Intentional Curriculum Design: Motivate and Inspire Your Students

3 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Design New or Existing Curriculum with this Convenient Online Self-Paced Course

This course is designed for K-12 educators who would like to develop impactful curriculum. Educators will work closely with an instructor in order to promote effective teaching for the current or upcoming school year. Participants will use the feedback provided to them by the instructor in order to create goals for the course and ultimately an implementation plan for their new curriculum. Educators have the option to refresh existing lessons and curriculum or they can use this course to build brand new content. You have the option to incorporate resources into your plan that will be impactful in the classroom. This course does not limit participants to a specific subject matter – students are free to choose the area of curriculum that they feel would benefit from a redesign. Participants can focus on the need for new resources, textbooks, lesson plans or modify their curriculum in order to align to new standards.

Final submission for all sections is due on or before May 21, 2023.

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Course Details

Number or Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend:   This course provides continuing education for K-12 educators interested in planning customized curriculum and/or lesson plans.

Course Format: Online Self-Paced, within given dates*. The course starts Monday, March 20, 2023 and should be completed on or before Sunday, May 21, 2023

*Online Self-Paced courses are a perfect blend of accessibility, convenience and flexibility for you to control your learning pace. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your submissions and final project. Grades are based on assignments and completed projects. You have until Sunday, May 21, 2023 or sooner to complete the course. Please pace yourself to allow for instructor responses. Course completion date will reflect May 21, 2023 on transcript for all participants that successfully meet the completed course work due date deadline.

Technical Requirements

Instructors: Various experienced and qualified K-12 educators. See individual course sections

We highly recommend that you view the entire course upon enrollment (or beginning March 20 when it becomes available for student view), including instructor announcement regarding their grading schedule to help you successfully pace yourself.

Choose Your Instructor

Instructor NameSection Number
Craig Yokoi001
Victoria Montes002
Jennifer Krauss003
Scott Cody004

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What You Will Learn

  • Create impactful curriculum for the current or upcoming school year
  • Integrate feedback from instructor into curriculum plans in order to make enhancements and/or add resources
  • Identify tools and resources needed in order to create new or build upon existing curriculum
  • Create an implementation plan that can immediately applied to the classroom


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Online Self-Paced

Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.

How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

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