Masters in Education Online - Differentiated Instruction

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Online, In-Class or Blended?

Offered Online?
Classes meet entirely online.

Offered In-Class?
Classes meet face-to-face at our St. Paul campus or other off-campus location.

Offered Blended?
Course work is completed through a combination of in-class and online class meetings.

Differentiated Instruction

Course Length: 7 weeks
Total Credit Hours: 30
Cost Per Credit Hour: $368


The Master of Arts in Differentiated Instruction is designed to assist PK-12 teachers in the application of purposeful and dynamic strategies that empower each learner to access the full curriculum and achieve academic success in a complex learning environment.

This program is an accelerated 2 year cohort program. For the face-to-face format, you will meet one night a week from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and finish one 3 credit course every 7 weeks. An online format is available that does not require face to face meetings; however, a weekly one hour synchronous audio/visual chat is required. You will still complete one 3 credit course every 7 weeks.

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Educational Issues

A study of historical and contemporary issues in education.  Students explore the social and academic goals of education, the current conditions of the nation


Effective Practices in DI

An introduction to the study, exploration and application of effective practices for all classroom learners.  Focus is on classroom instruction blending of whole-class, group and individual instruction on the premise that instructional approaches are to be varied and adapted in relation to the diverse student needs in the classroom.


Inclusion: Effective Practices

Exploring and applying the values underlying inclusion, the foundations of successful inclusion, differentiating instruction and classroom management.


Collab in Inclusive Settings

A study of applied best practices for implementing and sustaining collaborative teaching in inclusive settings.  Areas of focus include skills for collaboration, co-teaching, inclusive school practices, team building, shared problem solving, interpersonal communication, conflict and controversy, and home-school communication.


App of DI in Gifted Education

This course is a study of the improvement of educational practices in relation to differentiated instruction with emphasis on gifted education.


Family Systems for Educators

Best practices for building strong family-school relationships; a survey of current developments in the study of the family and an analysis of changes in American society and their influence on family life.


Tchg Stdts w/Mental Hlth Needs

A study of classroom strategies, state and district initiatives and support resources that help children and youth with mental health needs learn successfully in the inclusive classroom setting.


DI Across Content

This course will focus on methods of instruction for diverse learners. Students will develop knowledge and skills for planning, implementing, coordinating and evaluating differentiated teaching and learning environments that challenge and assist diverse learners to achieve at their highest level of ability.


Educ Research & Applications

Mastering the systematic and rigorous process of posing a focused question, developing a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis, collecting and analyzing relevant data and drawing conclusions.


Research & Complete Capstone

A review and critical analysis of current educational research focused on a specific question. Students complete the capstone project.


1. Apply Online

2. The $50 Application Fee (non-refundable) should be payable to Concordia University by check, money order or pay online. Please allow 2-3 business days for online payment processing.

3. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.

4. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).

Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

5. Submit a current, professional resume.

Technology Requirements
Students enrolling in a graduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University's technology requirements. Contact Concordia's Help Desk at or 651-641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

Concordia University Technology Requirements (PDF)