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Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction

School of Education

Overview

Biola’s Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction — a fully online, 12-credit graduate program — will prepare you to write or edit curricula for school districts or for publication. Your coursework will give you opportunities to gain a deeper knowledge of educational processes, student assessment, classroom management and other techniques to strengthen instruction and reduce achievement gaps. You will enhance your professional writing skills by learning how to construct book proposals, grants, and scope and sequences for learning programs across all grade levels.

The certificate program can be taken as a stand-alone graduate program or can be applied to Biola’s Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Education, and Master of Science in Curriculum, Instruction and Publication programs.


Courses

Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements, see the course catalog.

Program Requirements

The Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction is only offered spring and summer semesters. You can complete the Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction program in two semesters by taking four of the six courses below:

Provides practice in researching and writing grants that are credible, scholarly, and comprehensive. Teaches authors how to promote their books by writing a focused, dynamic, and compelling book proposal to submit to educational publishers. Presents the steps in writing informative and credible textbooks that lead to publication. Notes: Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
Examines curricula that motivates and engages students to promote deeper learning. Teaches how to design curricula that focuses on key skills and competencies. Instructs how to construct curricula that develops creative thinkers and independent learners in order to promote higher student engagement. Notes: Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
Options: 1-2 week internship, working alongside national and international publishers to see how textbook publishing companies function; interactions with district, county, and/or state educational policy makers and/or administrators; development and editing of curriculum materials; working on the SOE online journal. Notes: Special approval required. Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B" or higher. This course may require travel and housing fees for on-site practicums. Grade Mode: A.
This course explores current state and federal legislation affecting the educational community. Students also examine the key statutes and landmark court cases that have impacted the field of education. Practice in contacting lawmakers and lobbyists in order to express one's sentiments on a critical issue will be provided. Notes: Special approval required. This course may require travel. Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
This course presents the complex relationships in writing student texts, teacher's editions, and ancillary materials for gifted, EL, and special needs students. Incorporates guidance in providing formal and informal assessment opportunities for teachers using the text. Acquaints curricula writers with concept presentation through visual display, page layout, graphics, color, and type and working with layers of editorial staff. Notes: Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
Focuses on the essential elements required for productive school leadership as well as those characteristics of leadership that should be avoided. Provides several models for instructional leadership including building professional learning communities, coaching, and clinical supervision. Notes: Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
8 months
Standard Duration
This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary by student depending on background and courseload.
12
Total Program Credits
Every program at Biola University features rigorous academics, biblically integrated curriculum and vocational preparation.
WSCUC
Accreditation
Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

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