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Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction Degree

Become a leader in curriculum transformation

Education today is a dynamic process that must respond quickly to changes in cultural, demographic, technological and other forces. The William Woods University Education Specialist in Curriculum & Instruction degree program prepares you to respond to these challenges through an understanding of transformative curriculum design and its implication for learning. This program outlines effective practices for curriculum leadership and will help you clarify your educational values while emphasizing the critical interrelationship of curriculum, instruction and assessment. You will be exposed to various means of curriculum reform, as well as a variety of reform initiatives. The Education specialist program is designed to correlate with the Missouri Superintendent Standards as the focal point of curriculum leadership, focusing on pedagogy, current research and educational trends.

At William Woods, you’ll be participating in an Education graduate program known for its excellence and for providing a significant number of the leaders in Missouri’s state school system. As one of these students, you will have the opportunity to learn from active practitioners in the field and make the connections you need for leadership and career growth.

This degree is designed to fit the schedules of working pk-12 teachers and can be completed in two years or less through evening courses taught in convenient locations around the state. You can expect rigorous coursework with real-world relevance, designed and taught by professionals who have proven their expertise. We structure the schedule intentionally to keep students together, allowing you to develop lasting relationships with peers focused on similar career goals. And, to make this an investment you can count on, your tuition will not go up as long as you stay continuously enrolled.

Your Education Specialist degree at work

This program is designed for teachers, instructional coaches, curriculum directors and principals with an interest in staying current in instructional and circular issues in pk-12 schools. As a graduate, you will be trained as a leader in the areas of curriculum construction, instructional development and assessment. You may become a curriculum, instruction or assessment leader within a school district; or a master teacher or teacher leader.

Requirements/Curriculum

You will earn the degree by completing ten three-credit courses including a capstone practicum course, 40 hours of field work and a final curriculum project.

Courses

EDU603

Curriculum Auditing & Mapping

3

EDU605

Issues in Curriculum Leadership

3

EDU610

Utilizing Statistical Procedures in Educational Research & Evaluation

3

EDU635

Curriculum Leadership

3

EDU645

Application of Learning Frameworks

3

EDU655

Instruction and Assessment Design

3

EDU660

Educational Reform & Innovation for Improvement

3

EDU680

Advanced School Law and Policy Development

3

EDU690

Differentiated & Supplemental Program

3

EDU696

Curriculum Leadership Practicum

3

Requirements

  • Completed application
  • A 500-word essay describing your professional experiences and explaining how this degree will help you achieve your career goals
  • Current resume or summary of work experience
  • Official transcripts (3.0 GPA or higher) mailed from the college/university you graduated from

Cohorts available across Missouri

William Woods advanced education programs bring evening classrooms to districts and educators where there is interest. Districts in Fulton, Columbia, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City, Moberly, Springfield, Ozark, Cape Girardeau, Rolla and many more are running cohorts currently or have in the past.

William Woods in the real world

Many of our graduates hold leadership positions in Missouri’s schools. All of them are great teachers.

Perspectives

“What separates William Woods University is the quality of our instructors. They’re successful school leaders from around the state, actually out there doing what we’re teaching others to do.”

James C. Head, Director of Administrative Field Experience