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Today’s Pre-K – 12 classrooms are more diverse than ever, and finding effective ways to teach all students is more important than it’s ever been.

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Gain a deep understanding of how to effectively differentiate instruction for learners who are: English learners, gifted, at-risk for school failure, or who experience mild to moderate disability. Graduates of the program will gain specific skills associated with differentiating:

  • content: what is to be learned
  • process: how learners acquire information
  • product: how learners demonstrate learning
  • learning environments: where and with whom learners learn.

All the courses for this degree are available 100% online.

Master of Applied Science in Assessment

The Master of Applied Science in Assessment – Differentiated Instruction option provides a deep understanding of fundamental issues associated with differentiating instruction methods.

Students will obtain:

  • Knowledge of differentiated instructional methods needed to successfully teach all learners in diverse classrooms
  • Knowledge of effective approaches to differentiated instruction
  • Opportunities to develop leadership skills, including: needs analysis, shared vision, improved communication, adult learning, measurement of efficacy and overcoming resistance
  • Enhanced general knowledge of diverse, inclusive classroom settings
  • Training in analytical and critical thinking methods
  • Support for an internship experience

The Differentiated Instruction option is designed to meet the needs of the following professionals:

  • Current and future teachers, from early childhood, elementary and secondary education, who want to learn techniques to more effectively support all learners in diverse, inclusive, PreK-12 classrooms
  • School administrators, who are interested in improving instructional practices in their school or district
  • Current or future educational policy makers, who wish to enhance their understanding of the power of differentiated instruction for meeting the unique needs of ALL learners in diverse, inclusive, PreK-12 classrooms

While successful completion of the Differentiated Instruction master’s degree will prepare graduates to better meet the diverse challenges of teaching in today’s classrooms, it is not a program that will lead to licensure.  The State of Missouri does not currently offer a teacher certification unique to differentiated instruction.

  • Strong foundation in current research in the field of differentiating instructional content, process, product and learning environments
  • All required courses are available online
  • A professional core sequence, which focuses on critical reading of education literature and analyzing research in education
Dr. Susan M. Bashinski

Dr. Susan Bashinski

Graduate Program Director & Professor
(816) 271-4394

Professional Core
EDU 611Research Development and Literature Analysis3
EDU 678Master Education Experience I3
EDU 679Master Education Experience II3
Concentration Requirements
EDU 661Multidisciplinary Approaches in Differentiated Instruction3
EDU 662Teacher Leadership for Differentiated Instruction3
TSL 560Methods of Teaching ELLs3
EDU 677Advanced Methods, Differentiation, and Instruction3
Optional Courses- Take three courses from the following five:9
Materials and Assessments for ELLs
Language and Culture
Collaborating with Families and School Personnel for Inclusion
Behavioral Management & Interventions
Foundations of Professional Ethics
Open Elective3
Approved graduate-level elective course(s)
Total Credit Hours33

Graduation Requirements

  1. Filing an approved Application for Graduation.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all required coursework as listed on the approved Program of Study.
  3. Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no more than 6 credit hours of C in all required coursework.
  4. Official approval of required Master Educator Experience (or capstone).

Are you ready to declare a program of study? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the program director.

About Our Graduate Programs

Delivery: 100% online
Application Deadlines:

  • Fall 2021: Aug. 23, 2021
  • Spring 2022: Jan. 11, 2022
  • Summer 2022: May 24, 2022

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