Graduate Certificate in Curriculum Writing, Evaluation, and Development

Reimagine the Future of Learning

At GW, we believe that a well-crafted curriculum can be transformative, inspiring students to reach new heights of academic achievement and personal growth. Our new Graduate Certificate in Curriculum Writing, Evaluation, and Development (CWED) is meticulously crafted to equip you with the tools needed to create dynamic, engaging, and student-centered educational content.

Cultivate your ability to create inclusive, culturally responsive, and technologically advanced curricula that elevate learning outcomes for all students. Applying principles of human-centered design, students will learn to select and develop curriculum materials, with a special focus on ensuring materials are accessible, effective, and engaging. Additional key topics include intellectual property for curriculum developers and scalability.

Our program offers a balance of theory and hands-on practice, ensuring you gain the expertise needed to adapt to diverse educational settings and individual learner needs. You'll also gain skills in "end-to-end" curriculum project management and evaluation projects in K-12 schools, higher education, and informal learning environments.





Cutting-Edge Insights
Stay at the forefront of educational trends and research, leveraging the latest methodologies and strategies in curriculum development. Our unique program focuses on curriculum project skills most valued by employers.


Expert Faculty
Learn from esteemed educators and industry leaders who bring years of practical experience and innovative insights into the curriculum design process.




The GW Advantage

Benefit from our unique location in the heart of our nation’s capital and the University's access to leading national archives and libraries, diverse school settings, and major science, arts, humanities, and performance centers. GSEHD has built a strong reputation as a leader in the field through our work on high-profile curriculum development projects. We are proud of our extensive alumni and professional network of curriculum developers, of which students have access to for networking and professional development opportunities.




 Program at a Glance

Degree Awarded:

Graduate Certificate in Curriculum Writing, Evaluation, and Development


Curriculum & Pedagogy

Course Delivery:

Main Campus

Program Entry:

Spring, Fall

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower education professionals, working in a range of settings, with the knowledge, skills, and innovative mindset needed to excel as leaders in curriculum design and educational improvement. We are committed to fostering a dynamic learning community that embraces diversity, encourages critical thinking, and cultivates creativity.


The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits, including 9 credits in required courses and 3 credits in elective courses.

CPED 6305 Foundations of Curriculum Theory
CPED 6801 Curriculum Evaluation
CPED 6802 Curriculum Project Management
3 credits in elective courses selected in consultation with the program advisor.
Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Evaluate curriculum materials for formal and informal settings.
  • Select, design, and adapt materials based on instructor and learner feedback.
  • Plan and lead curriculum design and evaluation projects.
  • Create curriculum materials appropriate for learning objectives.

 Apply Now

GSEHD’s Office of Admissions invites you to apply for a spot in our program. Please review the following admission and financial information.

Ready to take the next step in your career? Review our step-by-step guide to applying to GSEHD >

To learn more about the program, admission process, and upcoming events, please connect with the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-9283.

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To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the online application form as well as the following required supporting documents. There is no application fee.

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree

  • Resume

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities

  • Interview with faculty

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants.

The deadline for Fall 2024 has passed, but applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. We encourage you to apply as early as possible. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Application Timeline Spring Fall
Priority Deadline Aug 1 Nov 1
Round 1 Deadline Sept 15 Dec 15
Round 2 Deadline Nov 1 Jan 16
Round 3 Deadline Dec 15 March 1
Round 4 Deadline N/A May 1
Round 5 Deadline N/A June 15


For more information or to inquire about the next admissions cycle, contact the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-9283.



 Tuition & Financial Aid


We know embarking upon graduate school is a big decision - due in part to the costs of attending. At GW, we understand the time and thought behind making graduate school work for you. Please take a moment to learn more about the options and opportunities available to help fund your graduate education.

Learn more about scholarships, grants & financial aid  

Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour, unless otherwise noted. Rates vary by program and location.

The tuition rate* for the Graduate Certificate in CWED program is $1,905 per credit hour.

This program requires 12 credits.

Please note: Additional fees may apply for international students, late fees, etc. Current tuition rates may be updated during the year.

*Fall 2024 and Spring 2025

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 Career Outlook

Careers in this field provide opportunities to make a meaningful impact on the educational landscape, contributing to the development of effective and impactful learning experiences for students and professionals alike. Positions largely revolve around creating well-structured and engaging learning experiences that promote student growth and achievement while supporting educators in delivering quality instruction.

Whether you're a seasoned educator seeking to enhance your curriculum design capabilities or a dedicated administrator aiming to strengthen your institution's curriculum framework, this program is tailored to meet your career goals. Aspiring curriculum developers, instructional coordinators, and educational consultants will also benefit from the comprehensive curriculum and expert guidance.

Career Opportunities
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  • Curriculum Writer/Developer: Design and create innovative and effective curricula for educational institutions or corporate training programs.
  • Curriculum Coordinator: Collaborate with teachers and administrators to maintain consistency and coherence in curriculum across educational institutions.
  • Curriculum Evaluator: Assess the effectiveness of curriculum and recommend improvements based on evaluation findings.
  • Curriculum Specialist: Design, implement, and improve educational curricula to ensure effective learning experiences for students and to meet specific educational objectives.
  • Education Consultant: Offer expert advice and guidance to schools, colleges, or educational organizations on curriculum improvement and evaluation strategies.

Potential Employment Settings
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  • Education/Curriculum companies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Museums
  • School systems



CWED Faculty

Dr. Brian Casemore

Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy

(202) 994-2011
Dr. Jonathan Eakle

Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy

(202) 994-6821
Dr. Jonathon Grooms

Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy; Co-Director, GWTeach

(202) 994-2007
Dr. Curtis Pyke

Department Chair and Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy

(202) 994-4516
Dr. Tiffany-Rose Sikorski

Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy



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