MS Curriculum and Instruction Areas of Study

The WGU Master of Science program content is based on research on effective instruction, as well as national and state standards. It provides the knowledge and skills that enable licensed educational professionals to develop curriculum to teach effectively in diverse classrooms. The degree program is focused on preparing highly qualified licensed educational professionals. The hallmarks of our program include (a) appropriate and rigorous subject matter preparation, (b) curriculum and instruction integration using proven curriculum and instructional components, and (c) real-life application of lesson plans in various instructional settings.

Curriculum and Instruction

The Curriculum and Instruction area of study prepares student to develop their knowledge and skills in the application of sound, empirically-based principles of education. Students will develop a rich toolkit of knowledge, skills, and abilities from which to create effective, efficient, appropriate, and innovative curriculum and instruction relevant to the instructional settings of today.

Introduction to Curriculum Theory
Focuses on exploring curriculum theory by evaluating it in various settings including your own approach to designing curriculum.

Learning Theories
Focuses on analyzing and applying key principles of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism and looking at curriculum and instruction as two independent areas working together to guide and support student learning.

Instructional Theory
Focuses on the latest in child and adolescent development and provides educators the opportunity to apply educational psychology in various instructional settings. Students also explore the areas of applied educational psychology to teaching, cognitive development, social development, and cultural development.

Educational Psychology
Focuses on exploring instructional theory by reflecting on instructional systems, instructional delivery systems, instructional teaching, and instructional planning.

Curriculum Design
Focuses on exploring curriculum design theory, educational standards, and design frameworks for what to teach. Together these topics will provide educators with the ability to take principles of curriculum theory and apply them when developing, designing, and modifying curriculum to meet learning needs in their instructional setting.

Curriculum Evaluation
Focuses on exploring evaluations systems and student data for the effectiveness of curriculum.

Assessment for Student Learning
Focuses on using formative and summative data from assessments in order to evaluate and make adjustments to curriculum and/or instruction.

Differentiated Instruction
Focuses on developing and implementing curriculum and instructional strategies to lesson plans in order to best meet the needs of all learners in various instructional settings.

Research Fundamentals

The research fundamentals area of study prepares students to conduct research and also to become informed consumers of research.

Foundations of Research
Focuses on differentiating between different research paradigms, including qualitative, quantitative, and action research.

Literature Reviews for Educational Research
Focuses on selecting an appropriate research topic, evaluating the reliability of primary and secondary source information, and conducting a literature review.

Research Proposal
Focuses on developing a research proposal that includes the literature review, research questions, methodology, and data analysis.

Issues in Research Fundamentals
Focuses on developing a research strategy that clarifies what data to collect and how to analyze it using descriptive and inferential statistics.