Quick Facts

  Next Start Date: August 19, 2024


Licensed Indiana teachers who are interested in curriculum design and instructional leadership will find a new career opportunity with Ball State’s director of curriculum and instruction license.

With this license you will supervise curriculum development, curriculum mapping, and instructional design in cooperation with teachers and teacher-leaders such as instructional coaches and school administrators at the school or district level.

Who is this license for?

This license is ideal for both teachers and administrators at the school or district level. The holder of the director of curriculum and instruction license is eligible to serve as a district-level administrator with some of these duties: 

  • Managing the design of the curriculum plan
  • Collaborating with administrators, teacher leaders, and teachers to align curriculum with the district or school’s mission
  • Cooperating with directors of special education, technology, career and technical education, and other areas to implement a cohesive curricular program
  • Supervising instructional leaders such as instructional coaches and mentor teachers
  • Overseeing instructional policy including teacher induction and evaluation
  • Supporting professional learning related to curriculum and instruction
  • Examining the research on curriculum and instruction
  • Evaluating existing curricular and instructional programs
  • Recommending revisions consistent with research and evaluation

Criteria for Becoming a Licensed Director in Indiana

What will put you in the position to be a director of curriculum and instruction?

If you wish to earn the director of curriculum and instruction license or the equivalent, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete an approved district level administrator: director of curriculum and instruction program
  • Obtain a master’s degree or, if already degreed, complete additional course work in a district level administrator: director of curriculum and instruction program
  • Hold a professional educator license with proficiency of initial, standard, provisional, proficient, or accomplished practitioner instructional license
  • Have a minimum of two years of experience as a teacher

Licensure Evaluation

Credits earned from your master’s degrees may be applied to the license. You can request a transcript evaluation from the Office of Teacher Education Services to learn which courses will apply to the licensure requirements.

Courses You Will Take

As a director of curriculum and instruction license student, you will also take the following courses:

  • EDAD 600 Introduction to Educational Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDCU 601 Principles and Procedures of Curriculum Development (3 credits)
  • EDCU 610 The Elementary School Curriculum (3 credits)
  • EDCU 620 The Secondary School Curriculum (3 credits)
  • EDPS 646 Tests and Measurements (3 credits)
  • EDST 671 Evaluation of Educational Programs (3 credits)

And one course from the following:

  • EDST 676 Research on Impacting Student Learning (3 credits)
  • EDJH 676 Research in Junior High/Middle School Education (3 credits)
  • EDEL 676 Research in Elementary Education (3 credits)

Choose 6 credits from the following:

  • EDCU 630 The Junior High and Middle School Curriculum (3 credits)
  • EDCU 640 The Alternative School Curricula (3 credits)
  • EDST 680 Staff Development to Strengthen Curriculum (3 credits)

Choose 6 credits from the following:

  • EDEL 644 Education in a Diverse Society (3 credits)
  • EDFO 631 Philosophy of Education (3 credits)
  • EDFO 641 History of American Education (3 credits)
  • EDFO 651 Educational Sociology (3 credits)
  • EDMU 670 Social and Cultural Minorities in American Education (3 credits)

Choose 6 credits from the following:

  • EDAD 650 Supervision of Instruction (3 credits)
  • EDJH 512 Instructional Strategies and Approaches in Junior High and Middle Schools (3 credits)
  • EDRD 610 The Teaching of Reading in the Elementary School (3 credits)
  • EDSE 695 Dynamics of the Secondary School Classroom (3 credits)

Choose 6 credits from the following:

  • EDTE 650 Curricular Integration of Learning Technology (3 credits)
  • EDTE 670 Technology Policy and Pedagogy (3 credits)
  • EDTE 675 Distance Education and Distributed Learning Technology (3 credits)
  • EDTE 685 Information Systems for Instruction and Assessment (3 credits)

Meet Your Advisor

Dr. Jill Bradley-Levine
Associate Professor of Educational Studies
Department of Educational Studies
Ball State Teachers College

Online Learning at a Glance

The director of curriculum and instruction license is designed with the working adult in mind. Courses are asynchronous, meaning you can complete them at a pace that fits into your daily routine without worrying about being late to class. Many students take one or two courses at a time until they find the right balance between work, classes, and other responsibilities.

You’ll still earn a reputable Ball State degree whether you’re taking classes in a physical or online classroom.

Federal Employees Pay In-State Tuition

Ball State has joined the Federal Academic Alliance and is offering reduced tuition rates for all eligible, non-Indiana resident Federal Government Employees (civil servants), spouses, dependents, and retirees who enroll in online graduate-level programs and courses through Ball State’s Teachers College. Learn more.

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Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, if you are considering a program that leads to professional licensure, some states may have additional regulations. Review our state authorization website if you live outside of Indiana and contact us if you have questions.

Want to Learn More?

Do you have questions about this program or online learning? We’re here to help! You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.