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.

Concentration Highlights

  • 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

Educator's Discount

FinancialAid_Scholarships_Educators 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 Instruction

    3 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 Supports

    3 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 Learner

    3 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 Improvement

    3 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.

Contact Us

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