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The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences: Certificates:
Graduate Certificate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

This certificate is designed to give teachers the tools to plan, develop, and implement quality units and lessons with an emphasis on the important interrelationships between curriculum, instruction, and assessment. It sets the stage for refocusing and energizing planning so teachers’ classrooms can become a place where students are motivated and engaged in meaningful learning.

This certificate also explores how teachers can be effective leaders of learning in their classrooms. Teachers learn the latest findings in neuroscience and apply a variety of teaching strategies that promote and foster real learning and achievement.

Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification

This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure.

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment specialists can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.

Certificate Requirements

  • 12 total semester credit hours


  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Course Sequence

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Semester Course Credits
Semester 1  

EDUC 6730 - Curriculum Design for Learning

3 semester credits

EDUC 6731 - Assessment for Student Learning

3 semester credits
Semester 2

EDUC 6734 - Differentiated Instruction (Accelerating)

3 semester credits

EDUC 6651 - Teacher Leadership in the Classroom: Increasing Learning and Achievement

3 semester credits