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Online Curriculum & Instruction Degrees

Curriculum and Instruction Design is a relatively new field. Many K-12 school systems depend on curriculum designers to assess and develop a curriculum that meets state and federal standards and measures student performance. Curriculum and instruction designers also generate new teaching tools based on education research, and implement existing technologies such as educational websites, multimedia, and CD-ROMs.

Curriculum & Instruction training programs are available at both the bachelor and master degree level. A bachelor's degree is a minimum qualification for a Curriculum Design career, but the master's is quickly becoming standard in the field. Both college degrees require a high school diploma.

Curriculum and Instruction Design programs offer a solid foundation in learning theory, instructional design, and the application of educational research methods. The program also offers an introduction to state-of-the-art education technology. Interactive learning via websites and multimedia presentations is an increasingly popular teaching mode. Aspiring curriculum designers study these new modalities, and develop strategies for teaching students with different learning styles.

Curriculum and Instruction Design is in part a response to the new emphasis on standardized assessment in public education. The Curriculum Design program also teaches designers to align instruction with these new federal and state requirements, and incorporate standardized testing into the curriculum.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts strong growth of about 26% in Curriculum and Instruction Design jobs between 2000 and 2012. The median salary for curriculum designers was over $51,000 in 2004.

Curriculum and Instruction is an exciting field with the laudable goal of improving public education. A bachelor degree can get you started on the path to a curriculum design job.

Online Degrees in Curriculum & Instruction

AIU Online

In addition to the seven campuses scattered across the United States, Britain and the United Arab Emirates, American InterContinental University Online offers a variety of degree programs to students online. They offer seven major schools, each of which offer a variety of degree programs. These include the schools of: more

Curriculum & Instruction Degrees Offered:
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction

    The program is designed for educators who want to stay up-to-date on the most current pedagogical techniques. The curriculum is primarily designed focuses to help students develop a solid foundation of knowledge in learning theory, instructional design, and the application of educational research methods. Graduates will be well-prepared to pursue careers such as course designer, education consultant, or curriculum manager.

  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Instructional Technology

    This program is designed for teachers, corporate instructors, military trainers, and others holding similar positions who have prior experience in the field of education. The curriculum focuses on integrating technology as a means of learning as well as the potential for collaborative virtual learning environments made possible by Internet-delivered course content.

  • Master's (M. Ed.) in Educational Assessment and Evaluation

    This program offers a career-focused curriculum that emphasizes the importance of evaluation systems and their overall effectiveness. It has been designed primarily for current professionals who wish to build their credentials by learning to assess an organization's existing evaluation system, recognize and critique valid evaluation instruments, and manage an organization's evaluation system, including certification programs.

  • Master's (M. Ed.) in Leadership in Educational Organizations

    This program offers a career-focused curriculum that emphasizes the importance of institutional administration of educational programs. Graduates from this concentration program will be well prepared to pursue careers as school and university administrators such as assistant principal, principal, Dean, and instructional manager. Students will study course design and implementation, human resources, and educational research methods.

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Jones International University

Since it became the first fully online university to be accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Jones University has allowed thousands of working professionals to acquire their degree. The classes at Jones University are project-based just like day to day life in the workplace. This enables a more hands-on simulative approach to learning. more

Curriculum & Instruction Degrees Offered:
  • M.Ed. in K-12 Instructional Technology

    Designed for education professionals who have received formal professional teacher licensure, this degree specialization will prepare you for a career as an instructional technology teacher. The program combines best practices in learning theory, literacy strategies, and assessment methods with the latest knowledge in interactive e-learning, web and multimedia authoring, and classroom technology integration.

  • M.Ed. in K-12 Instructional Technology: Teacher Licensure

    This degree is designed specifically for aspiring elementary and secondary teachers seeking certification in this growing field. The program combines the best practices in learning theory, literacy strategies, and assessment methods with the latest knowledge in interactive e-learning, web and multimedia authoring, and classroom technology integration. Additionally, the program aligns with ISTE and Colorado Department of Education standards and prepares students to become endorsed as instructional technology teachers.

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University of Phoenix

With more than 8,000 faculty and staff, University of Phoenix is the largest accredited private university. In its online incarnation, University of Phoenix has distilled its programs into accelerated course programs to help you get the most degree in the least amount of time without breaking your wallet. more

Curriculum & Instruction Degrees Offered:
  • MAEd/Curriculum and Instruction

    This program allows students to develop and enhance their curriculum and instruction repertoire for the purposes of increasing student learning. The program encompasses the study of curricular planning and development with an integration of technology, assessment and evaluation practices, strategies for effective classroom instruction for a variety of learners and critical issues within the field of education.

  • MAEd/Adult Education

    This degree program is designed for education professionals and aspiring administrators in adult learning organizations. This project-based degree program is comprehensive – you will address not only theory, organizational development strategies, and assessments of adult learning, but you will also be able to apply this new knowledge to real-world situations.

  • MAEd/Computer Education

    This program encompasses the study of curricular planning and development with an integration of technology, assessment and evaluation practices, strategies for effective classroom instruction for a variety of learners and critical issues within the field of education. It focuses on using computers and how computers fit in education.

  • Doctor of Ed/Curriculum and Instruction

    This program enables leaders to achieve high levels of performance through applied scholarship, rigorous analysis, and comprehensive evaluation methodology. It is designed to emphasize curricular leadership and to focus on applied research that improves instruction and educational outcomes. It will prepare learners to become instructional leaders who will strategically manage and lead processes related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

  • MAEd/Curriculum and Instruction-ESL

    This specialization focuses on instructional methods and materials for teaching English as a second language, the theories for the acquisition of a second language, the testing and evaluation of students studying English as a second language, and the development of a curriculum for ESL students.

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Grand Canyon University

Whether you would like to supplement your on-campus curriculum with a few online courses or are interested in pursuing your entire degree online, Grand Canyon University Online has a variety of classes to choose from. more

Curriculum & Instruction Degrees Offered:
  • M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction: Reading

    The Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Reading is designed for certified or experienced teachers who wish to apply theory and educational best practices to the delivery of curriculum, instructions and assessment in order to improve the reading abilities of their students. Courses cover cognition, emergent literature, linguistics, phonics and developmental and corrective reading processes. Students must have access to a K-12 classroom.

  • M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction: Technology

    The Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Technology is designed for certified or experienced teachers who wish to learn to use technology to improve their curriculum and the success of their students. Courses cover educational applications of technology, interactive design for the classroom and distance learning. Students apply concepts in observational and practice-based activities. Students must have access to a K-12 classroom.

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Ellis College MBA

Ellis College offers a career-oriented, professional education in conjunction with the New York Institute of Technology's high standards of excellence. The online environment features a collaborative network of tools and applications so students can take advantage of today's leading technologies. more

Curriculum & Instruction Degrees Offered:
  • MS-Instructional Technology for Educators

    This degree program prepares students to effectively integrate advanced technology into classroom practices to enhance learning for all students. It focuses on the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to assess classroom learning environments, technology access, and learners engaged in various content area studies, as well as design, develop, implement, and evaluate instructional activities that integrate multimedia, the Internet, and other technology available towards the goal of providing effective, efficient, and appealing instruction.

  • MS-Instructional Technology for Professional Trainers

    The program focuses on the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to pursue careers as professional trainers, instructional designers, e-learning specialists, and internal consultants working in corporate, not-for-profit, and government settings. Graduates are able to assess learning and performance problems and identify instructional and non-instructional solutions. They are equipped with the skills to design, develop, implement, and evaluate training activities that integrate multimedia, the Internet, and other technology available towards the goal of providing effective, efficient, and appealing training.

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