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Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.

The Innovative Instruction graduate program is an exciting new program that examines curriculum and instruction, design and delivery. This unique degree demonstrates the latest in curriculum design and technology, preparing students for the world they are going to live and work in. In addition, the program includes strategies for addressing the needs of all learners in the 21st Century. This inclusive approach prepares students to teach, train, create lessons and other curricular items for schools, business and healthcare. The program is based in research and current practice. The program is designed to meet the needs of a variety of fields and can completed in one calendar year. 

Requirements in the Innovative Instruction degree:

27 graduate level credits are focused on curriculum, instructional design and delivery along with learning theory. Three graduate level credits are earned in an Internship.

Principles of Curriculum and Instruction - ED500

Introduction to the basic principles of curriculum and instruction. This course will explore curriculum development theory and practice. Principles of instructional design will be introduced. Planning instruction and an overview of effective evaluation will be included. Strategies for developing effective goals and learning objectives will be utilized in the creation of a comprehensive learning environment.

Current Trends and Topics - ED620

Students will have the opportunity to explore critical issues, trends, and topics in the field of curriculum studies and alternative instruction.  The course will discuss conference and meeting planning, grant writing, proposal and technical writing, reflective practices, and the importance of designing significant learning experiences for adult learners.  This course will also provide students an appreciation of curriculum studies past and present for the development of new innovative skills surrounding alternative instruction in the workplace. Prerequisite: ED500 or permission of instructor. 3 credits. Offered online.

21st Century Learning - ED630

This course provides a rationale for the need to develop 21st century skills among our students and workforce. It presents the key 21st century skills: collaboration, knowledge construction, self-regulation, problem-solving and innovation, information and communications technology (ICT) for learning, and skilled communication. It explores what learning looks like in the 21st century and how new technology impacts the way in which we learn. Prerequisite: ED500 or permission of instructor. 3 credits. Offered online.

Diversity, Accessibility, and Inclusive Teaching - ED729

Participants in the course will examine the needs of students with diverse backgrounds, learning styles, and abilities and participants will utilize inclusive strategies to create positive learning experiences where all learners feel equally respected and have access to learning. Prerequisite: ED500 or permission of instructor. 3 credits. Offered online. 

The Psychology of Adult Learning and Behavior - ED760 

This course will explore adult learning and behavior theories. Students will discuss adult learning theories and learning styles and how to apply them to diverse learning environments. Topics include the process of adult learning and motivation and how create effective instructional strategies across various workplace educational settings. Prerequisite: ED500 or permission of instructor. 3 credits. Offered online. 

Curriculum Leadership & Coaching - ED765

Students will explore standards, principles, practices, personal and organizational behaviors, and leadership approaches to the change process.  Students will demonstrate ethical thinking and apply various contemporary theories of effective leadership to their professional practice.  Special emphasis will focus on the performance of effective leadership including empowering others, building collaborative organizational cultures, making informed decisions and communicating them skillfully, implementing effective mentoring and coaching skills, and resolving conflicts. Prerequisite: ED500 or permission of instructor. 3 credits. Offered online.  

Assessment - ED836 

This course will provide an overview of assessment. Students will explore research theory and practice in the field of assessments. Assessment strategies for students including developing the skills to select, score, and interpret educational assessments will be implemented. Strategies for using assessment data for decision-making will be examined. Prerequisite: ED500 or permission of instructor. 3 credits. Offered online. 

Alternative Delivery Models - ED861

The focus of this course will entail the design and delivery of instruction. Activities will include instructional design models and implementation strategies. A variety of instructional delivery methods including: online, mobile, hybrid, game-based, simulations, flipped, and e-learning.  

Research Methods - ED920 

Introduction to qualitative and quantitative research.  Emphasis on elements of doing research and using products of research to support and enhance practice.  Students will identify the characteristics of well-designed research including an overview of research intent and design methodology and technique. Students  and be able to identify what methodologies for data collection and analysis may be used given the research question, as well as write acceptably formatted research papers. Prerequisite: ED500 or permission of instructor. 3 credits. Offered online. 

Internship for Innovative Instruction - ED942

The course focuses on authentic problems and activities that require candidates to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of designing and implementing learning opportunities that make connections to theory and practice. Students will focus on the perspectives, skills, and processes necessary for creating curriculum and/or learning opportunities within an organization during their internship. Students will complete a 40-hour field internship with related activities during the M-term. Prerequisite: ED500 or permission of instructor. 3 credits.