Program Highlights

This non-licensure education program provides a strong background in educational theory and curriculum, opportunity for practice in the field of instruction, and engagement with community partners through a senior level performance learning experience.  The curriculum for Instructional Development is designed for students interested in a career in education but not necessarily classroom teaching.  This major includes 36 credits in Education before a community-based practicum to apply learned knowledge of human development, learning theories, and discipline-specific content to develop instruction for children and/or families in a community engaged internship. 

Candidates for the major of Instructional Development should have:

  1. A strong background in educational theory and curriculum
  2. Opportunity for practice in the field of instruction
  3. Engagement with community partners through a senior level performance learning experience. 

The courses needed to gain this preparation are listed below for both the degrees available to Instructional Development candidates – Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S) degrees.  The list includes courses required by MPSL University Studies and the School of Education. 

Plans of Study

Departmental Course Offerings

The curriculum for Instructional Development is designed for students interested in a career in education but not necessarily classroom teaching.  This major includes 36 credits in Education before a community-based practicum to apply learned knowledge of human development, learning theories, and discipline-specific content to develop instruction for children and/or families in a community engaged internship. 

In addition to a combination of 36 credits from Education courses, and the MPSL, students are encouraged to consider courses in departments with a focus on community relations, social justice, and US cultures and structures to meet the minimum requirements of the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts.  Additionally, candidates for the Instructional Development major should seek minors, endorsements, or certificates from other departments and colleges to pair with the knowledge and experience of this program.

Instructional Development Major Courses

Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours in a combination of education (ED) courses.  Of the earned credit hours courses, the following courses are required:

  • ED120. Introduction to Education
  • ED170/172. Education Internship
  • ED200/232 and/or ED201 (3) Human Development Prek-6th and 6th – 12th for young children or adolescents
  • ED237 (3) Health, Nutrition, and Welfare of Young Children
  • ED335 Children, Family, and Community Engagement