MA, Differentiated Instruction

Study Format Online, On Campus
Program Length 30 credits*, 12 or 24 months

 

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The master of arts degree in differentiated instruction is designed for current educators with two to ten years of experience who are interested in leading change and reform efforts in their educational settings. These educators are those looking for knowledge, skills and dispositions to act as teacher-leaders in planning and implementing differentiated instructional improvements and curricular enhancements as they relate to all students. Candidates will:

  • Think critically, creatively, and analytically in ways that promote meaningful teaching and learning experiences.
  • Be able to articulate learning theory, assess student needs and develop curriculum and instructional strategies to meet those needs.
  • Master a variety of cognitive and learning theories, differentiation in the content areas, instructional technology across the curriculum, various instructional approaches and the importance of managing the differentiated learning environment using research-based instructional strategies and data-driven decision making.

Special Education and ELL/ESL Endorsement

Three of the classes required for this degree program apply toward the Illinois endorsement in Special Education or ESL/ELL. 

Career Options

  • Response to Instruction (RTI) Specialist
  • Teacher Leader (Special Education, ESL, Tier I Instruction)
  • Differentiated Curriculum Specialist/Coach
  • Instructional Coach
  • Grade-Level or Content-Team Leader
  • Department Chair
  • College Professor (undergraduate, graduate, online, face-to-face)

 

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