Curriculum and Instruction Concentration
The curriculum and instruction concentration is structured to provide the classroom teacher with the enhanced knowledge and skills necessary to achieve educational excellence. This includes not only the elements of effective curriculum design and instructional processes, but also the contemporary context in which such complex decisions are made. Curriculum and instruction has long been the flagship concentration in the Master of Arts in Education and provides graduate candidates with an expanded repertoire of effective contemporary educational practices.
- Program total: 32 credit hours (degree and concentration)
- Structured to provide the classroom teacher with the enhanced knowledge and skills necessary to achieve educational excellence.
- Includes contemporary context in which complex decisions are made — elements of effective curriculum design and instructional processes.
- Format: evening or evening/online combination
In appreciation of the services offered to our community by educators at all levels, Fontbonne University offers a 15 percent discount to qualified individuals enrolled in graduate coursework.
Qualified educators include those who work at least half-time in a nursery school, a pre-K through 12 school system or post-secondary institution.
A discount application form is available from the Fontbonne admission representative or program director with whom you are working. The form must be completed each semester or enrollment term to receive the discount.
Specialty Course Requirements
- EDU 528
Differentiated Instruction3 hours
This course examines components of differentiated and
brain-compatible instruction. Using best practice models,
participants review, evaluate, and apply methodologies
which lead to curriculum development, lesson/unit
planning, effective integration of technology, and other
elements which support brain-compatible and
differentiated instruction. Ways of aligning appropriate
assessment methods and making data-driven decisions are
addressed. Students reflect upon ways in which time,
resources, and energy can be focused to strengthen
differentiated instruction, ensuring that all students have
access to the curriculum and to meaningful learning.
- EDU 529
Enhancing Student Achievement through Positive Behavioral Supports3 credits
This course focuses upon positive school climate and productive behavior of diverse students in inclusive, educational settings. A major component of this course is the study of research-validated practices that support classroom management and school-wide management procedures. A framework of effective behavior supports is applied that maximizes achievement and socialization for school-wide, classroom, and individualized programs. Emphasis is placed upon the teacher’s role in developing and sustaining student motivation, self-regulation, and resiliency. Importance of collaboration with colleagues, administration, family, and community will also be addressed.
- EDU 530
Understanding the Diverse Learner3 hours
This course focuses on the impact of culture upon student
achievement, the cognitive styles of diverse learners and
the context of the predominant school culture in which
they find themselves. Theories that address the academic
achievement gap and the over-identification of diverse
learners for special services are discussed. Research on
the importance of the teacher-student relationship as it
affects achievement is also examined.
- EDU 547
Curriculum Design, Assessment, and Improvement3 hours
This course will assist the teacher in the design of
classroom curriculum. The emphasis will be on
application to the contemporary classroom with special attention to new demands for interdisciplinary instruction,
authentic learning, and performance standards. Methods
for assessing curriculum effectiveness will be addressed,
along with strategies for establishing a continuous cycle
of program improvement.
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