What is differentiated instruction and why is it important?
Differentiated instruction gives teachers the tools to address students’ particular readiness needs, their particular interests and their preferred ways of learning. There are two basic reasons why differentiated instruction is important. First, student populations are becoming increasingly diverse on a number of fronts including academics, and socioeconomic factors. Teachers need to be able to reach different students in different ways. There is not a “one size fits all” approach. Second, teachers need to work within today’s challenging  standards-based curriculum.

Why is Graceland University’s differentiated instruction masters unique?
Less than a handful of schools offer a Masters in Differentiated Instruction and we set ours apart by basing our DI degree on the works of world-renowned differentiated instruction expert Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson. Dr. Tomlinson, who appears as a video instructor in several of the program’s courses, is an expert in 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.

What else is unique?
Every Graceland masters program is designed by doctorally prepared professionals who have been in the classroom and understand the needs of teachers. Each course gives you information you can use in your classroom immediately. Our program won the USDLA Platinum Award for Best Practices!

What is covered in the program?
Differentiated instruction and assessment strategies covered in the master’s program include: pre-assessment of learning styles and preferences, monitoring and managing student learning, modifying lessons based on student readiness, tiered instruction, flexible grouping and authentic assessment. The program is open to all K – 12 teachers who are currently teaching. The program is video- and online-based and there are no residency requirements.

How long will it take?
The 10 course, 30 hour program can be completed in 20 months.

What else should I know?
Our online program gives you the flexibility to study when you have time. This allows you to keep up with your busy work and family schedule. We foster a collaborative atmosphere where you learn not only from the instructor but from your peers who will be from all over the country. Often, students will make life long friends to bounce off new ideas that have come into their districts. You also have access to the faculty for up to one year from graduation.


To learn more about how you can be a part of Graceland University, please contact:
Cathy Porter
1800-833-0524 extension 4716