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MS in Education - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Grades K–12)

Learn to respond effectively to your students’ diverse learning needs and provide authentic, differentiated learning experiences that help students master the multidimensional skills required for success in the 21st century. Apply evidence-based and reflective practices to make informed decisions that will positively impact student learning. Design standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment that will help ensure all students learn and achieve at the highest levels possible.

This specialization supports the key premise that all children can learn—regardless of socioeconomic conditions, ethnicity, or learning differences. It focuses on providing 21st-century learning opportunities that serve all students. Its curriculum includes the latest information on brain-based learning and features access to national education experts like Dr. Judy Willis, whose expertise as both a neurologist and a teacher helps to demonstrate how this new information translates to effective practice in the classroom.

The Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Grades K–12) specialization is based on standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Core Propositions and Early Adolescent and Middle Childhood Generalist standards.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

  • Employ research-based processes for designing and mapping a meaningful and motivating curriculum.
  • Adapt curricula and instructional strategies to meet the diverse and changing needs and learning preferences of students.
  • Design curricula and assessment for students with special needs.
  • Develop and implement data-driven decisions.
  • Measure student learning through effective, ongoing assessment, including student self-assessment.

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Walden offers both state-approved educator licensure programs as well as programs and courses that do not lead to licensure or endorsements. Prospective students must review their state licensure requirements prior to enrolling. For more information, please refer to

Prospective Alabama students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-242-9935 or to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits. 

Prospective Washington state students are advised to contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at 1-360-725-6275 or to determine whether Walden’s programs in the field of education are approved for teacher certification or endorsements in Washington state. Additionally, teachers are advised to contact their individual school district as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Note to all Pennsylvania residents: Walden University’s teacher preparation program and special education endorsement programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching as leading to licensure and endorsement, respectively. Because these programs are not reviewed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, candidates are instructed to apply for Pennsylvania certification as out-of-state graduates of a teacher preparation program.

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