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Designing Curriculum and Instruction with the Learner in Mind

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Graduate Credit: 3 semester hours

Formats: Print & DVD or Online

Level: Grades K–12

Tuition: $510*

Course #: EDUC-6914


10 weeks after receipt of coursework

*For Print & DVD format, add $30 fee for Course Study Guide (required)

How do you meet the diverse needs of learners while ensuring that all your students achieve at high levels? Through this graduate-level course, you’ll explore how curriculum, instruction, and assessment can work together to challenge your students while making learning a rewarding and meaningful experience. You’ll have current research findings translated into a practical and flexible process for designing effective curriculum and instruction in a standards-based environment.

Teaching Tangibles

  • Use your own state and local standards to design curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • Use research-based strategies to raise student achievement.
  • Implement easy-to-use activities to differentiate instruction according to student needs.
  • Identify standards that have endurance and leverage, and that are essential for subsequent levels of instruction.
  • Explore learning variables that account for diversity in students.

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Download a course fact sheet to share with your supervisor, principal, and other teaching colleagues who may be interested in learning more about Canter graduate courses. The overview includes a description of the course as well as information on:

  • Course topics and outcomes
  • Course assessment criteria
  • System requirements (online format)
  • Featured education experts



      Robert Marzano, Ph.D.

      Dr. Marzano serves as a senior scholar at the Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL), where he translates research and theory into practical applications for schools and teachers. Additionally, he is a professor at Cardinal Stritch University, where he teaches research methodology and learning theory in the doctoral program. Dr. Marzano’s list of publications includes A Comprehensive Guide to Designing Standards-Based Districts, Schools, and Classrooms; and Designing a New Taxonomy of Educational Objectives.

      Robert Marzano has also authored books available through Canter’s partner, Corwin  press.

      Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D.

      Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson is Professor of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education and co-director of the university's Institutes on Academic Diversity. Special interests throughout her career have included curriculum and instruction for struggling learners and advanced learners, effective instruction in heterogeneous settings, and encouraging creative and critical thinking in the classroom. Dr. Tomlinson is a prominent expert on the concept of differentiation and provides professional development throughout the United States and abroad. She is the author of more than 100 articles, books, book chapters, and other professional development materials, including the text How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms..

      Carol Ann Tomlinson has also authored books available through Canter’s partner, Corwin press.

      Harvey F. Silver, Ed.D.

      Dr. Silver is president of Silver Strong & Associates, Inc., an educational training and consulting firm specializing in learning styles, effective teaching strategies, and curriculum design. Author of numerous books and articles, Dr. Silver is a former teacher and administrator on the secondary, elementary, and graduate school levels. He has served as a consultant/trainer for ASCD, the Rand Corporation, the Educational Testing Service, and Phi Delta Kappan, as well as for state departments of education and school districts in the United States, Canada, and overseas.

      Harvey F. Silver has also authored books available through Canter’s partner, Corwin  press.

      The following course materials will be delivered directly to you:

      • Textbook: Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement, by Robert J. Marzano, Debra J. Pickering, and
        Jane E. Pollock
      • DVD: Designing Curriculum and Instruction
        (For online format, the DVD is provided as backup to streaming video online.)

      If you order the print & DVD format, you will also receive:

      • Study guide: Designing Curriculum and Instruction with the Learner in Mind ($30 fee)

      Required: You must download the Course Information Packet (for print format) from

      Academic Policies (for online format) can be found in your online classroom and on


      This is a graduate-level course; therefore, you must have a bachelor's degree or above to enroll and receive credit.

      Earning Graduate Credit

      Total coursework for this course is equivalent to a 45 contact-hour course. Graduate credit will be issued when you successfully complete the following course requirements:

      • Collaborate with study partner(s) (Print & DVD format only).
      • Collaborate with colleagues through discussion boards (Online format only).
      • View video segments.
      • Complete required text/journal readings, assignments, and the final paper.

      System Requirements
      Operating system for PC: Windows Vista®, or Windows® 7 or 8 Operating system for Mac®: OS X 10.7 (Lion) or higher Processor: 2 GHz, 32/64 bit or higher Memory: Minimum 2 GB of RAM; 4 GB or higher recommended
          Microsoft Internet Explorer® 8 or higher
          Google Chrome 27
          Mozilla Firefox® 21
          Mac®: Apple® Safari® 5.1 or higher
      Internet connection: Broadband (DSL, cable modem, or similar) required Software: Microsoft Word®, Microsoft PowerPoint®, Adobe® Flash® Player 11.1 or higher (free), Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® version 10.1 or higher (free) Monitor resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels or higher

      Note: Read4Credit™ Courses do not require Microsoft Power Point. Some Read4Credit™ courses may require Adobe Flash Player.



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