Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction
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.
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Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Take a look at the list below to get an idea of the types of available courses. Also, be sure to review the official program requirements in the Biola University catalog.
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:
|SEED 571||Grant Writing, Book Proposal, and Textbook|
|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.|
|SEED 572||Learning, Motivation, and Student Engagement|
|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.|
|SEED 573||Curriculum Practicum|
|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.|
|SEED 574||Current Issues in Education and Education Policy|
|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.|
|SEED 576||Preparing Textbooks for Publication|
|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.|
|SEED 577||School Leadership and Professional Learning Communities|
|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.|