Instructional Development

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.

Our Strengths

Instructional development is a flexible program for students who are less interested in teaching in a classroom and more interested in being involved with the development of learning experiences, instructional programs, and community outreach activities that benefit children and their families.  Students in this program will learn to:

  • think critically about the ways in which education intersects with social, cultural, political, and economic matters;
  • plan developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children of varying ages;
  • organize community outreach activities to educate children and/or families in the goals an mission of an organization or program;
  • develop and maintain positive relationships with constituents working toward a goal of providing educational or life experiences for children and families

Program Highlights

This major includes 36 credits from the School of Education that assist students in applying learned knowledge of human development, learning theories, and discipline-specific content to develop instruction for children and/or families in community-engaged internships.  Courses prepare students for work with children age birth through adolescence with a focus on the learning needs of children and families with diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Plans of Study

Departmental Course Offerings

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 Human Development Prek-6th and 6th – 12th for young children or adolescents
  • ED237 Health, Nutrition, and Welfare of Young Children
  • ED335 Children, Family, and Community Engagement