Master in Education – Curriculum Development and Outcomes Assessment
Prepare to secure a high standard of educational excellence using the latest theories and practices.
Curriculum design plays an essential role in the effectiveness of education. The Master of Education with a specialization in Curriculum Development and Outcomes Assessment focuses on modern design, implementation, and evaluation of educational strategies.
The Master in Education in Curriculum Development and Outcomes Assessment is aligned with the professional standards in the field, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). This specialization aims to familiarize you with the latest advances in education theory as well as the best methods for identifying learning needs and measuring the performance of different teaching strategies. This program is designed to benefit educators regardless of discipline.
Enjoy Flexibility – 12 courses with start dates every 2 weeks
Choose Where You Learn – Online courses
Earn an Affordable Degree – Tuition and fees only $12,720
Pay Monthly – Opt to pay $325 per month
Focus On Your Passion – Choose your Capstone
Students who complete the master’s in education with this specialization often seek to apply their skills to jobs that involve designing educational programs and materials for use by teachers and students at the elementary or secondary level.
This program is not designed as a teacher certification program, and different states and municipalities often have specific requirements concerning different appropriate degree programs. Depending on your goals for this program, please check with your local and state regulatory requirements for teacher certification.
This program is intended for students and experienced education professionals seeking an advanced degree.
What is the Capstone Project?
Aspen University’s’ MEd capstone project requires the student to engage with an actual educational setting. It aligns with the academic focus and concentration of the degree program as well as relates to the student’s career interests by allowing the student to conduct research and act as a principal investigator and project leader. The capstone project allows the student to apply the tools, theories, knowledge, and skills drawn from the disciplinary coursework in the MEd core and other concentration courses. This overall goal of the capstone involves the integration and synthesis of the student’s learning, as well as the application of learning to real-world problems.
- Application – A completed application.
- Bachelor’s Degree Transcripts – Official transcript demonstrating a conferred bachelor’s degree from an institution that is accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent.
- Military Documentation (Optional) – A copy of the most recent orders; or a copy of DD214 (This can be requested from the National Archives.)
- MED705 - Research on Effective Teaching
- MED710 - Multidisciplinary Foundations of Education
- MED730 - Curriculum Development, Implementation and Evaluation
- MED700 - Integrating Technologies Across the Curriculum
- MED725 - Classroom Environments and Management
- MED720 - The Instructional Role of Assessment
- Mid-Program Proctored Exam
- MED740 - Ethics and Educational Law
- MED760 - Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement
- MED761 - Curriculum Mapping and Assessment Data
- MED762 - Schools and Leadership
- MED763 - Academic Portfolios
- Final Proctored Exam
- MED799 - Graduate Capstone
This course is a research-based course that requires students to survey the research literature on effective teaching and schools. Research in a particular area, on-site observations in a school setting, and post-observation and analysis of observed teaching and learning are examined and compared to what the literature reveals is ""best practices"".3 Credits
This course gives students an opportunity to study the dynamic and continuing impact of social, political, and economic forces on American education. Students are introduced to the historical evolution of the public schools to help them identify important social issues that can have an impact on the educational system. Students are required to complete a major research paper.3 Credits
The purpose of this course is to study the process of curriculum development from the planning stages to implementation and ultimately evaluation. This course examines the foundations of curriculum, the principles used in designing and applying curriculum, and the current educational, policy and social issues that impact the curriculum field.3 Credits
This course provides practical skills to meaningfully incorporate technology into the classroom in order to enhance students' understanding of the curriculum. Students create a portfolio; examine Internet resources and evaluate educational software.3 Credits
This course analyzes two current challenges requiring an emphasis in the importance of classroom management strategies. The first is the increasing number and levels of disruptive student behaviors occurring in the classroom. The second is the pressure of high stakes testing, which has resulted in lowered achievement scores, a decrease in student morale, and a lack of overall motivation to learn. This course examines effective classroom management techniques intended to address current challenges with the learning environment.3 Credits
The purpose of this course is to explore how accountability system standards, relevant, engaging curriculum, and valid assessments all fit together to increase student achievement. The process of interdisciplinary, standards-based instruction and assessment are discussed in depth.3 Credits
Ethics and Educational Law deals with the legal obligations and ethical responsibilities of educators. The course presents an overview of the general topics most commonly experienced by educators including student privacy, gender and disability law, constitutional rulings on prayer and religious expression, discipline, and reporting issues. The rights of teachers, students, and school administrators are discussed within the context of new Supreme Court Rulings.3 Credits
This course examines the significance of social-emotional learning in the classroom. This course is designed to illuminate the connection between emotional intelligence and academic achievement. Students become familiar with the field of social-emotional learning, its rationale, how it supports and enhances academic achievement and other areas of school improvement, and best practices in the field as exemplified through acclaimed programs and approaches.3 Credits
This course provides students with detailed coaching on using curriculum mapping and assessment analysis to evaluate student achievement. Traditionally, student achievement gaps have been identified using parallel assessment and evaluation of curriculum development and management processes. In this course, students learn how to employ reports generated from curriculum mapping software to create meaningful consensus on how to create a learning environments full of possibility and engagement.3 Credits
This course examines the significance of effective leadership to the successful administration of schools and colleges. Educational leadership now involves confronting complex social issues such as educational equity, inclusion and diversity. Strong leaders are required for implementing changes that bring about social and educational justice. This course presents a broad range of expert analysis from the education field, and stimulates meaningful debate about leadership concepts among students and educational administrators.3 Credits
This course provides an in-depth examination of the principles of using academic portfolios for authentic assessment. The richness of the portfolio as a valuable assessment tool in schooling has become evident to educators in the United States and throughout the world. Academic portfolios have been introduced, implemented, and modified to measure student achievement. This course addresses the importance of portfolios and e-portfolios in the academic lives of students and teachers. This course provides students with an understanding of the various definitions of print and e-portfolios, and promotes understanding of student evaluation and assessment.3 Credits
The purpose of this capstone project allows students to develop an original, comprehensive research project on a topic of professional or personal interest. Students apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their courses to the work environment. Projects are intended to be of applied and pragmatic nature, producing valuable research outcomes and findings either in connection with the student’s organizational situation, or in the exploration of entrepreneurial opportunities.3 Credits