and multimedia presentations designed to help educate and monitor the performance of students of all grade levels. Students may take courses that can help them to better understand the psychology and development of those they are designing materials for as well.

Students applying to Curriculum and Instruction programs will need to have earned a high school diploma or GED if applying for an undergraduate program or a Bachelor’s degree if applying for a Master’s program. Students applying to a Master’s program may not need to have an undergraduate degree in teaching as some English, communications and technology majors may be considered qualified to enter the program. Students entering this field will need to have a good understanding of behavior and development and must be able to work effectively with a diverse group of people. Skills like organization, Web design, clear and concise writing, and an understanding of new technology will also be advantageous.

Curriculum and Instruction programs will prepare graduates to work in a range of positions. Some graduates will choose to use their skills as teachers and educators of all kinds, whether in a K-12 setting or in workplace training and adult education programs. Others may work designing curriculum and instructional practices for school wide or district use and help other staff members to implement these programs. Some careers may even be available for creating new textbooks for use in schools and educational programs.

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