Master of Arts (MA)

Differentiated Instruction

MA under $15,500 • 2-Year Completion Time

Online 30 credit hours * 2 years

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The Master of Arts in Differentiated Instruction is designed for current educators (with at least 2 years of experience) who are interested in leading change and reform efforts in their educational settings. These educators are those looking for knowledge, skills, and dispositions to act as teacher-leaders in planning and implementing differentiated instructional improvements and curricular enhancements as they relate to all students.

Students will:

  • Think critically, creatively, and analytically in ways that promote meaningful teaching and learning experiences
  • Articulate learning theory, assess students’ needs and develop curriculum and instructional strategies to meet those needs
  • Master a variety of cognitive and learning theories, differentiation in the content areas, instructional technology across the curriculum, various instructional approaches and the importance of managing the differentiated learning environment using research-based instructional strategies and data-driven decision making

Master's Capstone Experience

The capstone experience for Differentiated Instruction is the last course, Seminar in Differentiated Instruction. As the capstone course, candidates will demonstrate differentiated teaching instruction in a field setting by designing a unit of study or block of instruction using differentiated strategies. Candidates will then teach the unit to students in an educational setting, analyze student learning gains, and reflect on their implementation of differentiated instruction. Candidates also will demonstrate their proficiency, knowledge and skills by integrating technology as a teaching and learning tool throughout the unit or block on instruction and its implementation.

Areas of Study

EDI 6010Differentiation and Learning Theory
SPED 6425Psychology and Methods of Teaching the Exceptional Learner
EDI 6020Curriculum and Instructional Development for the Differentiated Classroom
EDI 6030Instructional Methods of the Differentiated Classroom
EDI 6035Assessment of Student Learning
SPED 6365

Instructional Strategies for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disabilities

EDL 653o

Instructional Coaching and Mentoring

ESL 6350Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
EDT 6010Integrating Technology Across the Curriculum
EDI 6040Seminar in Differentiated Instruction
Total Credit Hours: 30

Tuition Guarantee

The special per credit hour cohort tuition is $495 for Differentiated Instruction Master’s. This rate is guaranteed not to increase over the life of the cohort. In addition, a technology fee of $17 per credit hour ($51 per 3 credit course) will be assessed for the purpose of supporting and enhancing student learning (Concordia e-mail, Blackboard, text notifications), and a $143 graduation fee. We reserve the right to offer different tuition rates, or change the prices of other programs.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum bachelor’s GPA of 2.85 for standard admission (if a student has an earned Master’s Degree of 3.00 or higher with a bachelor’s of less than a 2.85 they are still eligible for standard admission based on the MA 3.00).
  • Students may be granted probationary admission for one semester if they have a bachelor’s degree with an earned GPA of at least 2.25 through 2.84.
  • Objective Statement essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official sealed academic transcripts from institutions where degrees were earned
  • Copy of current Ohio teaching license

Once all materials are submitted and your file is complete, the following steps will be taken:

  1. Your file will be reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee.
  2. An admission decision will be reached immediately following the committee review, and you will be notified in writing within a few days.

NOTE: Admission to Concordia University Chicago depends on several factors, including: the cumulative GPA, program fit, professional experience, letters of recommendation, and an objective statement (critical writing sample). Students who do not have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.25 (on a 4.00 scale) will not be considered for admission.

Applicants may enroll in one semester of classes as a “pending” student awaiting an admission decision. Please note that participation and enrollment in the cohort does not guarantee admission to the University. Pending students who are denied admission will not be automatically withdrawn from the class, and will not receive a tuition refund. Pending students are not eligible for financial aid, therefore, please complete the admission process and submit official transcripts by the beginning of the semester for full admission to the graduate cohort program.

The Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services will send a letter upon receipt of your application, and non-refundable $60.00 application fee (includes 1-year Associate Membership in OAESA). If you have any questions regarding your admission status, please feel free to contact us at:

Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services
Phone: 708-209-4093
Fax: 708-209-3454

Other Contacts:
Cohort InformationGraduate Information Office800-946-9608
Payment PlanOffice of Student Business Services708-209-3237
Financial AssistanceOffice of Student Financial Planning708-209-3113
Online FAFSA formwww.fafsa.gov800-4-FED AID

NOTE: Those who intend to apply for financial aid should complete the financial aid process at the same time they apply for admission. Financial aid is available to admitted students (not pending/guest status) and is not retroactive.

This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.