Curriculum Design and Instruction

The graduate program in Curriculum Design and Instruction is designed for teachers who want to continue developing their professional commitment and competence in the area of curriculum design and instruction. Graduate students in the program will:

      • examine current educational theory and practice,

      • explore a variety of viewpoints to reflectively develop their professional competence and teaching style to enhance their academic background as they relate to student courses of study,

      • explore social issues affecting students, such as diversity, students with special needs, and character development, and expand their awareness of and respect for the unique development of each student,

      • consider effective collaboration with and accountability to students, parents, colleagues, and the community,

      • reexamining the development of values and professional ethics, and

      • gain greater intellectual and ethical insight.

This program develops advanced proficiency in the Illinois Professional Teacher Standards and the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Participants develop proficiency on the standards in three phases: first, an orientation to and self-assessment of the standards; second, development of the knowledge and predispositions required by the standards; and, third, demonstration of performances implementing the standards. Progress on the standards is evaluated throughout the program through a portfolio aligned with the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

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Curriculum Requirements 

The Curriculum Design and Instruction program consists of 32-33 hours of course work. The program can be completed in five semesters (which includes summers). Students may choose to proceed at a slower pace if they wish. Additional curriculum information can be found in the graduate catalog.


Course Number

Course Title


EDU 600

Professional Educator Seminar


EDU 602

Multicultural Education


EDU 610


EDU 615

History and Philosophy of Education


Contemporary Issues in Education


EDU 611

Curriculum Theory and Design


EDU 612

Instructional and Curriculum Design and Evaluation


EDL 620

School Law


EDU 621

Character Development in Education


EDU 641

Educational Research & Statistics


EDU 645

Action Research Planning


SPE 691

Adapting the Curriculum for Students with Special Needs


EDU 694

Practicum in Curriculum Design and Instruction


EDU 697


EDU 698


EDU 699

Action Research Project (2)


Portfolio Review


Action Research Thesis




Total credits 32-33

Class Format

This program is formatted for the working professional. Classes are offered in an eight week format, either online or attending class one night a week (there are a few courses that are in the 16 week format due to the requirement of the courses).


McKendree offers the Curriculum Design and Instruction program on the Lebanon campus and online.

Transfer Credit Restriction

No more than nine (9) semester credits will be accepted in transfer and can not be more than six (6) years old. Transfer credit must be submitted for approval prior to or during the first semester of enrollment.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission or complete the request for additional information form.

Office of Graduate Admission

701 College Road
Lebanon, IL 62254
800-BEARCAT ext. 6576

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