Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction Courses


Program of Study
Program Total: 33 Credit Hours

The program includes 33 total hours, including 15 hours of curriculum and instruction core courses, 6 hours of P-12 expertise courses, 9 hours of research and assessment core courses, and a 3 hour capstone and applied research course.

Curriculum & Instruction Core Courses: All courses required for a total of 15 hours

  • This course provides an analysis of curriculum development and methods for aligning course content to goals and evaluation procedures. The ideological, philosophical, historical, psychological, and social foundations of curriculum will be explored to help students better understand how curriculum models might be utilized in an ever changing and emerging educational environment. As a result of this course, students will demonstrate advanced ability to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum that promotes student learning.
  • Course addresses recent advances in learning theories and human development from birth to emerging adulthood with application to P-12 student learning in the content areas (reading, writing, mathematics, science, history, and second languages) as well as recent advances in the areas of critical thinking, self-regulation, and motivation. Current research in the area of human development is explored from a cross-cultural perspective- helping educators understand how culture impacts development and why it matters. These understandings are then integrated with learning theories and applied to instruction in diverse P-12 settings by exploring instructional methods that foster meaningful learning for all students.
  • Instructional Decision-Making is designed to develop teachers’ abilities in improving student learning within their classrooms through the cyclical process of analysis of data on student learning, evaluating available resources and strategies for the appropriate intervention, and continued assessment of the results of the intervention on future learning. Teachers will also learn to scale up this process with content or grade level teams through collaborative assessment of student learning, analysis of areas of difficulty, and planned interventions.
  • Curriculum Development for Diverse Learners prepares teachers to develop curriculum and instruction that is universal in design and based on best practices research in General Education, Special Education, and Teaching Speakers of Other Languages. The proposed curriculum model follows the precepts of Universal Design for Learning and provides built-in adaptations to lessons that reduce the amount of time needed to create individual accommodations and modifications for diverse students (i.e., students with exceptionalities and those who are culturally and linguistically diverse). Key concepts addressed in this course include Curriculum Mapping, Backwards Design, Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP), Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and Interdisciplinary Unit Development. Additional attention will be paid to the Core Curriculum and other Georgia Performance Standards as they continue to unfold from the Georgia Department of Education.
  • This course introduces candidates to the technologies most commonly purchased by school districts and explores technology-supported, research-based pedagogical strategies to maximize student learning in the candidate’s certification field. Candidates will apply current research and instructional design principles to digital age learning experiences for students using interactive white boards, student response systems, instructional software and other frequently-purchased productivity tools.

P-12 Expertise Courses: 6 credit hours

Six hours of coursework focused at a different level than that of one's initial teaching level of certification. For P-12 certified teachers, completion of one course at the P-5 and 6-12 level.

Research and Assessment Core Courses: All courses required for a total of 9 hours

  • This course will serve as an introduction to qualitative research and methodologies. Methodological origins, theoretical frameworks, literature reviews, and basic methods of data collection and data analysis will be explored in conjunction with an analysis of relevant literature, educational research reports, and ethics in research. Students will apply basic skills of data collection and analysis. Students will differentiate between the types of qualitative research.
  • Candidates will demonstrate a functional understanding of the nature and design of quantitative research as applied to the educational arena including but not limited to the following topics; the nature and application of descriptive and basic inferential statistics including the concepts of variance, normal distribution, population, sample, power, effect size, hypothesis testing, parametric and nonparametric tests, interaction effects, validity, reliability; the strengths, weaknesses of quantitative research designs; the principles of data collection and analysis using computer software such as SPSS. Candidates will acquire and become proficient in analytical and interpretive skills; and will be prepared to conduct applied quantitative research that will bear positively on schools.
  • This course focuses on planning, constructing, analyzing, and applying educational assessment to document student performance for instructional and accountability purposes. Specific topics include guidelines for the development of traditional assessment questions, including the use of multiple-choice questions to measure critical thinking and problem-solving skills; guidelines and rubrics for the development and scoring of performance, writing and portfolio assessments; assessing affective outcomes; describing, analyzing and refining data to improve assessment; and the application and interpretation of standardized norm and criterion-referenced measures. Additionally, attention will be paid to multicultural assessment procedures and concerns relevant to external assessment programs.

Capstone and Applied Research Course: 3 credit hours

  • This seminar serves as a capstone experience for the candidate in the Curriculum and Instruction program. Candidates develop their expertise in a focused area of curriculum and instruction through an independent, research-based project. Candidates will provide evidence of their ability to design, implement and evaluate curriculum and instruction to improve student learning. Face-to-face and online delivery methods will also be utilized.

Additional Information

Students must petition to graduate during the semester PRIOR to their graduation semester. See the KSU Registrar’s website for more information.

Contact your Ed.S. Program Advisor at ciedssmge@kennesaw.edu for advising.