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Course Curriculum Template

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Check out this article to discover what's included in a course curriculum template. You'll also find a sample template along with resources you can use to help develop your curriculum.

Elements of a Curriculum Template

Curriculum templates are useful tools that allow you to plan out the topics you're going to teach over the school year or semester. These templates should include the educational standards you're basing your instruction on, expectations for student learning, specific information about instructional units, and strategies for assessing student progress. Your template might break this information down into the following sections:

Standard or Objective

All curriculum templates include learning objectives. These can be drawn from Common Core Standards or reflect the educational standards used by your school district. You'll be using these standards to guide your in-class instruction, so make sure they're clear and easy to understand.

Goals and Expectations

The goals you include in your template will vary depending on the subject you teach and the age of your students. However, these goals outline the behaviors students need to demonstrate in order to meet the learning objectives or standards you've set for the course. They might involve being able to correctly answer questions about a specific historical period, properly spell a certain number of words, or accurately complete a series of math problems.

Curriculum Units and Materials

You should also break the school year down into educational units. Give each unit a title, record how much time you intend to spend on it, and go over what you expect your students to learn. You can also record what materials (textbooks, extra handouts, online tools) you plan to use for each unit.

Assessments

To make sure your curriculum is effective, you'll need to measure student achievement in relation to the objectives and goals set up for your class. Include information about what kinds of assessments you're going to use throughout the year - whether they be chapter quizzes, student projects, or final exams - so you're prepared to check out what your students are learning.

Example of a Curriculum Template

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Resources for Curriculum Development

You can research tips for creating your curriculum before you get started. Study.com offers a Curriculum Development for Teachers course that can help you review the steps in the curriculum planning and development processes, the different types of curricula, strategies for selecting learning goals, and tips for choosing the right assessments. You'll be able to watch the video lessons in this course whenever you like, and you can work through the quizzes at your own pace. You can even contact educational experts if you have any questions about what you're studying.

Study.com also offers courses aligned with the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and math in different grade levels. You can research what your class should cover and use this information to guide the creation of your curriculum. These Lesson Plan Courses also include resources that can be used to teach subjects ranging from history and political science to math and biology.

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