Improving Instructional Practices and Curriculum Design

This course of study is the most flexible master’s online option at the University of San Diego (USD). It allows you to choose your specialization courses from across the School Leadership, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), Inclusive Learning: Special Education and Universal Design or the Literacy and Digital Learning offerings. With these courses, you will focus on the design, delivery, and assessment of lessons, units, and programs. The Master of Education online program teaches you to systematically examine both your own practices and leading national and international exemplars and considers how the Common Core Standards play a role in curriculum development. If you are a transfer student to USD, this specialization may make the most sense for you.

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Course of Study

Earn this University of San Diego Masters Degree in Education by completing 10 courses (3-units each) for 30 units of coursework. Your Masters in Education online program consists of five foundation courses including a capstone action research project as well as five specialization courses. You may begin your study in any semester with any of the courses offered. The Capstone Seminar is the final course in the program and builds on knowledge gained in the research and specialization courses.

Program Course Curriculum

The Master of Education with Curriculum and Instruction specialization program spans over five different semesters which includes a mandatory orientation course. Each semester is fourteen weeks and is split into two different courses. The first course is seven weeks and the second course is seven weeks. Below is a sample outline of what the span of the Master of Education with Curriculum and Instruction specialization program may look like:

Orientation

Course Units
Master of Education Orientation 0

Semester 1

Course Units
Qualitative Methods in Educational Research 3
Teaching Digital Readers 3
Teaching Students on the Autism Spectrum 3
Artistic Modeling and Representation in Science and Math Education 3
Data Driven Decision Making 3
Only Qualitative Methods in Educational Research [EDUC 523] is a core course, students can choose any 1 elective from the other listed courses.

Semester 2

Course Units
Social Justice and Educational Equity 3
Critical Media Literacy in the Classroom 3
Identifying and Responding To the Needs of Diverse Learners 3
STEAM and Special Student Populations 3
Ethical Leadership in an Era of School Reform 3
Only Social Justice and Educational Equity [EDUC 520] is a core course, students can choose any 1 elective from the other listed courses.

Semester 3

Course Units
Educational Research Methodology 3
Teaching Digital Writers 3
Co-Teaching: Collaborating in an Inclusive Environment 3
Communication, Technology, and Curriculum Design 3
Leading Professional Learning Communities 3
Only Educational Research Methodology [EDUC 522] is a core course, students can choose any 1 elective from the other listed courses.

Semester 4

Course Units
Cognition & Learning 3
Participatory Learning in 21st Century Classrooms 3
Disability in Education Policy and Law 3
Engineering Design Process in Math and Science Education 3
Instructional Leadership 3
Only Cognition & Learning [EDUC 521] is a core course, students can choose any 1 elective from the other listed courses.

Semester 5

Course Units
Capstone Seminar 3
Youth and Digital Media 3
Designing Learning Environments For All 3
Creativity & Innovation in STEAM 3
Family, School, and Community Partnerships 3
Only Capstone Seminar [EDUC 550] is a core course, students can choose any 1 elective from the other listed courses.

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