2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017) 
    Sep 23, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Specialist (EdS) in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

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The Education Specialist (EdS) in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment program is designed for classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, department chairs, directors of instruction, administrators, and any educator who seeks to influence positive educational change and improved student achievement through effective curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Through this program, educators are provided opportunities to develop best practices in learner-centered curriculum and instructional design and strategies, effective teaching, program evaluation, student assessment, and teacher professional development. Scenarios drawn from real life require learners to think critically about ways to drive innovation and change at the systemic level—including local school districts as well as regional, state, and federal education agencies—and apply strategies that can effect measurable improvement in P–12 schools. The critical-thinking skills needed to shape schools and school systems in order to meet the diverse needs of all students are emphasized in course projects and activities.

Learning Outcomes

The EdS CIA 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. Support learning for a diverse student population through the use of technology in effectively designed curriculum.
  2. Increase skills surrounding program design and evaluation through the use of professional development.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of educational trends/ issues in education to promote social change and make a positive impact in school and community environments.
  4. Utilize data-driven learner-centered assessment to promote continuous improvement in learning and teaching.
  5. Collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including families, school, and community members in order to advocate for student needs.
  6. Practice ethically in the profession.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of community service and citizenship through the integration of content curriculum and instruction with real-world projects outside of the classroom.
  8. Design a scholarly response to address a curriculum, instruction, and assessment problem and contribute to the profession.

Degree Requirements

  • 45 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (5 cr.)
  • Research course (5 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (30 cr.)
  • EdS Capstone Project (5 cr.)
  • ePortfolio


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.

Program Data

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