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.

  • Low tuition with interest-free payment plans as low as $100/month.
  • Flexible programs designed to fit into your busy schedule. Self-paced study with no group projects, set meeting times, or exam dates.
  • The program is not structured in semesters, quarters, or terms. It is designed to allow students to begin their online studies at any time of the year.
  • CCU offers a tuition discount for Active Duty Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Government Employees, and CCU Graduates.
    We also offer a 10% discount for Corporate Partner employees. For more information on how to become a Corporate Partner, see our Corporate Partnership Information Page.
    *Employment verification is required. Offer good for students who enrolled after April 2018 and were offered discount at time of enrollment. Offer is not retroactive for students already enrolled. Discount and/or prices subject to change and/or cancellation at any time without notice. This offer cannot be combined with any other discount(s).
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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 degree program consists of 4 total courses.
The required courses are comprised of: 4 Core .
There are 12 total semester units in this program.

4 Core Courses

The online Graduate Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction degree program 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 these resources into daily classroom activities. In addition, this discussion 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:

  • Analyze appropriate Internet resources to use in designing curriculum.
  • Critique technology trends that will shape learning environments in the future.
  • Assess popular uses for technology in the curricula for language arts, foreign language, science, math and social studies.
EDU 510 Models of Teaching  3

Models of Teaching explores diversity responsive 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 diverse learning environments for their students.

Course Objectives

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

  • Examine ways to create a diversity responsive curriculum.
  • Describe universal design for learning and its applications.
  • Characterize categories of visual supports and how to respond to skill diversity when using them.
  • Explain how to monitor learning before, during, and after instruction.
  • Distinguish three aspects of a diversity responsive classroom environment.
  • Justify the importance of logistical planning.
  • Assess various purposes of activities.
  • Propose key planning considerations for teaching learning and study strategies.
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:

  • Identify the theoretical dimensions of curriculum development.
  • Assess various models of curriculum development.
  • Analyze the roles of various personnel who have primary responsibility for developing curriculum.
  • Construct a step-by-step process for engaging in curriculum development, including identifying philosophical beliefs, selecting goals and objectives, implementing curriculum and instruction, and evaluating results.
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:

  • Assess when, why, and how multicultural education originated.
  • Appraise the major dimensions of a comprehensive approach to multicultural education: equity pedagogy (focus on students), curriculum reform (focus on content), multicultural competence (focus on teachers), and social justice (focus on society).
  • Consider the case for multicultural education in terms of national goals for academic excellence, the needs of a culturally diverse society, survival in an interconnected world, and our nation’s democratic values.
  • Compare and contrast the similarities and differences in conceptions of culture, race, ethnic group, and minority group.
  • Judge the importance of both individual differences and cultural differences in the teaching and learning process.
  • Evaluate our need to address the nation’s “Achievement Gap” that is due to inequitable educational opportunities rooted in the legacy of racism and unfair socioeconomic conditions.

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

Required units may be satisfied in the following ways:

  • California Coast University has developed comprehensive Study Guides, for each course, that are designed to coordinate and sequence the learning materials within the required textbook(s). The following points will help to illustrate how the Study Guides are designed:

    • Study Guides are based on specific textbooks, available through local bookstores, the publisher, or the University's Rental Library.
    • Each Study Guide is organized with a complete syllabus, along with instructional materials to guide the student chapter by chapter through the corresponding text.
    • Each Study Guide contains an overview and summary of all textbook chapters, a listing of important keywords (with definitions), self-tests (with answers) on key points, and critical thinking activities.
    • Study Guides include 4 unit exams equally spaced throughout the instructional materials, four writing assignments per unit, and the final multiple choice examination.
    • Examinations are designed to test the student on the information contained within the preceding chapters.
    • All tests have no time limit and may be completed as open book tests.
  • Transcripts of previously completed academic work are evaluated and credit may be transferred to meet existing coursework requirements. The following guidelines are utilized when accepting transfer credit for a certificate program:

    • The University will accept transfer credit from applicable courses completed at colleges or universities accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or foreign equivalent.
    • Certificate students may receive transfer credit for up to 6 semester units of previously completed coursework. Students may transfer up to 9 semester units of credit completed at California Coast University.
    • To be eligible for graduate academic credit, transfer grades must be equivalent to a letter grade of B (3.0 GPA) or higher.
  • During the admissions process, all professional experience is reviewed to determine if an applicant has sufficient occupational experience to warrant completing a Challenge Examination in lieu of a Study Guide for a particular course. The following factors are considered:

    • An applicant may be offered an opportunity to complete a Challenge Examination if the candidate's occupational expertise appears to be comparable to the objectives identified for a particular course.
    • Successfully passing a Challenge Examination will demonstrate an acceptable level of competence for that course.
    • If a student does not pass a Challenge Examination they are assigned a Study Guide for completion.
    • The maximum amount of Challenge Examinations allowed for each program level are: Associate 4; Bachelor's 10; Master's 2; Doctorate 0; and Certificates 1.