Curriculum and Instruction
The home department for the graduate programs in curriculum instruction, the Department of Educational Theory and Practice (ETAP), is a vibrant and inclusive community of students and faculty. In this community, students and faculty dream and challenge, create and examine, test and implement the best of what education can be to meet the contemporary learning needs of society wherever those arise.
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The Master’s in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology program is designed for students who wish to extend their expertise in curriculum and instructional design and in instructional technology. It is also useful for students wishing to prepare for leadership positions in government, social service, health-related fields, corporate training, and development of educational media products. Students in the CDIT program can alternatively create a general program of study on issues of educational theory and practice tailored to their specific background and career goals. Students can complete the CDIT master’s through either classroom-based or online coursework.
The Certificate of Advanced Study in Curriculum and Instruction allows students to design a flexible program of study using coursework from a variety of schools and colleges at the University. The program offers coursework for students seeking advanced study in any of the doctoral program specializations. The CAS requires a minimum of sixty hours of study and research beyond the baccalaureate. This program is suggested for those who wish advanced study in a particular topic but are not interested in pursuing research.
The program offers a broad and intensive investigation of issues in educational theory and practice. Theory and practice are each seen as necessary extensions of the other and as establishing criteria by which the other can be judged. The PhD in Curriculum and Instruction program emphasizes cutting-edge theory in curriculum and instruction and rigorous standards of research in the construction of new knowledge about education. Doctoral students are encouraged to engage in active programs of research, both with faculty and independently, that demand strong conceptual understanding of contemporary issues in education and a flexible array of responses.
The Certificate in Computing Education (CCE) is designed to address the needs of teachers who seek to deliver effective and engaging curricula in computer science and/or introduce the new literacy of computational thinking to K-12 students. The CCE program provides teachers the knowledge, skills and competencies to teach introductory computer science courses such as Exploring Computer Science and Computer Science Principles. The program will also help teachers to develop their own developmentally appropriate curricula in computing for students in K-12 settings. This Certificate of Graduate Study provides a competitive advantage for teachers with interests in the rapidly growing arena of computer science and information technology. All courses in the CCE Program are also applicable to the Master’s Degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology.
The COLT Program is designed for students who wish to gain critical conceptual knowledge as well as advanced practical skills in how to develop curriculum, instruction and assessment in fully online and blended learning environments. Developed to meet the needs of students who pursue degrees in education and related fields and who teach or plan to work in public and private schools, administer online programs, support online faculty, develop online curriculum, or deliver online training in a wide variety of settings.