Post-Master's Differentiated Instruction Certificate

Graceland University in Independence, Missouri, is proud to offer a master's-level online teaching certificate program in differentiated instruction. This post-master's program in Missouri consists of 15 credit hours based on the philosophy and theories of Dr. Carol Tomlinson. Addressing the issue of response to intervention (RTI), this program provides a thorough introduction to differentiated instruction.

Topics that will be covered:

  • identifying learning styles and preferences
  • designing more dynamic and engaging lessons and units
  • challenging all students at appropriate levels
  • developing ongoing, authentic assessment techniques
  • utilizing differentiated instruction to benefit both general and special education students

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."

Program Delivery

The online teaching certification program provides meaningful course of study regardless of subject area certification and is open to all licensed K-12 teachers who are currently teaching.

Courses and admission requirements are listed below. Choose the Course Descriptions link on this page to view complete descriptions of all courses.

Post-Baccalaureate Differentiated Instruction Certificate

Students desiring a post-baccalaureate certificate in Differentiated Instruction must complete 15 semester hours of coursework as prescribed below:

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.
EDUC5700 Differentiation and Literacy 3 s.h.


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

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