BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (BEd) IN CURRICULUM STUDIES AND INSTRUCTION

Program objective

A master’s degree in curriculum and instruction is the choice of many teachers who wish to stay in their current positions and enhance their teaching abilities. This program is equally geared towards the graduation of professionals in Curriculum development and improvement. It trains students who will be well grounded in issues concerning present day career orientations and then draft school curricula that are sensitive to the needs of the society and the global economy.

 

Career Prospects

A master’s degree program in curriculum and instruction can prepare graduates for positions that are on the administrative side of the educational system as opposed to having direct contact with students. Most instructional design jobs in public schools require a master’s degree or higher, preferably in education or a related field, plus a state teacher or administrator license. A post-graduate degree is preferred for most other jobs in this profession. Curriculum developers not only work in schools, they also work for companies on employee training and development. People with training in curriculum design find jobs in schools, government, corporations, and nonprofit organization. Some are self-employed or work with individual and family services, in research and development, or in technical consulting. Job titles vary considerably and include the following:

  • Curriculum Consultant
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Staff Development Specialist
  • Director of Instructional Material

 

Concentration Courses (32)

Students are expected to do 8 of the following concentration courses.

CUR 370: Curriculum Development

CUR 375: Principles of Learning and Instruction

CUR 380: Instructional Supervision

CUR 410: Sociology of the Curriculum

CUR 415: Instructional Technologies

CUR 420: Curriculum Theory and Practice

CUR 425: Paradigms and Programs in Teacher Education

CUR 430: Evaluation of School Programs

CUR 435: General Pedagogy

CUR 440: Classroom Diversity and Management

 

Course Description

CUR 370: Curriculum Development

The course is structured to deal with the general introduction to curriculum development and implementation as well as classroom assessment and evaluation focussing on theoretical and practical issues. This includes critical evaluation of recent assessment policy and practice; principles and procedures in curriculum development including basic concepts of development, determination of objectives, selection and organisation of learning experience and evaluation process.

 

CUR 375: Principles of Learning and Instruction

A survey of the teaching processes with emphasis on readiness attitude, mindset, skills, transfer of learning, classroom climate and motivation.

CUR 380: Instructional Supervision

This course is designed to review/discuss the foundations of a teacher supervision and evaluation system which includes emphasis on, classroom supervision/coaching, supervision which promotes professional growth, principles/standards for effective teacher evaluation and performance-based approaches to teacher development/school improvement that are closely aligned with student learning outcomes. . Uses a variety of interactive exercises to assist in the development of practical skills for using the clinical process and developmental approach to supervision The emphasis of this course will underscore the professionalism of teaching by discussing how teachers can actively participate in determining the focus of their professional outcomes while emphasizing student learning as their core mission.

 

CUR 410: Sociology of the Curriculum

This course deals with how the society influence school curriculum. Definition of major concepts (Sociology, Curriculum and Sociology of Education) and issues brought forth from the definition of major concepts. Relationship between schools and society, social stratification, critical theories (Marxist), Gender issues in education and curriculum, teacher expectations will be studied in this course.

 

 

 

CUR 415: Instructional Technologies

This course examines the various modern technologies that can enhance learning in the classroom. The use of devices such as projectors, computers, tablets etc shall be critically examined, bringing out the advantages and disadvantages they bring in to class. Focus shall be on how to manage them in the classroom.

CUR 420: Curriculum Theory and Practice

The course seeks to examine principal dimensions of curriculum theory such as the social construction of knowledge, curriculum as cultural mind set. It discusses varied ideologies to curriculum studies.

 

CUR 425: Paradigms and Programs in Teacher Education

This course explores an overview of teacher education paradigms, their underlying ideologies and historical and current manifestations. It analysis models of teaching and how they relate to alternative paradigms of teacher education.

 

CUR 430: Evaluation of School Programs

Examines the theoretical principles and field practices in the evaluation of educational programs.

 

CUR 435: General Pedagogy

This course reflects on Pedagogy as an autonomous discipline within the sciences of education. It aims at analyzing the concept of Pedagogy and its relationship with related concepts in education. It will also deal with models, strategies and methods of teaching and the evolution of pedagogic ideas. It enables student-teachers master teaching methods, classroom management, and evaluation and motivation strategies and includes discussion on the relationship between pedagogy and student achievement and student- teacher relationship.

 

CUR 440: Classroom Diversity and Management

This course examines the various sociological, cultural, psychological and economic variations and diversity in the classroom and seeks to formulate ways by which diversity can be managed in the classroom

 

In addition to the concentration courses, students are expected to do the following courses

CUR 480: Entrepreneurial Project    (4)

CUR 493: Curriculum Studies and Instruction Internship (8)

CUR 498: Curriculum Studies and Instruction Project    (4)

CUR 480: Entrepreneurial Project

This entails a practical project written by the student. The project should have practical plans on how a business can be established and sustained in Curriculum Studies and Teaching. This is geared towards self-employment

 

CUR 493: Curriculum Studies and Instruction Internship

There will be a full-time involvement at the public school site under the guidance of experienced teachers and supervisors. This experience includes observation, full-responsibility planning and teaching, and involvement in the culture of the school setting. Unit and work sample preparation, lesson notes, instruction and assessment will be required.

 

CUR 498: Curriculum Studies and Instruction Research Project

A program of study on an approved research topic in Education will be followed up by a supervisor. This supervised individual study provides an opportunity for in-depth reading and research on a topic selected by the student and supervisor. Students in this program of study may carry out a pilot project in preparation for a thesis or dissertation.

 

 

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