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ED 606 Curriculum Theory & Practice
Freeland, Deborah Kim

Mission Statement: The mission of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Park University is to provide leadership and directions to Park University's graduate and professional programs to assure that they are specialized, scholarly, innovative, and designed to educate students to be creative, independent, and lifelong learners within the context of a global community.

School For Education Mission Statement
The School for Education at Park University, an institution committed to diversity and best practice, prepares educators to be effective school professionals, reflective change agents, and advocates for equity and excellence for all learners.

Vision Statement: Park University's School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be an international leader in providing innovative graduate and professional educational opportunities to learners within a global society.

School For Education Vision Statement
The School for Education at Park University is to be known as a leader in the preparation of educators who will address the needs, challenges, and possibilities of the 21st century.

Park University School for Education  Conceptual Framework


ED 606 Curriculum Theory & Practice


F1P 2008 DL


Freeland, Deborah Kim


Professor of Education


B. S. Exercise Science
M. Ed. Education
Ph. D.  

Office Location


Office Hours

T-TH 2-4

Daytime Phone

(575) 551-4429


Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Required Texts/Materials

Please make sure you have the correct book for this course. For those of you who have not yet received your text, I strongly suggest you do not wait for, or accept the "traditional" methods - be proactive - get them to overnight the textbook to you if necessary.

Title: The Struggle for the American Curriculum: 1893-1958, 3rd Edition

Author: Herbert M. Kliebard

ISBN: 0-415-94891-6

Title: Critical Pedagogy: Notes From the Real World

Author: Joan Wink


Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.

Course Description:
ED606 Curriculum Theory and Practice: An overview of curriculum theory that discusses current issues in curriculum and gives the teacher the opportunity to develop useful curriculum. A minimum of three (3) hours of practicum experience in the field is required. a. elementary b. middle c. secondary d. early childhood e. adult education

Educational Philosophy:
My dear children: I rejoice to see you before me today, happy youth of a sunny and fortunate land. Bear in mind that the wonderful things that you learn in your schools are the work of many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labour in every country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honour it, and add to it, and one day faithfully hand it on to your children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which we create in common. If you always keep that in mind you will find meaning in life and work and acquire the right attitude towards other nations and ages. (Albert Einstein talking to a group of school children. 1934)

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will identify and analyze different approaches to curriculum theory and development.
  2. Students will understand the impact of these different approaches to curriculum on their educational practice.
  3. Students will develop a method of inquiry that will enable them to integrate it into their own professional development.
  4. Students will develop a personal philosophy of curriculum and instruction that can be applied in their own professional setting.
  5. Students will develop a curriculum with a clear sense of purpose, incorporating ideas and issues we have discussed, which can be used in a practical setting.
  6. Students will explore educational issues that impact the classroom and student
  7. Students will explore possible ways education can impact student understanding and participation in a democratic society.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will identify and analyze different approaches to curriculum theory and development. [MoSTEP 1.2.2, 1.2.3]
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Grading Policy

Course Grading Scale

90% = A (exceptional work)

80% = B (outstanding work)

70% = C (meets minimum standards)

65% = D (below minimum standards)

Discussion Assignments

 5 points (week 1-8)

 40 points total

Activity Assignments

 5 points (week 1-4)

 20 points total

Personal Philosophy of Curriculum

 20 points (week 4)

 20 points total

Curriculum Project

 60 points (week 5-8)

 60 points total

Final Exam 30 points (week 8) 30 points total

                                        Total 170 points total

A = 170-152 points

B = 151-135 points

C = 134-118 points



1. Discussion/Peer Review Assignments

The Discussion Assignments are meant to help make the reading and lecture material more applicable to your life, and to educational curricular matters today. As a graduate student in an 8-week accelerated course, your participation is necessary to maintain the desired level of involvement, peer interaction in the online environment, and to maximize your learning. Each student will be an important member of the learning community and class participation represents a substantial component of this course. Moreover, the learning created through class discussion/postings, collaborative work, and experiential learning will be essential for developing an understanding of course material. You will complete the assigned readings and participate in reflective responses weekly. In the weekly discussion area, you are expected not only to post your own thoughts/ideas, but also to respond to other peers in your course with thoughtful and meaningful feedback, agreement/disagreement and rationale for your perspectives. To gain full participation points for the discussion assignments, student are expected to post 3 or more times weekly with reference to reading/lecture materials. (Please review Discussion Grading Rubric)

2. Activity Assignments

In Weeks 1 - 4, you will submit an activity chart that will help you organize and categorize information on particular theories, movements, and concepts of curriculum. Each week you will complete the chart based on the readings and lecture material presented, and will maintain a running log of this information to help you synthesize and assimilate these theories and prepare for the final exam. Students will receive 5 points weekly for the designated portions of the chart that are successfully completed and submitted by the due date.

3. Personal Philosophy of Curriculum

You will complete a personal reflection and will create your own Personal Philosophy of Curriculum. This will be a cumulative overview of what you've learned from the theorists/philosophies studied in the course, and will also allow you to create your own original views about curriculum based on your favorite ideas and theorists. (Statement of Curriculum Philosophy Grading Rubric)

4. Curriculum Project

A practical application of theory and methods learned in class will culminate in the Curriculum Project (Weeks 5-8). This is a sizeable piece of curriculum, such as a semester, quarter, or mini-course (not a week's lesson plans). Creativity and flexibility are important in developing this project. Write the curriculum in such a way that another instructor could easily understand and use it. This is a work in progress and will be completed based on weekly assignments and components. Please note the "Curriculum Project" link for further elaboration. Each component will be broken down weekly for completion. We will use the model of Collegial Curriculum Design and will work in groups to help one another through peer review and critique on weekly items. The final Curriculum Project will be submitted Week 8 for instructor evaluation and feedback. 

