Curriculum Fundamentals – EDUC 571

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An introduction to basic concepts and issues related to curriculum design, development, change and evaluation.



Note: To be taken the semester directly before student teaching or during student teaching


Administrators and teachers are responsible for the planning and implementation of curriculum that best meets student needs and fosters maximum growth. In order to make educationally sound decisions and to implement decisions in a manner that is productive for students, educators must know the parameters, advantages, and disadvantages of the various curriculum models and must analyze the research which supports or discredits those conclusions.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the teacher candidate will be able to:

  1. Utilize the mission statement by developing a plan for designing, developing, and evaluating a curriculum.
  2. Access the Liberty University library and other available resources and utilize multiple resources to develop curriculum that is current, accurate, and meets necessary standards and is meaningful and engaging for K-12 learners.
  3. Use current research and evaluate the considerations necessary for meeting the needs of diverse populations in traditional curriculum approaches.
  4. Use a provided checklist to analyze and reflect on his/her curriculum project and provide evidence.
  5. Demonstrate mastery of the vocabulary, concepts, and principles associated with curriculum design.

Course Assignment

Research Journal Readings (MLO: B, C, E)

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Course Overview Quiz

The purpose of the quiz is to test the candidate’s understanding of the syllabus and course requirements. The candidate can review a list of questions before taking the Course Overview Quiz. The list of questions is listed in Module/Week 1. After the candidate has read the list of questions, he/she can take the quiz.

Class Introductions

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate will participate in an introduction discussion board forum that includes professional personal information.

Discussion Board Forums (MLO: B, C, E)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, each discussion is to be completed in 2 parts: 1) a thread to the instructor's prompt, and 2) a reply to at least 2 classmate’s thread. Replies should be substantive, furthering discussion in a professional way.

Curriculum Project

The curriculum project consists of several graded steps in the course. The candidate will complete the assignment based on his/her licensure track (Elementary/SPED or Secondary). The instructions and samples for the Curriculum Project and the related project steps can be found in the Course Guides and Assignment Instructions folder. Parts of this project will be completed as follows:

Curriculum Essentials Project

This template project includes a mission statement, a simplistic character education plan, and standards comparison and integration.

Horizontal Mapping Project

The candidate will configure a map that displays when and how long standards (content or skills) will be taught in the grade level for which he/she chooses for the Curriculum Project. The candidate will review state standards for his/her grade level. The Elementary/SPED track will create a map for 18 weeks (90 days), and the Secondary track will create a map for 36 weeks (180 days).

Sample Curriculum Planning Charts Project

The candidate will produce a shorter version of the Curriculum Project for the instructor to grade. Elementary/SPED candidates will submit a legend and 3 days of curriculum following the sample. Secondary candidates will submit a legend and 2 weeks of curriculum following the sample. The purpose of this assignment is for the instructor to give the candidate feedback before submitting the final Curriculum Project.

Curriculum Project Evidence of Curriculum Requirements

The candidate will list 5 ways in which the following elements are incorporated into the Curriculum Project: integration, fine arts, health, PE and movement, character education, diversity and accommodations, critical thinking and problem-solving activities, active learning experiences, involvement of the mission statement, technology, collaboration, and assessment.

Curriculum Project Resources

The candidate will compile at least 25 diverse professional resources in APA format in the reference section at the end of the Curriculum Project.