Innovative Instruction


This area is designed for educators who desire to learn innovative, research-based instructional methods and create classrooms that prepare PK-12 students for their future. Incorporating practical, classroom-based experiences and assignments, coursework includes authentic assessment, data-driven decision-making, learner-centered activities, digital literacy, instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners, and opportunities to empower creative and collaborative problem solving in the PK-12 classroom.

Advisor: Dr. Leann DiAndreth-Elkins: [email protected]

Required courses in Education Common Core (12 hours):

  1. EDUC 502 Professional Writing (online every semester)
  2. EDUC 507 Research Methods (online every semester)
  3. EDUC 512 Assessment and Data Literacy (online every semester)
  4. EDUC 581 Capstone (16-week course during Fall or Spring only)

Required courses for this area of emphasis (18 hours):

  • EDL 553 Advanced Instructional Models (Fall I)
  • EDUC 534 Contemporary Applications of Educational Technology (Summer I; Fall II)
  • EDL 543 Creating a Culture of Innovation (Spring I)
  • EDL 562 Data Driven Decision Making (Spring II)
  • Select two from any EDUC or SPED 500-level course

Total academic hours required for degree: 30