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

Introduction to Curriculum Theory
Introduction to Curriculum Theory focuses on exploring and applying an understanding of Scholar Academic, Social Efficiency, Learner Centered, and Social Reconstruction Ideologies in various instructional settings.

Learning Theories
Learning Theories focuses on the complexity of the current learning environment and how behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism, and personal learning philosophy can assist in the development of appropriate curriculum and instruction.

Instructional Theory
Instructional Theory focuses on exploring instructional theory by reflecting on instructional systems, instructional delivery systems, instructional teaching, and instructional planning to meet the learning needs in instructional settings.

Educational Psychology
Educational Psychology focuses on the latest in child and adolescent development and provides educators the opportunity to apply educational psychology to various instructional settings, and explore the areas of applied educational psychology to teaching, cognitive development, social development, and cultural development by designing, developing, modifying, and evaluating curriculum and instruction in various educational settings according to child/adolescent development.

Curriculum Design
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
Curriculum Evaluation focuses on exploring evaluations systems and student data for the effectiveness of curriculum, as well as, the focus on differentiating curriculum based on student data.

Assessment for Student Learning
Assessment for Student Learning focuses the knowledge and skills to identify, develop, and design instrument tools for evaluating student learning, and exploring the use of objective, performance-based, formative assessment, and summative assessments, including the results, in the evaluation of curriculum and instruction for student learning.

Differentiated 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

Research Foundations

Research Questions and Literature Review
The Research Questions and Literature Reviews for Educational Research course focuses on how to conduct a thorough literature review that addresses and identifies important educational research topics, problems, and questions, and helps determine the appropriate kind of research and data needed to answer one's research questions and hypotheses.

Research Design and Analysis
The Research Design and Analysis course focuses on applying strategies for effective design of empirical research studies. Particular emphasis is placed on selecting or constructing the design that will provide the most valid results, analyzing the kind of data that would be obtained, and making defensible interpretations and drawing appropriate conclusions based on the data.