Through the study of the basic principles of curriculum development, participants are provided with knowledge, skills, and experiences to be actively involved in multiple facets of curriculum development, including planning, design, developmental processes and approaches, implementation, evaluation, and improvement/change. Also, this course examines the role of curriculum in American public schools. Participants are introduced to topics that integrate historical, social, and philosophical traditions. The lessons address contemporary topics including the achievement gap, instructional technology, and accountability. Participants will compare curricular interpretations, which may lead the participants to new understandings in curriculum development.
Week 1: Student Orientation
Week 2: Defining Curriculum: An Overview
Week 3: Historical Perspectives of Curriculum in America
Week 4: Developing and Designing Curriculum
Week 5: Managing Curriculum
Week 6: Curriculum Trends and Issues
Week 7: Evaluating and Assessing Curriculum
This is an advanced level course for teachers, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers with Internet access. They will also need speakers and a microphone (or a headset or telephone) to participate in the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Virtual Meeting sessions. In addition, participants should be proficient with browsing the Internet, uploading and downloading content, navigating to computer files, and with using word processing software, email, and attachments.
This course is one of four that leads to certification as a literacy specialist. Prior to completion of this course, the participant should have already successfully completed each of the following courses:
- All courses leading to either the R2S Literacy Teacher Endorsement or R2S Literacy Requirement.
- Foundations of Reading
- Content Area Reading and Writing (any approved “Content Area Reading and Writing” course)
- Instructional Practices
- Assessment of Reading
- All courses leading to the R2S Coaching Endorsement.
All materials in this course are the property of the South Carolina Department of Education Office of VirtualSC PD. All course materials needed/required for the workshop are available online.