Online MEd Program in Differentiated Instruction

Graceland University is proud to offer an online MEd program in Differentiated Instruction based on the work of Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson. Dr. Tomlinson, who appears as a video instructor in several of the program’s courses, is a world-renowned expert in differentiated instruction and assessment strategies and techniques.

Dr. Tomlinson is author of "The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners," "How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms," and "Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom: Strategies and Tools for Responsive Teaching." This program has six start dates throughout the year.

Also featured in the differentiated instruction online program is Dr. William Glasser, author of several books on education, including, "Choice Theory," "The Quality School Teacher" and "Every Student Can Succeed." Dr. Glasser’s educational approach fosters instructional approaches, like differentiated instruction examples that meet student’s individual needs and strengths.

This is the first online MEd program to combine the ideas of Tomlinson's differentiated instruction and Glasser's concepts into a comprehensive course of study, which helps teachers meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population within the context of today’s challenging standards-based curriculum.

Strategies for differentiated instruction covered in the online MEd program include pre-assessment of learning styles and preferences, monitoring and managing student learning, modifying lessons based on student readiness, tiered instruction, and flexible grouping and authentic assessment. The program is open to all certificated K–12 teachers who are currently teaching. The online MEd program is video- and online-based, and there are no residency requirements.


Debbie Leialoha, PhDA word from our Differentiated Instruction (DI) Lead Instructor, Debbi Leialoha, PhD, Program Chair MEd Differentiated Instruction Emphasis

Creating and facilitating delivery of our online education programs has been my major focus during my sojourn at Graceland University. I arrived at Graceland after being a K-12 educator in both special and general education settings for 24 years. As Program Chair of the Differentiated Instruction (DI) emphasis, it is exciting to meet a cross section of our nation’s teachers and have the opportunity to interface with their practice. I can well remember the struggles I experienced having a wide range of students with varied abilities and interests. It was challenging to meet the learning needs of all my students. (Read More)


Online MED Program Benefits

  • Convenient – Study at home or school.
  • Affordable – Priced to fit an educator’s budget.
  • Valuable – Use this fully-accredited degree for career advancement.
  • Enjoyable – View video (DVD) of master teachers applying course content in real classrooms.
  • Rewarding – Apply what you have learned to help all your students succeed.
  • Collaborative – Share the excitement of learning with your faculty mentor and colleagues.

Online MEd Program Delivery

During a two-year period, a cohort of teachers will participate in 30 semester hours of continuously sequenced coursework.

Courses are listed below. Choose the Course Descriptions link in the left column to view complete descriptions for all courses.

Online MEd Program Coursework

Questions? Contact us at: 

Jeanette Calipetro, MEd,
Admissions Representative
Graceland University
1401 W. Truman Rd.
Independence, MO 64050

816.423.4716 (local)
800.833.0524, ext. 4716 (toll-free)

jcali1@graceland.edu

Differentiated Instruction

EDUC5130 Introduction to Choice Theory: Teaching Students Responsible Behavior 3 s.h.
EDUC5270 Classoom Management: Dealing with Discipline Problems 3 s.h.
EDUC5300 Gaining Parental Support: Building Home-School Relationships 3 s.h.
EDUC5500 Making Learning Meaningful: Every Student Can Succeed 3 s.h.
EDUC5660 Introduction to Differentiation: Applying Learner-Centered Instruction 3 s.h.
EDUC5670 Differentiated Instructional Strategies: Meeting the Diverse Needs of Learners 3 s.h.
EDUC5680 Differentiated Assessment Strategies: Identifying Learners' Strengths and Needs 3 s.h.
EDUC5690 Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom: Instructional Strategies for All Students 3 s.h.
EDUC6100 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research 3 s.h.
EDUC6110 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research Practicum 3 s.h.

Our online MEd program has multiple start dates per year. Please contact our School of
Education Admissions Representative for tuition and application deadline dates.
Group rates are also available.