This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.
Credits earned from this certificate program may be applied toward Walden’s MS in Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.
|Course Code||EDUC 6730||Course||Curriculum Design for Learning||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6731||Course||Assessment for Student Learning||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6734||Course||Differentiated Instruction (Accelerating)||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6651||Course||Teacher Leadership in the Classroom: Increasing Learning and Achievement||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
Professional educators must have the knowledge and skill to make important decisions regarding what students learn and how they will learn it to ensure student success. In this course, education professionals engage in a research-based process for designing and mapping curriculum that motivates students and promotes academic success. Beginning with the end in mind, education professionals identify clear learning goals and big ideas, create authentic assessments, and develop essential questions to guide effective instructional planning and ongoing assessments using their district or state standards and/or benchmarks. They also apply the curriculum design process to a subject area they teach, keeping in mind the influence of learning environment, family involvement, and social development on the design process.
Education professionals in this course examine the historical and contemporary perspectives on assessment, including trends in high-stakes assessment and accountability. They learn types and purposes of assessment as well as how to use assessments effectively. Education professionals also analyze strengths and weaknesses of various assessment methods and use ongoing assessments to guide decisions that will improve student performance. They explore and discuss data collecting and analysis, grading, record-keeping, and reporting. Additionally, they learn the importance of student self-assessment and the best ways to support their students in monitoring learning and reflecting on how to improve personal performance.
In this course, education professionals maximize learning for every student in the class—no matter how far behind or ahead he or she may be. With this course, teachers examine student differences, learn how and when to differentiate their instruction, and learn how to use assessment to adjust their instructional planning. Education professionals work with curriculum and standards, using differentiation strategies to design lessons that can be applied immediately with the students. Education professionals learn how to:Analyze and summarize student differences based on readiness, interest, and learning profile.Evaluate and plan changes to one's learning environment to better support differentiated instruction.Develop classroom organization and management routines to address student readiness, interest, and learning profile.
The focus of teacher leadership expands from self to students, increasing the sphere of influence of the teacher leader to the classroom context in this course. Education professionals concentrate on advancing their expertise in the field of teaching by increasing their knowledge and skills in three key areas: knowledge of learners and learning; knowledge of subject matter and curriculum goals; and knowledge of effective teaching models, strategies, and practices. They learn to apply this expertise in the classroom in ways that directly affect the learning and achievement of their students.