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Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning

People who pursue advanced studies in curriculum and instruction or in teaching and learning nearly always start with a background -or at least a great interest in- education. Because of this, the questions of what to teach, how to teach it, and perhaps most importantly, how to evaluate what is being taught and its impacts are very important to you.

Do the issues of social justice and inequality concern you? Would you like to be able to make a positive contribution in the realm of public education or even higher education as a leader?

As a graduate of one of our programs in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the history, concepts, and issues of diversity in school, institutional, and community settings. These programs are designed to broaden your ability to engage in diversity education as well as integrate core technology skills that specialists and consultants need.

Your course work

The degrees in this area of study all have the advantage of being online, and your studies will combine real-world interaction with remote learning. There are two areas of concentration in the Curriculum and Instruction program at the University of South Carolina, one in Curriculum Studies and the other in Educational Technology. The Teaching M.Ed. and Teaching and Learning Ph.D. focus on advanced methods of instruction and practices for teaching and research.

Your career

The degrees in this section are primarily intended for people who are furthering their careers in education. If you choose the Curriculum Studies concentration of the Curriculum and Instruction program, you might go on to become a curriculum specialist, where you might design or assess educational programs, select textbooks or even develop curricula for your district or region. When you pick the Educational Technology track in Curriculum and Instruction, your work will likely center more on developing or selecting instructional technology, training your fellow teachers, and making sure that the students in your area have access to relevant technologies.

When you complete the Teaching M.Ed., you might decide to stay in the classroom or even continue furthering your education to move higher up in your career. Finally, by choosing the Teaching and Learning Ph.D., you are making a decision to move into academia, whether as an instructor of teachers or as someone who studies the relationships between teaching methods and the ways that people learn and retain information.