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EDUC 5031: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

NOTE: To register for this course, please email or call 250-377-6067.

Students are familiarized with a variety of theoretical perspectives on curriculum design and development, implementation, and evaluation. Curriculum, teaching, and learning will be applied to a variety of educational contexts and situations.

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on their own perspectives on curriculum, teaching and learning.
  • Identify major historical perspectives and the evolution of theories related to curriculum.
  • Apply and analyze components of curriculum in diverse educational settings in Canada and internationally;
  • Identify major curricular trends in western and global contexts;
  • Critically respond to the perspectives and interpretations of others
  • Synthesize perspectives on investigations and interpretations of curriculum development
  • Apply learning from the course to curriculum development relevant to particular areas of study

Course topics

EDUC 5031: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning includes the following units:

  • What is “curriculum”?
  • Old Meets New: Plato, Confucius, the Medieval Curriculum, Rousseau
  • Curriculum Theory: Montessori & Dewey
  • Curriculum Theory: Tyler & Eisner
  • Curriculum Theory: Freire & Greene
  • Curriculum Theory: Pinar & Noddings
  • Perspectives: Multiculturalism & Globalization
  • Perspectives: Environment
  • Perspectives: Indigenization
  • Perspectives: Gender
  • Models of Curriculum Organization
  • Connecting & Reflecting

Required text and materials

Online MEd students are responsible for sourcing and/or ordering their own books. Please see the list of required textbooks here: You may be able to order the text through the TRU Bookstore at

Please note, if you choose to source your own textbooks, publishers may offer several package options that include additional resource material not required in your course. You may choose to purchase any package as long as it includes the correct author, title and edition listed for your course.

If you have any questions about obtaining the correct textbook, please contact They will be happy to assist you.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final project.

Currere Project (three parts)
Assignment 1: Currere Stage 1 (Regressive): Post 10%
Assignment 2: Currere Stage 2 (Progressive): Post/Responses 20%
Assignment 3: Currere Stage 3 (Analytic) 10%
Assignment 4: Online Discussions 15%
Assignment 5: Curriculum Project Proposal 10%
Final Project: Curriculum Re/Design Project and Theoretical Lens Paper * 35%
Total 100%


Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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