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Master of Arts in EducationDifferentiated Instruction

The Master’s of Arts in Differentiated Instruction is designed to assist PK-12 teachers in the application of purposeful and dynamic strategies that empower each learner to access the full curriculum and achieve academic success in a complex learning environment. Students in the program will enhance their knowledge and ability to assist PK-12 students learning needs across the content areas.

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Differentiated Instruction Curriculum Overview

The Master of Arts with emphasis in Differentiated Instruction assists PK – 12 teachers in the application of purposeful and dynamic strategies that empower each learner to access the full curriculum and achieve academic success in a complex learning environment. Emphasis is placed on tiered differentiated instruction, best practices, research and assessment, collaboration with colleagues, parents and other professionals, literacy development, mental health needs and understanding family systems.

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 512 Ethical Issues for Prof. Educ. 3
DI - 594 Effective Practices in DI 3
ED - 521 Educ Research & Applications 3
DI - 536 Inclusion: Effective Practices 3
DI - 532 Collab in Inclusive Settings 3
DI - 509 App of DI in Gifted Education 3
DI - 515 Family Systems for Educators 3
DI - 534 Tchg Stdts w/Mental Hlth Needs 3
DI - 538 DI Across Content 3
ED - 590 Research & Complete Capstone 3

A study of ethics and moral philosophy with application to the field of education. Current educational issues will be examined in the context of the lives and careers of the PK-12 educator.

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An introduction to the study, exploration and application of effective practices for all classroom learners. Focus is on classroom instruction blending of whole-class, group and individual instruction on the premise that instructional approaches are to be varied and adapted in relation to the diverse student needs in the classroom.

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Mastering the systematic and rigorous process of posing a focused question, developing a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis, collecting and analyzing relevant data and drawing conclusions.

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Exploring and applying the values underlying inclusion, the foundations of successful inclusion, differentiating instruction and classroom management.

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A study of applied best practices for implementing and sustaining collaborative teaching in inclusive settings. Areas of focus include skills for collaboration, co-teaching, inclusive school practices, team building, shared problem solving, interpersonal communication, conflict and controversy, and home-school communication.

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This course is a study of the improvement of educational practices in relation to differentiated instruction with emphasis on gifted education.

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Best practices for building strong family-school relationships; a survey of current developments in the study of the family and an analysis of changes in American society and their influence on family life.

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A study of classroom strategies, state and district initiatives and support resources that help children and youth with mental health needs learn successfully in the inclusive classroom setting.

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This course will focus on methods of instruction for diverse learners. Students will develop knowledge and skills for planning, implementing, coordinating and evaluating differentiated teaching and learning environments that challenge and assist diverse learners to achieve at their highest level of ability.

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A review and critical analysis of current educational research focused on a specific question. Students complete the capstone project.

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  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system. More information can be found on the How to Request Official Transcripts site.
    • Please have all official transcripts sent to: Concordia University – Saint Paul Office of Graduate Admission ATTN: Kristine Erickson 1282 Concordia Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via your student portal. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
    • What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Career Potential

At completion of the program you will earn a Master of Arts in Education in Differentiated Instruction.

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