Master Certificate Course in

Curriculum and Instructional Design

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The course aims at giving participants a theoretical and practical insight into the principles that guide curriculum development and instructional design. Emphasis will be put on methods of determining curriculum priorities, objectives, scope and sequence, and organizational patterns. The course also creates a link between institutional vision, curriculum development, planning, pedagogical practices and assessment, and prepares participants to make decisions about best practices that should be implemented in the classroom as part of the teaching and learning processes. The course also focuses on key contemporary teaching methods and other innovative skills that are necessary to engage 21st century learners. Finally, it brings together the elements that play a fundamental role in bringing educational reforms to institutions. This course is practical in nature, with participants given an opportunity to simulate teaching before peers by applying the concepts learned through the course.

Course Format

  • 8 weeks live online classes to meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays (recordings will be available)
  • Class discussions
  • Weekly individual and group assignments
  • Students’ groups will work on Microteaching

Course Objectives: Participants will…

  • examine aspects of curriculum design
  • demonstrate knowledge of curriculum design through curriculum mapping
  • consider innovative teaching methods for 21st century learners
  • discuss the importance of assessment as a tool for curriculum reforms
  • inspect lesson planning models
  • consider classroom management as an ally of effective teaching
  • determine the importance of teachers as agents of change
  • examine lesson planning models
  • practice microteaching to analyze teaching practices

Training Structure: Training will include…

Number of modules: 8
Duration of each module: 3 hours per week (1.5 hours, twice a week)
Duration of course: 24 hours (3 hours per week for 8 weeks)
Teaching Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Module Topics

3.00-4.30 pm
3.00 – 4.30 pm
1Conceptualizing a curriculumDefining a curriculumCurriculum approaches
2Curriculum components and designLink between institutional vision, goals, objectives and SLOsCurriculum design and mapping
3Innovative Instructional methodsActive Learning StrategiesTransformation in pedagogy: The new normal
4Assessment in educationTypes of assessmentMaking valid and reliable assessments
5Lesson planning & Classroom managementLesson planningClassroom management
6Teachers as agents of change in 21st centuryTeachers as reflective and critical thinkersContinuous  professional development
7Simulation in teachingSimulation in TeachingPracticing lesson planning
8Microteaching PresentationsLesson presentationsLesson presentation

Offline Study & Project Implementation

  • One hour of offline study per week for Modules 1-6
  • Two hours of offline group work for Modules 7-8


Course Instructor: Dr Fatima Rehan Dar

Dr Fatima Rehan Dar is a senior educational professional with more than 26 years of hard-core national and international experience in academia and the developmental sector. Dr. Dar has a PhD in Education from the School of Education and Cognitive Sciences, Asia e University, Malaysia. She also has an MA in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University (USA) and an MA in English Language and Literature from Government College University, Lahore.

Her areas of work include educational reforms, curriculum and teacher development, professional trainings and research. At present she is the CEO of Oak Consulting which provides consultancy services in the fields of teacher development and research, curriculum and materials development, educational reforms, monitoring and evaluation, corporate leadership, people’s management skills, and language development.

Dr Dar was instrumental in establishing Centre for Teaching Excellence and Learning Innovation (CTELI), Centre for English Language and Institute for Global Cooperation and Outreach (IGCO) at Iqra University, Karachi. In her capacity as Director, CTELI and IGCO she had been responsible for professional development of university faculty, ushering in innovative trends in higher education curriculum, creating academic linkages at national and international academic forums, and looking after English and foreign language programs. She has also served as Head of Monitoring and Evaluation for Sindh Capacity Development Program, a project supported by USAID. Her role was to monitor and evaluate the educational interventions done by USAID with the support of Sindh School and Literacy Department in seven major districts of Sindh province.  She also worked as Head of Education Department at Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), Karachi where she looked after the MS and PhD programs in Educational Leadership and Management.

Dr. Fatima Dar has served as a Teacher Educator and faculty with various other organizations including Ali Institute of Education, Lahore, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Virtual University, Lahore, and Institute of Business Management (IoBM), Karachi and. She has also worked in the capacity of Lead Education Consultant/Advisor for the development sector that includes organizations like Society for the Advancement of Education (SAHE), ESRA-USAID, Adam-Smith International, Mckinsey, DFID and World Bank. She has also worked on a number of teacher development, curriculum and materials development projects all over Pakistan. She is also a national advisory member of curriculum committees, various education and editorial boards.

Dr Dar also shares an international profile. She has had the honour of winning the Charles Wallace Trust visiting fellowship for the year 2000 to the Institute of Education, University of London. She has also been a visiting faculty at the Institute of Education, University of London and University of Warwick (UK). She has also presented papers on aspects of teacher education, curriculum development and English Education both nationally and internationally. Her publications, both national and international, also discuss the current issues and aspects related to the field of English language education and curriculum & teacher development.

Course Materials

  • All materials will be provided in electronic format, including research articles, templates and power point presentations
  • Class recordings will be available within 24 hours of each course session.
  • A private Facebook group will be created for registered participants.
  • A link to join the group will be sent with registration confirmation.
  • This group will serve to connect with classmates and trainers for discussion and questions.