In the coming years, the content and quality of elementary, middle and high school curricula will receive increased attention. The adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in multiple states is a big reason for this.
With so much attention being directed toward the CCSS, it is not uncommon to see graduate programs in the education field place a focus on the Common Core. The online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program at Lewis University in Illinois is among them.
According to a university press release, this new degree program was created in response to the CCSS implementation process. Students who enroll in the program will learn strategies for improving student achievement, such as monitoring classroom progress and incorporating technology into instruction. The university has also introduced three certificates in curriculum and instruction.
"The online programs in curriculum and instruction do more than just provide advanced knowledge in an increasingly important aspect of teaching," said Dr. Pam Jessee, dean of the university's College of Education. "They are designed to transform students into advocates for social justice and expert educators able to engage a diverse, multicultural classroom."
If educators are especially concerned about the quality of instruction in the nation's schools, they may want to work toward becoming instructional coordinators. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these professionals, who oversee school districts' curricula, typically hold at least a master's degree.
By Monique Smith
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