Issues and Trends in Curriculum and Instruction – EDUC 735

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/09/2020

Course Description

An overview of the current issues and trends in the field of education, specifically targeting the area of teaching and learning.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The purpose of this course is to provide a knowledge base concerning issues and trends in the field of education, specifically the areas of teaching and learning. The candidate should have a sound knowledge base of the issues as well as a plan to research these issues and should begin to develop a network with other educators in the field to discuss and make recommendations concerning these issues.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Interpret how practitioners carry out inquiry and the issues faced and can make inferences about research implications.
  2. Integrate skills in speaking, writing, reading, and listening for effective communication in educational settings.
  3. Collaborate with various educational stakeholders in a variety of settings.
  4. Select appropriate technology and resources to support educational goals.
  5. Exercise reflection and sound judgment in the practice of the profession.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.


There will be 3 Discussions throughout the course. Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. The candidate must post a thread in response to the prompt. The candidate is encouraged to read other candidates’ threads. For Discussions, the candidate is required to post 1 thread of at least 500 words. The candidate must post 2 replies of at least 200 words each. The candidate must support his/her assertions with 1–2 citations in current APA format for each thread except in Discussion 1. (MLO:  B, E)

Journal List

Using ERIC, EBSCO Host, or Info Trac, the candidate is to locate at least 5 peer-reviewed journals in the field of education. The candidate will then provide a 3–5-sentence description of the journal, along with the title. The resource list must follow the specific instructions located in the Assignment Instructions. (MLO: A, D)

Research Paper Outline

The candidate will create a short, working, and informal outline of how he/she plans to formulate his/her Research Paper. The outline must follow the specific instructions located in the Assignment Instructions. This includes a Historical Summary, Current Research, and at least 10 resources that the student plans to use in his/her paper. (MLO: A, B)

Journal Critiques (3)

The candidate will complete 3 Journal Critiques in this course. Each Journal Critique must be 3 pages (including cover page) and no more than 4 pages. Each journal critique must be submitted in Canvas and follow the specific instructions located in the Assignment Instructions. (MLO: A, B)

Field Expert Interview

For this assignment, the candidate will conduct an interview of 8-10 questions with a specialist in his/her school division (or one nearby) that has a sound knowledge base of the candidate’s topic for his/her research. It is preferred that the interview be conducted in person, but by phone or video conferencing will work also. While the candidate is conducting the interview, he/she must focus on obtaining insight into the issue he/she has chosen and learning to network and collaborate with a colleague to discuss educational issues. The candidate must not focus on employment opportunities. The interview must be submitted in Canvas and follow the specific instructions located in the Assignment Instructions. (MLO: B, C, E)

Research Paper

The Research Paper for this course will be based on the topic chosen in the beginning of the course concerning teaching and learning. The paper must be written in current formal APA style. The minimum number of required resources is 10. All resources must be scholarly articles (published no more than 5 years ago) or peer-reviewed journals (usually found from databases such as ERIC, EBSCO Host, or Info Trac). Resources must be diverse in nature and can include books and/or professional websites. The research aspect must be from diligent work in ascertaining current, scholarly resources to support writing about the topic/issue. No original research may be conducted for the Research Paper. The research paper must follow the specific instructions located in the Assignment Instructions. This assignment must be submitted through Turnitin and Canvas. (MLO: A, B, D)

Presentation Project

The purpose of this assignment is to help the candidate gain experience with a realistic topic/issue in a future position the candidate hopes to obtain. Before beginning, the candidate must think about an issue in teaching and learning that would fall under his/her jurisdiction in this future (or current) position. This topic must not be the same as the Research Paper. The project is broken into 3 parts. For further instruction, refer to the Assignment Instructions found in Canvas. The candidate must support his/her project with at least 5 scholarly sources, properly citing them in current APA format. The assignment must be submitted in Canvas. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)