2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021) 
    Dec 06, 2021  
2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021)

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 Educator Licensure or Certification

This program does not lead to educator licensure or certification. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Prospective Alabama students: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P–12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.

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