Curriculum Development
Course Outline

Course Fee: $90
ACF Approved CEH: 15 Hours
Subject Area: Culinary Education
Course Approved by: The American Culinary Federation
Instructor: Amber Johnson

The fee for this course includes access to all online course materials and an official certificate of completion from Once your course is completed, your course completion will be authenticated, and a certificate of completion will be generated. This official certificate of completion will be uploaded to your account, and available through the course dashboard for this course.

Introduction/Course Description:

Often times, the theoretical nature of this area of study can make the subject matter feel a bit heavy. We will present you with material that "breathes" by way of its applicability to the curriculum you are developing or teaching at your school or college. To shake off the feeling of being talked at (or even worse, lectured to), we have included many projects for hands-on application. After all, this is where the learning and usefulness of the presented material will benefit you most.

Course Objectives/Program Outline

Module One-Defining Curriculum

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the meaning of curriculum in a traditional, vocational, and contextual sense.
  • Identify how career and technical education curriculum has changed over time.
  • Describe the role of contemporary curriculum developers.

Quiz: Multiple-choice questions that pertain to objectives above.

Module Two-Needs and Research Guidanc

Learning Objectives:

  • Define and implement scenario planning for curriculum development.
  • Formulate researched information about curriculum needs within your school or college.
  • Introduce the process of sampling and identify various ways to select a sample.
  • Identify groups that may be used for the best feedback to your curriculum questions.
  • Understand why standards are necessary and important in the decision making process.

Project 1: Create a Survey
Quiz: Multiple-choice questions that pertain to objectives above.

Module Three-Essentials of Objective Creation

Learning Objectives:

  • Define outcomes, goals, and objectives and how they are placed in relation to one another.
  • Illustrate how national, state, and local communities develop goals for vocational education.
  • Illustrate process of goal and objective formation for consistency and coherency.
  • Explain the various factors that influence the order of objectives and methods that are commonly used.

Project 2: Competencies and Objectives
Quiz: Multiple-choice questions that pertain to objectives above.

Module Four-Finding and Developing Materials

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the kind of curriculum materials that are available to you.
  • Methodically select materials for classroom use.
  • Determine what curriculum should be created.
  • Manage the development process of new curriculum materials.

Project 3: Finding and Developing Materials
Quiz: Multiple-choice questions that pertain to objectives above.

Final Exam

Multiple choice questions taken from each module

Final Learning Statement

Learning statements should be in a narrative format – as opposed to an outline format. Depending on individual writing styles Learning statements should be 2-3 pages. The learning statement can vary according to individual style. Your learning statement should answer the broad question of "what did you learn?". To help get you thinking, here are some suggested questions:

  • What are the major concepts of the course that you have learned?
  • What new professional language have you acquired relating to the topic?
  • What teaching techniques for implementing new strategies in the classroom did you come away with?
  • Thinking back to your project reflections, were you surprised at the outcomes?
  • What new resources did you find in the study of the content?
  • As an educator, what new concepts will you now integrate into your teaching?
  • Are there any ideas that presented themselves as enlightening and useful?

Requirements for Course Certificate of Completion

The following are the general course requirements for issuing a certificate of completion for this course:

  • Student must receive 80% or better on each module quiz as well as the final exam
  • Student must complete all course projects as outlined within the course
  • Student must complete a Final Learning Statement at the end of this course

Not Currently Teaching/Summer Option

If you are not currently teaching (ie. Summer break, you are a substitute teacher, etc.), each class offers you the ability to complete coursework independent of a classroom assignment.