Curriculum and Instruction
Graduate Certificate Online Program

The graduate certificate program in Curriculum and Instruction provides students with the tools to plan, develop, and implement standards-based curricula and instruction. The program caters to students who have an interest in expanding their teaching or supervision skills but who are not currently pursuing a master’s degree. Students will be prepared to create lesson plans for various schools and education programs and learn about various educational needs and the use of evaluation of teaching materials. The program covers various models of teaching, advanced curriculum design and instruction, and global perspectives in curriculum.

Designed For You

The California Coast University online Graduate Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction program was designed for complete flexibility for the student. All courses are self-paced and completed 100% online.

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Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:


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The Graduate Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction consists of 4 total courses.
The required courses are comprised of: 4  Core Courses .
There are 12 total semester units in this program.

4 Core Courses

The online Graduate Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction is comprised of the following 4 courses. Click on course title to expand and read more.

ID Course Name Units
EDU 501 Integrating Technology into Teaching  3

Integrating Technology into Teaching reflects the need for a new kind of teaching resource in which the perspective is not just on the electronic technologies, which change rapidly, but on the principles underlying the teaching strategies they make possible, which are more stable. The emphasis is on learning both the skills in using equipment and software, as well as on how to integrate such resources into daily classroom activities. In addition, this examination of technology integration strategies is linked to both learning theories and effective classroom practices.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the theoretical foundations for effective technology integration in education.
  • Examine instructional software and technology tools for 21st century teaching.
  • Analyze technology tools, strategies, and best practices utilized in web-based development, curriculum development, and distance education.
  • Examine trends and changes in technology integration that have emerged in the field.
  • Analyze policies and legal and ethical issues related to technology and technology use in education.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to integrating technology into teaching.
EDU 510 Models of Teaching  3

Models of Teaching explores a variety of teaching models and curriculum theories to help increase student capacity for personal growth, social growth, and academic learning. Application of theories to classroom utilization is emphasized to help educators be able to construct vital and effective learning environments for their students.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of teaching specific content and the factors to teaching and writing measurable objectives.
  • Examine best practices for developing critical teaching skills and using instructional interventions in teaching.
  • Evaluate the context for teaching and learning, including the development of critical teaching skills for a variety of targeted goals.
  • Analyze the components involved in: writing lesson and activity plans; direct instruction and informal presentation; structured discovery; and teaching specialized content.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to effective instruction.
EDU 524 Curriculum Design and Evaluation  3

Curriculum Design and Evaluation provides a comprehensive analysis of the process of curriculum development. It begins with an examination of the theoretical dimensions of curriculum development, looks at the roles of various personnel who have primary responsibility for developing curriculum, and describes a number of models of curriculum development. The process of curriculum development is examined beginning with stating the philosophical beliefs and broad aims of education, specifying curriculum and instructional goals and objectives, implementing curriculum and instruction, and evaluating curriculum and instruction.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define curriculum and instruction and identify the theoretical dimensions of curriculum development.
  • Explain the components of the curriculum development process, and analyze the role of personnel and trends related to the process.
  • Examine best practices for establishing instructional goals and evidenced-based instruction.
  • Examine processes of evaluation for both instruction and curriculum.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to curriculum design and evaluation.
EDU 548 Global Perspectives in Curriculum  3

Global Perspectives in Curriculum emphasizes diversity within and across ethnic groups to help educators understand the interactions between students’ cultural and individual differences. This course will include discussions about diversity theory, history, and social science in order to provide a more inclusive and comprehensive look at what multicultural education is—and could be—in the United States.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define multicultural education and examine why it is essential.
  • Examine the roots of cultural diversity in the United States.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives on culture, gender, class, and disabilities in reaching all learners.
  • Describe the aspects of teaching in a multicultural society.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to global perspectives in curriculum.

Prerequisites to Admission:

An applicant must have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education; or, a Bachelor’s Degree in another field may be considered if the Admission Committee evaluation indicates that the applicant has the necessary foundation to succeed in the program.

FAQ About Coursework

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