Curriculum Development Project

M.Ed. Completion Dossier Application Product Options

1. Definition of this option

The purpose of the Curriculum Development Project is for students in the M.Ed. program to connect educational theory and research to their classroom practices (praxis) with the overarching goal of developing their abilities make conscious, reflective, and research based decisions to improve their curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The Curriculum Development Project should relate both to M.Ed. student classroom commitments and to professional commitments embodied in the conceptual framework of the M.Ed. Program: Innovation in times of educational change, innovation grounded in knowledge of students and learning, ethical practice, practice grounded in intellectual and professional communities, dedication to educating diverse students. The Curriculum Development Project is an appropriate application product in the completion dossier of students whose career goals include developing and sustaining expertise in a content area, and serving as a resource to other professionals in this topic area, as an integral part of their professional practice. A Curriculum Development Project should consist of an opening essay, closing reflection, as well as the curriculum itself.

The opening essay should include:

  1. An introduction to and outline of the importance of the topic/focus/central question that guides the Curriculum Development Project;
  2. A 10-15 page review, synthesis, and critical analysis of select research literature in the topic area that is the focus of the Curriculum Development Project;
  3. A lesson-by-lesson overview of the Curriculum Development Project that includes a meta-discussion of how these lessons explicitly relate to the body of research literature;
  4. A self-reflection that considers what has been learned and/or how this work has influenced their practice as teachers.

It is assumed that in the process of meeting the above expectations the opening essay will be in the range of 20-25 pages.

The curriculum itself should include:

  • A complete collection of lesson plans and teaching materials that constitutes the body of the Curriculum Development Project;
  • A clear articulation of the introduction to the lesson, goals/objectives of the lesson, how the lesson meets the requisite State or disciplinary standards, materials needed, suggested procedures, assessment, and modifications for students with IEPs or other forms of diverse needs (e.g., students whose first language is not Standard English)
  • The curriculum should be at the level of detail so that that the M.Ed. student could hand the Curriculum Development Project to another teacher who could themselves take it and teach it without the need for additional research or development).
  • Curriculum Development Projects are most often done as discrete instructional units that take place in linked but discrete blocks of time (e.g., a few weeks, a quarter, or a semester), and are coherent around a particular subject or content-based theme.
  • However, in some instances Curriculum Development Projects may take up a different form of coherence that results in a more sporadic set of lesson plans, but still represent a commitment to a particular theme or teaching strategy. (For instance, if a science teacher wishes to do a Curriculum Development Project that makes use of strategies associated with Writing Across the Curriculum, he or she may develop a series of activities that would take place at different points throughout the year—based on the understanding that the science teacher is not likely going to be teaching a solitary unit about writing in the sciences.)
  • Additionally, while it is difficult to place an expectation of a minimum number of lessons to be required in the Curriculum Development Projects because discrete lesson plans can themselves be of varying lengths (from a matter of a few minutes to projects that can take weeks), the expectation of the Education Program is that students in the M.Ed. who choose to complete a Curriculum Development Project will produce a curriculum of substance, one that clearly illustrates their grasp of how educational research and theory informs classroom practice.


  • The Curriculum Development Project should follow the guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA) for presentation of references in the text and the reference list.

2. Eligibility and Approval



  • UW Bothell students intending to pursue the Curriculum Development Project option may register for the elective BEDUC 577, Curriculum Development (3 credits) after having completed BEDUC 557 Curriculum Studies & Classroom Practice and 20 or more credits of required coursework.
  • Students register for BEDUC 599, Culminating Project (2 credits), after successful completion of BEDUC 577, to finish the project.
  • Prior to registering for BEDUC 599 students must discuss their Curriculum Development Project topic with their academic advisor and secure the approval of an Education Program faculty member to oversee the project. This person may be the student’s current academic advisor, or the student may need to select a different faculty member to oversee the project. This faculty member, upon agreeing to oversee the project, would become the student’s academic advisor for the duration of the student’s program of study. Students select a second reader of the paper, either the instructor of BEDUC 577 or another faculty member, at this time.

3. Course Registration Requirements



  • UW Bothell students intending to pursue curriculum development option may register for BEDUC 577, Curriculum Development (3 credits) after having completed BEDUC 557, Curriculum Studies & Classroom Practice (3 credits) and 20 or more credits of required coursework.
  • BEDUC 577 focuses on best practice principles and models of curriculum development. (For students interested in developing integrated curriculum projects, the course BEDUC 515, Curriculum Integration, is recommended as an elective.)
  • In BEDUC 599, taken after the successful completion of BEDUC 577, students complete the final version of the Curriculum Development Project under the direction of their advisor.
  • Students select a second reader of the project, either the instructor of BEDUC 577 or another faculty member, at this time.



4. Timelines

BEDUC 577 Curriculum Development will be offered each academic year, while BEDUC 599 Culminating Project will be coordinated between advisor and advisee.

The grade for BEDUC 599 (CR/NC) will be awarded upon the successful completion of the final draft of the curriculum development project.

The project will need to be submitted in final form to the student’s advisor no later than the eighth week of the quarter in which the student is enrolled in BEDUC 599.



5. Assessment of the Curriculum Development Project as an Application Product



To use the Curriculum Development Project as the application product in the M.Ed. Completion Dossier, a complete and revised version of the project must be submitted to the student’s advisor no later than the eighth week of the quarter in which the student is enrolled in BEDUC 599, Culminating Project.

During the quarter before the student wishes to graduate, the student will submit a completion dossier plan with Curriculum Development Project listed as the application product.

Incorporates Faculty Decisions through 3/3/11

 

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