Dr. James L. Pate, Head
Suite 2000, Communication Arts and Curriculum Building

The mission of the Department of Curriculum, Leadership, and Technology is to develop practitioners and researchers who are knowledgeable and skilled in improving schools and other learning organizations. To accomplish its mission, the department offers programs in curriculum and instruction at the doctoral level; leadership at the doctoral level, educational leadership at the specialist and master’s levels; and instructional technology at the specialist and master’s levels. The department also offers a variety of certifications and endorsement programs. All programs have distance education components and are strongly supported by research courses offered within the department.

The Curriculum and Instruction major (Ed. D.) provides interrelated courses and guided experiences to develop student understanding of effective instructional systems and application of theoretical foundations in curriculum and instruction. Course work requires doctoral candidates to research, design, develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate innovative educational practices in a variety of learning environments and academic disciplines. The program offers concentrations for both non P-12 educators and P-12 educators (GaPSC level 6/7 certificate).

The Leadership major (Ed. D.) seeks to develop doctoral candidates who are effective, ethical, and diverse leaders seeking to maximize achievement in schools and other organizations. Skill applications serve as the connection between the knowledge and inquiry skills developed in the core curriculum and research courses and the increasingly complex world of restructured practice and school or organizational improvement. The program offers concentrations for both non P-12 educators and P-12 educators (GaPSC level 6/7 certificate).

Programs offered in educational leadership lead to an Education Specialist degree (Ed. S.) in educational leadership (performance-based building- or system-level GaPSC PL-6 certificate options), and to a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) with a major in educational leadership (higher education leadership or P-12 school leadership) and/or GaPSC level 5 certification options. The department also offers a GaPSC PL-6/7 certification program in performance-based building- or system-level educational leadership. The educational leadership programs provide quality instruction, research, and service to prospective and practicing educational leaders. In particular, the Master of Education degree programs are designed to provide candidates with the basic knowledge, skills, and values to perform competently at entry-level leadership roles in higher education and student affairs. Candidates who complete the Education Specialist degree will be equipped with advanced knowledge and skills to perform competently as professionals in educational leadership. The doctoral program is intended to prepare candidates to assume active leadership roles in a variety of organizations. All programs emphasize ethical decision-making and leadership for change.

The instructional technology program is offered at the master’s and specialist levels. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree program accepts qualified graduates from all disciplines and has three concentrations: library media (GaPSC S-5 certificate), P-12 technology applications (GaPSC S-5 certificate), and technology application. The library media concentration prepares candidates to be school media specialists. The technology applications concentrations prepare candidates to be technology coordinators or instructional developers in a variety of contexts: business, industry, government, military service, health fields, and schools.

The Education Specialist (Ed. S.) with a major in instructional technology emphasizes leadership development and applied research skills in instructional technology practice and prepares candidates to meet present and future technological challenges within an educational organization. The program accepts qualified graduates from all disciplines and has three concentrations: library media (GaPSC S-5 certificate), P-12 technology applications (GaPSC S-5 certificate), and technology application. The library media concentration prepares candidates to be school media specialists. The technology applications concentrations prepare candidates to be technology coordinators or instructional developers in a variety of contexts: business, industry, government, military service, health fields, and schools.

CIED 7060. Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology Integration. 3 Hours.

An exploration of curriculum issues and trends, curriculum development, integration of technology into the curriculum, implementation of innovative instructional techniques, and legal/ethical issues across content areas and grade levels.

CIED 7601. Course Management Systems for E-Learning. 3 Hours.

The study and ethical practice of facilitating online learning through integrated course management systems.

CIED 7602. Resources and Strategies for E-Learning. 3 Hours.

Practical experiences in selection, implementation, and evaluation of digital resources and strategies for teaching and learning.

CIED 7603. Design and Delivery of Instruction for E-Learning. 3 Hours.

Prerequisites: CIED 7601 and 7602. Supervised online field-based experience in design, delivery, and evaluation of standards-based content to an appropriate student population.

CIED 7604. Pedagogical Aspects of Race and Culture in Education. 3 Hours.

Identification of problems related to race, culture, and schooling, with review of the academic literature, proposed pedagogical solutions, and approaches to addressing diversity in the classroom, with emphasis on the students' areas of certification.

CIED 9100. Curriculum Design, Implementation, and Evaluation. 3 Hours.

Application design, implementation, and evaluation of curricula to promote student learning.

CIED 9200. Instructional Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation. 3 Hours.

Advanced planning, implementation, and evaluation of instruction to facilitate student learning.

CIED 9210. Instructional Design. 3 Hours.

Advanced study of theory and practical application of designing instruction.

CIED 9220. Instructional Development and Production. 3 Hours.

Prerequisite: CIED 9210. Advanced study of theory and practical application of developing and producing instruction.

CIED 9280. Application of Research Methods in Learning and Development Settings. 3 Hours.

Prerequisite: CIED 9220. Study and application inquiry in the learning and development domain. Creating and extending knowledge related to the discipline will be emphasized.

CIED 9300. Using Assessment to Maximize Student Learning. 3 Hours.

Advanced design and development of multiple sources of assessment to maximize student learning.

CIED 9400. Review of Academic Discipline and Pedagogy Literature. 3 Hours.

Advanced analysis and synthesis of pedagogy related to the literature of the academic discipline documented through application of conventions of academic writing using the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

CIED 9500. Curriculum and Instruction Implementation and Evaluation. 3 Hours.

Prerequisite: CIED 9400. Application of formative and summative data collection, analysis, and reporting techniques for planning and conducting evaluations of curricula and instruction.

CIED 9600. Dissertation Topic Conceptualization. 3 Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of major courses and approval of advisor. Seminar for the development of the dissertation topic.

CIED 9700. Race, Culture, and Schooling. 3 Hours.

Identification of problems related to race, culture, and schooling and an exploration of some of the proposed solutions. Issues of diversity and multicultural education will frame the course, and the focus will be on the education of African American students.

CIED 9900. Special Topics in Curriculum and Instruction. 1-3 Hours.

Advanced study of specific contemporary issues in curriculum and instruction. Course may be repeated under different topics.

CIED 9999. Dissertation in Curriculum and Instruction. 1-6 Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of major courses and approval of advisor or dissertation chair. Development and defense of the dissertation proposal and the dissertation. Must be taken each fall and spring semester until dissertation is completed. Number of hours taken per term must be approved by the dissertation chair. A minimum of 9 hours must be completed.