What is Expanded Core Curriculum? - Definition, Purpose & Goals

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

As a teacher who works with students who have visual impairments, you will probably be thinking about the expanded core curriculum. This lesson defines the curriculum as well as its purposes and goals.

Why Curriculum Matters

As a teacher of students with visual impairments, or disabilities that impact their sight and capacity to process visual information, Bella knows how important it is to work with a solid curriculum. Of course, Bella pays attention to her students and their individual needs and learning styles each day, but she also knows that she needs a backbone, or a sense of the overall standards she is working toward with most of her students.

Bella knows that in recent years, many general education teachers have been aligning their teaching to the Common Core State Standards, a set of standards that define what each student should learn in the major subject areas by the time they exit a particular grade level.

Working with students who have visual impairments, Bella also pays attention to these standards. She knows, though, that these are not enough for her students. Bella is glad she also knows about the expanded core curriculum for students with visual impairments.

Defining the Expanded Core Curriculum

The expanded core curriculum defines the concepts and skills that students with visual impairments need access to because of their disabilities. Bella understands that when she teaches her students, she is not only teaching them academic content. She is also teaching them how to function independently and safely in the world, and to make efficient use of the senses they have.

The expanded core curriculum focuses on teaching students compensatory skills, or things they can do to compensate for their limited or lack in sight when working towards a goal. The curriculum includes components for the following skill sets:

  • Functional Academic Skills

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