Curriculum & Teaching
The Curriculum and Teaching post-master’s certificate is designed to help you develop the knowledge, skill sets and professional competencies that will enhance your instructional practice and expand your professional awareness. You will explore, examine, and evaluate contemporary teaching and instructional practices in the context of effective curricula design and development.
Basis of Admission
A completed master's-level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university.
Six Courses (18 credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master's Certificate.
At the end of each Post-Master's Certificate (except where noted), students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
All courses are 8 weeks in length. Northcentral University allows 2 years to complete all Post-Master's Certificates.
Developing Instructional Strategies and Curriculum
In Developing Instructional Strategies and Curriculum, Learners will contrast and analyze instructional strategies based on a framework of architectural principles. Learners will integrate and implement curriculum theories and models that can include differentiated instruction and the infusion of technology. Curriculum standards, requirements, issues, and trends will be evaluated for the production and promotion of recommendations for effective change.
The Role of the Teacher Practitioner
The teacher as practitioner is a role open to a variety of perspectives for analysis and improvement that can offer doctoral learners opportunities for growth; one perspective is the discipline of reflective practice. In CT7001, the doctoral learner will analyze and integrate reflective thinking processes, descriptive feedback, and reflective strategies and benefits. The learner will also synthesize experiential learning cycles and perspectives, and personal action themes into a plan for ongoing success as a reflective practitioner. Evaluation of present teaching practices will provide a portfolio to improve personal and professional growth, teaching methods and strategies, and student learning.
Teaching and Learning Foundations
The foundations of teaching and learning can be viewed from several perspectives. Doctoral students will analyze the influence of emotional, social, and cultural contexts and evaluate those influences to make effective decisions that support school structures, which enable student learning. Topics include: learning theories and instructional models, effective teaching practices, multiple intelligences, and metacognition.
In CT7006-8 Dr. Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences is examined and evaluated by doctoral learners for appropriate and beneficial applications within school curricula, especially as applied to fostering students' higher order thinking skills. Learners will investigate and assess the influence of multiple intelligences on interdisciplinary learning, students preferred learning styles, and appropriate applications in the class room. Doctoral learners will analyze the options for evaluating and revising student assessment methods and tools so that multiple intelligences theory is included in curriculum development. Specific multiple intelligences will be evaluated for specific skill sets and their possible contributions to personal and professional development for learners and teachers.
Leadership for Student Achievement
Leadership for Student Achievement provides doctoral students with learning opportunities related to maximizing student achievement. Major instructional models are compared and evaluated to enable a positive, supportive classroom environment. The diverse needs of learners and their learning styles are assessed and possible proactive changes are suggested using reflective practices and the insights of differentiated instruction. Student discipline patterns and discipline management techniques are analyzed and evaluated to minimize disruptive behavior and increase learning. Doctoral students will examine and appraise research-based instructional strategies for effective classroom management. Action research plans that will explore classroom self-selected management topics will be expected.
Evaluation of Instruction
Evaluation of Instruction offers doctoral learners a timely opportunity to analyze and evaluate testing models and practices and their influence on achievement assessment. High-stakes testing and its impact on local and regional school practices is analyzed. The achievement gap, academic standards, sanctions and rewards within the context of No Child Left Behind legislation are contrasted and reviewed historically for possible intervention options. Doctoral learners will explain and evaluate the possible and probable benefits for learning improvements for students from charter schools, vouchers, and other supplemental educational services. A sample school improvement plan, set in a local context, using class insights is expected.
At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about NCU School of Education's post-master's certificate costs below:
- Per credit cost: $902
- Per 3 credit course cost: $2,706
- Program cost: $16,236
- Average book cost per course: $110
- Application Fee: $0
- Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
- Registration Fee: $0
*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.
Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.
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- No Physical Residency Requirements
- One-to-One Teaching
- 100% Doctoral Faculty
- Flexibility of Online Learning
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