This option builds on basic curriculum theory already covered at the undergraduate level and strengthens students’ understanding of the foundational principles in philosophy, psychology and sociology that undergird curriculum development. It examines ways in which the curriculum field has been reconceptualised and provides an in-depth study of curriculum change and implementation. A comparative study of various attempts at curriculum reforms both in the Caribbean and further afield demonstrates how curriculum decision making and policy can be informed by research. Evaluation theory and various approaches used in doing evaluations provide a sound preparation for graduates of this option to evaluate programmes. Students who do this option are encouraged to do graduate courses in their areas of specialisation in order to hone their skills and competencies as curriculum developers. The option targets those who foresee a career in curriculum development in Curriculum Units in the Ministries of Education, as lecturers in curriculum development at the tertiary level as well as practitioners in the private sector with jobs that require curriculum development skills.
This programme targets professionals involved in curriculum development at the international, regional, national, institutional, and classroom levels. It is designed to enable participants to explore issues relevant to curriculum development, implementation, institutionalization and evaluation with a view to developing skills in curriculum analysis and decision-making at various levels. Participants should be able to further their understanding of the curriculum innovation and change process with reference to significant curriculum reforms at the local, regional and international levels. This programme is offered both online and face-to-face.