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Shape the Future of Educational Design and Instructional Excellence

An engaging curriculum is the foundation for successful learning and requires continuous refinement and improvement. Lead transformative instructional initiatives and expand your career with an Education Specialist (EdS) in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment degree from Walden.

An EdS in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment empowers educators to improve student learning and achievement through meaningful, data-driven instruction. This non-licensure program is ideal for classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, and administrators who want to make a greater impact within their educational system.

Gain Actionable Tools

Explore how to use data to redesign and adapt curriculum to create learning models that meet all student needs.

Build Your Confidence

In the capstone, act as a consultant to identify a challenge within your academic environment and propose an informed solution.

Expand Your Possibilities

Pave your future career path with research and leadership skills that can serve you both professionally and academically.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $4,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on August 30, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

Curriculum

Completion Requirements

  • 45 quarter credits

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-768-0539.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits

Choose either EDSD 7002 or 7006 (6-week version)

EDSD 7002

Leading the Future of Education

As an advanced graduate student, you are about to embark on one of the most exciting journeys of your life. This practical course provides meaningful skills you will need to select your path, complete your degree, and become a successful leader of educational change in the 21st century. Networking and research skills, scholarly writing, critical thinking, use of Walden resources, and the three advanced graduate paths (e.g., PhD, EdD, EdS)—this course addresses all of these in a manner that provides a solid foundation of skill sets upon which to base your journey. You will find a balance of assignments (e.g., case studies, discussions, application assignments) that will ignite your passion for learning, allow you to collaborate with others, and guide your current and future work. This course is designed to reflect Walden's social change mission and provide you with meaningful tools for success as an advanced graduate student.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7006

Leading the Future of Education

As an advanced graduate student, you are about to embark on one of the most exciting journeys of your life. This practical course provides meaningful skills you will need to select your path, complete your degree, and become a successful leader of educational change in the 21st century. Networking and research skills, scholarly writing, critical thinking, use of Walden resources, and the three advanced graduate paths (e.g., PhD, EdD, EdS)—this course addresses all of these in a manner that provides a solid foundation of skill sets upon which to base your journey. You will find a balance of assignments (e.g., case studies, discussions, application assignments) that will ignite your passion for learning, allow you to collaborate with others, and guide your current and future work. This course is designed to reflect Walden's social change mission and provide you with meaningful tools for success as an advanced graduate student.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7050

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: A Systems Perspective

Today's schools are dynamic organizations that require educators to take an iterative approach to designing curriculum, instruction, and assessment—one that responds to changing and diverse student needs, stakeholder perspectives, policies, accountability requirements, emerging technologies, family and community resources, and other internal and external forces. In this course, education professionals engage in active inquiry at the systems level and address real-world scenarios and problems. Learners can gain experience and expertise in promoting best practices in education, overcoming barriers to student learning and involving family and community partners, all while meeting and complying with relevant policies, laws, ethical practices, and standards. Education professionals explore key components of a successful learning community, the role of a leader within a dynamic system, professional dispositions, current educational trends and issues, and how technologies are creating new opportunities for organizational change and improved student performance.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7101

Learner-Centered Curriculum

Designing curricula with rigor, relevance, and results requires broad understanding of the key concepts behind each of these attributes and a clear focus on how best to maximize the learning and potential of PreK–12 learners. In this course, education professionals examine what it means to design a learner-centered curriculum that enhances student engagement and involvement, provides a transformative experience for students, and creates conditions that facilitate deep learning. Education professionals examine the alignment of content standards and design models as well as the role of collaboration and community building, power sharing to foster learner autonomy, problem solving, material that is socially relevant, and ongoing assessment to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population. Authentic case-study scenarios provide opportunities for educators to see curriculum design in practice, use existing data to redesign and adapt curriculum, and create learning spaces that accommodate multiple learning needs.

(5 cr.)
RSCH 7110

Research Theory, Design, and Methods

Students in this research course are provided with the opportunity to develop core knowledge and skills for understanding, analyzing, and designing research at the doctoral level. Students explore the philosophy of science, the importance of theory in research, and research processes. The course also introduces students to the quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method research designs and methods. Students devote special attention to understanding the ethical and social change implications of conducting research and engaging in scholarship. They apply their knowledge and skills by developing elements of simple research plans for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7102

Promoting the Success of Diverse Learners

Student diversity comes in many different forms (e.g., linguistic, cultural, socioeconomic, academic, emotional, aesthetic), and effective educators have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to value the richness this diversity brings and enhance learning in their education setting. By applying strategies and evaluating programs and initiatives to meet the diverse needs of all learners, educators can demonstrate an awareness of students' prior learning, language, culture, family, and community values to improve teaching and learning. Through real-world scenarios and applications, educators will assess strategies for promoting equitable access to high-quality learning experiences while recognizing their own personal beliefs and biases. Education professionals will also explore current and effective practices for working with diverse learners and providing productive learning environments for all students. Through the use of appropriate materials and technologies, educators will evaluate curriculum, instruction, and assessment, promoting learning for all students. 