(Curriculum Project Grading Rubric)

5. Final Exam

You will complete a 30 question final exam online during Week 8 of the course. This exam will consist of multiple choice, true/false, and multiple selection questions. The final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th Week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website

Other Information on proctored exams:

It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. 

Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. 

A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. 

Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Course Policies

Course-Specific Policies:

Student work is expected to be submitted in a timely manner. Late work will NOT be accepted. If you have an emergency, please contact the instructor via email and phone to make arrangements asap.

As a graduate student, you are expected to participate daily in the course (to check for announcements, add discussion posts, completed assignments, offer peer feedback, etc). 

Extra credit is NOT available

Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

It is expected that we will value each others opinion, statements, etc. and that we will always show respect for our fellow learner. If at any time you feel offended, please let me know.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Timeframe Readings Topics Discussion Due Thursday @ midnight
Activities  Due Sunday @ midnight 

Week 1


1, 2

 Chapter 1 (Kliebard)

and pages 64, 105, 140-141.

 Overview and Subject Centered Curriculum Approaches Complete Discussion

Topic: Testing, Curriculum, and Standards

 Complete Activity Assignment

(Chart-Part I)

Week 2


1, 2

 Chapter 2 (Kliebard)

and page 64

 Child Centered Curriculum Approaches Complete Discussion

Topic: Mainstreaming and IQ Complete Activity Assignment

(Chart-Part II) 

Week 3


1, 2

 Chapter 4 & 7 (Kliebard)

 Society Centered Curriculum Approaches Complete Discussion

Topic: School Choice Complete Activity Assignment

(Chart-Part III)

Week 4


1, 2, 4

 Chapter 3 & 8 (Kliebard)

 Progressive Education and Hybrid Curriculum Approaches Complete Discussion

Topic: Progress and Technology Complete Activity Assignment

(Chart-Part IV)

Submit Personal Philosophy of Curriculum and Instruction

Submit Mid-Term Evaluation

Week 5


1, 2, 4, 6

 Chapter 1 &2 (Wink)

 Critical Pedagogy

Curriculum Project - Part One Complete Discussion

Topic: Bilingual Education Complete Curriculum Project: Introduction and Rationale

Week 6


3, 5

 Chapter 3 (Wink)

 Critical Pedagogy

Curriculum Project - Part Two Complete Groupwork

Topic: Learning, Relearning, and Unlearning Complete Curriculum Project:

ILO's and Evaluation

Week 7


3, 5, 7

 Chapter 4 & 5 (Wink)

 Critical Pedagogy

Curriculum Project - Part Three Complete Groupwork

Topic: Teaching Critically Complete Curriculum Project:

Accommodation, Strategies, and Materials

Week 8


3, 5, 7

 Curriculum Project Work

 Critical Pedagogy

Synthesis Complete Groupwork

Topic: Peer Review of Curriculum Projects Complete Final Exam

Final Submission of Curriculum Project

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25
Academic dishonesty in the School of Online Learning includes but is not limited to:

Plagiarism occurs when a writer represents another person's words or ideas as his/her own.  Most often, plagiarism results when writers fail to enclose direct quotations in quotation marks; fail to include citations in the text or as footnotes; and/or fail to furnish a reference/works consulted list to accompany researched writing.  

Cheating occurs when the integrity of an activity or examination is compromised through dishonesty or deceit.  Cheating includes unsanctioned student collaboration or the use of unsanctioned collateral materials.  Cheating includes exchanging information about proctored examinations, quizzes, or other class activities that are designed to be completed independently.

Misrepresentation involves providing false information in an academic assignment, furnishing false or misleading information to instructors or other University personnel, or presenting misleading or fabricated data as valid.

In the event of alleged academic dishonesty, an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report will be submitted to the an Online Academic Director who will then investigate the charge.  Students who engage in academic dishonesty are subject to a range of disciplinary actions, from a failing grade on the assignment or activity in question to expulsion from Park University.  


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 29
Students are expected to spend a substantial amount of time online and offline each week including but not limited to responding to the weekly conference discussions, sending/receiving Email, reading and viewing online lectures, completing online quizzes and tests, and conducting research over the World Wide Web.  A rule of thumb is that you should spend approximately 4-5 hours per week online reviewing course content and engaging in group work and discussion and an additional 4-6 hours per week on readings, preparing assignments, or completing papers or examinations.  

An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term.  PLEASE NOTE:  Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation.  Participation grades will be assigned by each individual instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

For more details on Park University on page 100 of the Park University Undergraduate Catalog or page 14 of the Park University Graduate Catalog. .

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

Additional Information:

Student Resources

Online Student Help and Resources - To view the Online Student Help and Resources pages, please visit from within any of your online courses. This site provides a single location to information for online students including links to technical support information, multimedia and software assistance. Once you are there, click on Software and Multimedia. If you want information on how to download and install Real Player, click on the Adobe Flash Player link and follow the directions provided.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.

Park University Online Bookstore - Select "Distance Learning - Graduate," or "Distance Learning Internet," and then click on the appropriate course code (ex. AC 201, PA 501) to see the list of required and optional texts for each course that you are enrolled in. 

Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Your Campus Center Administrator can provide advising to you, please contact them for assistance. If you need contact information for your Campus Center, click here.

Online Tutoring Services - Park University has arranged for Online students to receive five hours of free access to Online tutoring and academic support through Smarthinking. If you would like Online tutoring, please contact me to receive their recommendation and information on how to access the Online tutoring.

Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.

Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.

Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024.


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