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Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Grades K–12) - MS in Education

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This 30-semester-credit specialization is informed by the Middle Childhood Generalist and Early Adolescent Generalist standards set forth by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and various content area professional societies. The alignment of curriculum, assessment, and instruction is a complex task but helps to meet this goal: All children can learn.

Instituting standards inherently levels the playing field, suggesting the same achievement goals for all students, regardless of socioeconomic conditions, ethnicity, or learning differences. Specialization content focuses on current thinking about how teachers can best align their curriculum with state and local content standards. Each course is 8 weeks in length, and there are two consecutive courses per semester. The specialization is offered in a prescribed online sequence.

Learning Outcomes

The Program Learning Outcomes are aligned with Walden Outcomes.

Walden University’s CIA program strives to produce graduates with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to help students learn to respect and appreciate individual and group differences through the use of lessons and behaviors.
  2. Use a variety of approaches to help students build knowledge and strengthen understanding.

Degree Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
  • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio
  • Minimum 5 semesters enrollment

Specialization Curriculum

Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification

This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure. 

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.