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7051

Data-Driven Instruction and Assessment

Using data to inform instruction, assessment, and evaluation promotes continuous improvement and student achievement. Instructional leaders must have the ability to ground current practice in data—a process that includes reviewing and discerning data, evaluating current practices, setting an appropriate vision for the future, prioritizing the work, identifying measurable goals, developing an action plan, and then monitoring the results. Education professionals in this course examine the inextricable link between instruction and assessment. They engage in a diagnostic process designed to meet diverse student and systemic needs. They also examine the role of formative and summative assessments in making instructional decisions, the various forms and purposes of assessment, and how the ongoing use of assessment data can move curriculum and instruction beyond mediocrity to support rigorous learning for all students. The effective use of instructional practices such as blended learning, the "flipped" classroom, and the appropriate use of technology to support learning is also examined. 

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7052

Curriculum Design to Promote Social Change

Meaningful and engaging learning occurs when curriculum extends beyond the classroom to promote a climate for social change. In this course, education professionals will use a documentary case scenario to evaluate the use of service learning as a tool for connecting the curriculum to real-world experiences, while also supporting the community and its citizens. Educators will select an appropriate learner-centered curriculum model, design an interdisciplinary service project, and prepare a presentation for stakeholders' consideration, illustrating the potential of service learning as a catalyst for bringing a learner-centered curriculum, citizenship, and standards to life. 

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7106

Program Evaluation for Continuous Improvement

Effective educational leaders must have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to evaluate programs and make data-driven decisions to promote continuous improvement for all learners. In this course, education professionals use available data points and tools to evaluate the design, implementation, and program outcomes to determine a program's impact on the learner, family, and community. The results of the program evaluation may lead educational professionals to develop action plans that include the development of community outreach programs, grants, legislation/policy reform, professional development plans, or technology solutions. Through this course, education professionals are helped to determine whether to recommend an improvement plan on an existing program or propose a new program or initiative.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7900

EdS Capstone Project: Creating and Supporting Effective Educational Practices

Effective education leaders promote meaningful change for all students, foster the use of effective practices, and sustain long-term program viability in diverse educational settings. Throughout the program course sequence, educators examine critical components to create and support continuous improvement. These skill sets are applied in this capstone course as educators create a project that promotes meaningful education and social change. Working in a consultative role as a school or district professional, the educator engages in a project to identify a problem within his or her academic and/or work environment and propose a solution in the form of draft recommendations for the school, district, or educational setting. Additionally, the educator projects how the proposed recommendations, if implemented, would be evaluated and sustained. A Capstone Project Rubric is used to guide in project development and evaluation.

(5 cr.)
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Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 45 quarter credit hours $615 per semester hour $27,675
Technology Fee Per quarter $160 $1,440


  $29,115*

*This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included.

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Program Savings

Receive up to a $4,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on August 30, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

Admission Requirements

Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.


Drive Curricular Innovation

In our EdS in curriculum and instruction online program, you’ll explore how to create learning experiences for diverse groups of children as well as adult learners. Deepen your expertise in design principles, use of data, and leadership of curricular projects. Become more confident in your ability to drive continuous improvement by aligning learner needs, organizational objectives, relevant curriculum, and data analysis.

Meet Your Academic Team

  • Martha Cheney

    Program Director

    Dr. Cheney began her career as a writer in educational publishing and has taught preschool and primary school students. She serves as a Specialty Professional Associations (SPA) program reviewer for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

  • Judith Blakely

    Judith Blakely

    Academic Coordinator

    A veteran of urban educational systems, Dr. Blakely is certified in multiple states as a school superintendent; school administrator (P–12 principal); and director of special, bilingual, and gifted education. She is also a member of the National Association for Bilingual Education.

  • Andrea Wilson

    Core Faculty

    Dr. Wilson has served in many roles at all levels of the education environment and has worked as a special education teacher and administrator for more than a decade. In that time, she has developed and taught professional development courses for educators in special education.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s EdS in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment program, will be prepared to:

  • Support learning for a diverse student population through the use of technology in effectively designed curriculum.
  • Increase skills surrounding program design and evaluation through the use of professional development.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of trends/issues in education to promote social change and make a positive impact in school and community environments.
  • Utilize data-driven, learner-centered assessment to promote continuous improvement in learning and teaching.
  • Collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including families, school personnel, and community members in order to advocate for student needs.
  • Practice ethically in the profession.
  • 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.
  • Design a scholarly response to address a curriculum, instruction, and assessment problem and contribute to the profession.

Career Outlook

As the field of education changes, curriculum and instruction must evolve along with it. Become a catalyst for continuous improvement within your school, district, or organization with an education specialist degree from Walden.

An EdS in curriculum and instruction can prepare you to lead bold curricular and instructional change initiatives that transform student achievement. Shape more than one future with an advanced, versatile skill set. Advance your education and potentially your career in less time, and at a lower cost, than it takes to earn an EdD or PhD in Education—and transfer seamlessly into a doctoral program later if you choose to.

Walden’s Riley College of Education and Leadership has nearly

60,000

alumni.2

An EdS in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment can position you to pursue career options such as:1

  • Curriculum director
  • College faculty
  • Professional development trainer
  • Consultant

An EdS in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment can position you to work in settings such as:

  • Public schools/districts
  • Private schools
  • Educational publishers
  • Educational service providers

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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