The Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) program is designed to enrich the certified teacher’s knowledge of research-based teaching and learning in the context of the profession’s shifting landscape. Evening and summer classes make it possible for students to pursue the degree while continuing to teach, thereby strengthening the program's theory-to-practice approach.
Relevant, credible, hybrid
The C&I program consist of a thoughtful balance of hybrid and face-to-face courses, purposefully designed to deliver high-quality learning experiences while accommodating the busy schedule of teaching professionals. Most classes follow a hybrid format, which provides students with flexibility and the convenience of working at home during online class sessions, while the face-to-face meetings bring students together for rich conversations about teaching and learning. Our small class sizes and discussion-based courses encourage high levels of engagement. The majority of Curriculum & Instruction courses are hybrid, with the capstone research course following a traditional format.
Hood’s education faculty and adjunct instructors are professional educators in the very fields in which they teach. They know, from everyday experience in local schools, how standards, curriculum, and assessment in today's diverse classrooms affect teaching and learning across all disciplines. They understand what effective inquiry-based learning, differentiation and personalized learning look like in high-performing classrooms. As a direct result, students have the advantage of relevant course content that puts current theory into practice.
Concentration choices, small classes
The C&I program offers concentrations in elementary education, secondary education, elementary school science and mathematics, and special education. Students advance through the master’s program, taking myriad courses that delve into brain-based teaching learning and assessment. The range of courses focus on current best practices, emerging issues, equity and equality. Small classes mean individual support and meaningful opportunities for collaborative work. Many of the courses in the program are offered in a hybrid forma to tap into technology as a blended learning tool.
The Hood Education Department is recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education as an approved Educator Preparation Program provider.
"I loved the online and face to face assignments and activities! I learned a lot... and the resources are practical for my classroom." - Hood graduate student
"I like going to class and communicating with others. I also like being able to work from home, on my own time, at my own pace. This class offered both." - Hood graduate student
"It was nice to not have to commute every week, the online portions built on what we did during the face to face sessions." - Hood graduate student