What Are You Inspired to Do?

Differentiated Instruction

The Differentiated Instruction graduate program prepares educators to meet the diverse learning needs of all students, including those who are at risk of not reaching their educational and personal potential.

The Differentiated Instruction graduate program is:

  • 100% Online
  • Accepted by 49/50 state departments of education (Alabama remains non-commital)
  • NCATE and CAEP accredited

Differentiated Instruction online students/graduates attend from California to Virginia, Wyoming to Texas and three different countries.

The Differentiated Instruction program prepares educators to:

  • Develop and expand professional commitment and competence to promote increased student performance.
  • Understand socioeconomic, cultural and other impacts that affect teaching, learning and student achievement.
  • Appreciate the benefits of collaboration with peers, administrators, parents and community partners in maintaining accountability for student performance.
  • Gain self-awareness of values and ethics that guide responsible and responsive classroom instruction.
  • Develop skills in differentiated instruction, reflection and assessment to ensure the success of all students.

Upon completion of this master's program, Wisconsin teachers will also qualify for an Alternative Education License (WI 952), which allows a person who already holds a Wisconsin teaching license to teach in alternative education programs in grades 6-12.

Teacher Education Department – Graduate Programs

Differentiated Instruction The mission of the Differentiated Instruction Program is to acknowledge the uniqueness in each child by providing candidates with the knowledge necessary to differentiate instruction and address the mismatch between the needs of children and the instruction and school services provided. The DIAL Program believes the family, the community and the larger society is best served when each child’s potential within the parameters of the school system is naturally and affirmatively developed.

Program Outcomes:

After completion of this program, candidates will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the teaching standards, including the knowledge, skills and disposition expected of a professional teacher. The candidate is able to accurately describe, assess and reflect on practice as it pertains to their development as a teacher. The candidate makes a commitment to engage in ongoing professional development as a master degree student that focuses on both teaching strategies and learner outcomes.
  2. Design instruction effectively using a variety of instructional strategies and adapting instruction to encourage the development of critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills of all students. The candidate continually assesses for student learning and reflects on the instruction to improve future teaching and learning experiences.
  3. Identify educational questions or problems, review the literature, plan a research strategy, collect and analyze data, take action based on results and share their findings.
  4. Designs and implements appropriate assessments (both formal and informal) and analyses assessment data to inform instruction as well as documenting student work and performance to give timely feedback and promote learning.
  5. Demonstrate how he/she has engaged in collaboration with parents, family members, professional colleagues, and community members to promote effective teaching and student learning.

Degree requirements

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of the coursework or its equivalent with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
  • Grades below C (2.00) are not counted toward meeting degree requirements.
  • Successful completion of all three program gates.
  • Submit an application for degree completion.

30 credits as follows:

TDE 612 Action Research in Education, 3 cr.

TDE 615 Technology in Today's Classroom, 3 cr.

TDE 616 Perspectives in American Education, 3 cr.

TDE 618 Advanced Educational Psychology, 3 cr.

TDE 628 Classroom Strategies and Practices, 3 cr.

TDE 636 Understanding Alternative and Nontraditional Learners, 3 cr.

TDE 638 Effective Schools Research: What Works, 3 cr.

TDE 645 Differentiated Instruction and Response to Intervention, 3 cr.

TDE 658 Analyzing Student Achievement in Diverse Learning Contexts, 3 cr.

We cater to teachers who want to be professionals in every sense of the word. Our program builds not only thorough expertise, but the confidence that comes with it. Once you graduate you will be a member of Differentiated Instruction forever--because what you will learn sticks.

What students and graduates are saying about the Differentiated Instruction MAE Program:

This program has changed me inside and out. I believe it will make me a better teacher, a better mother, and a better person.
-Alisa Jeske, Differentiated Instruction graduate (2011)

The big draw about the Differentiated Instruction program for me was to be grouped with other professionals that were hopeful about making a difference in students who struggle with school. I wanted something that applied to what I was doing now! The Differentiated Instruction program was right on target all the way through.
-Shannon Blackmore, Differentiated Instruction graduate (2011), Wyoming

As a graduate of the Differentiated Instruction Master’s in Education program at Marian University I feel competent to work with all students. The program was rigorous and relevant. I always felt challenged and inspired by what I was learning
-Laura Lindberg, Differentiated Instruction graduate (2010), Wisconsin

I would, and have, recommended this program to anyone willing to listen to me rave about it.
-Rocky Mondello, Differentiated Instruction graduate, Waupaca Middle School Panther Academy teacher and coach

The online format also made it possible for a full-time teacher, wife, and mother of two busy teenagers to complete a goal long overdue. Thank you to all that made this possible!

Not only was it a very valuable learning experience for me but, finally! - a program that was pertinent to my area of instruction. Throughout the entire experience I felt very supported, even more so than in many of my direct-instruction college and post-baccalaureate courses.
-Jennifer Evans, Differentiated Instruction graduate (2011), Milwaukee, Wis.

Frankly, I feel closer to some of the professors I met online in this program than to those with whom I have worked in a traditional university setting. As a graduate of the Differentiated Instruction program, I am not alone, but part of a movement to help kids reach their potential.

Marian University is so serious about this program, that I was elected from the student body to serve on the committee to choose a new Dean for the School of Education, even though I had only spent two days on campus. I was also given a Graduate Merit Scholarship after my first course, based on my academic achievement. Highly unusual in most online programs, but Marian extends the same opportunities to online learners as to the students in its campus program.
-Sid Vineburg, Differentiated Instruction graduate (2010), Green Bay, Wis.

I decided to jump head first into the 21st century and give it a try. I am sure glad that I did! The program provided all that was promised: library assistance, tech support, and quick responses from its instructors. It also provided flexibility for a full-time teacher to establish when and where learning was going to take place throughout the week. I was able to complete assignments and participate in discussion boards when my busy schedule allowed. That’s not to say that the program was easier than traditional programs; I was able to piece together a different schedule each week surrounding my teaching requirements and my course requirements. The program may actually be more difficult due to the constant discussion that took place 24-7 within each courseshell. Students were discussing various topics relating to our course readings and applications in today’s schools.

Most notably, I walked away from the Differentiated Instruction program with a greater sense of urgency in advocating for at-risk students, not only in my classroom but in my school. Researched-driven decision-making resonated throughout the program in regards towards children and education. The Differentiated Instruction program was taught by teachers whose passion is standing up for at-risk students and improving schools. In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience obtaining my master’s degree through the delivery of on-line instruction. It met and surpassed my number one priority: a degree that makes me a better educator impacting the lives of students.
-Eric Bartelme, Differentiated Instruction graduate (2010), 3rd grade teacher, Brandon, Wis.

I have learned a lot from this course and have truly been enlightened. I feel so blessed to be granted the opportunity of being included in this program. You have my my sincerest gratitude.
-Estrella Lorenzo, Differentiated Instruction graduate (2013), Baltimore, Md.

What the Differentiated Instruction Master of Arts in Education contributes to the field of education is important for educators and the lives they touch. Don't let anyone ever change the Differentiated Instruction program!
-Debra Lins, Alternative Education License (2012), principal, Beaver Dam, Wis.


Fun Fact

Marian has three Greek organizations on campus (Source: Student Handbook, 2013-2014).

Campus Info

Marian University - Main Campus
45 S. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699

CALL: 1-800-2-MARIAN (1-800-262-7426)
EMAIL: admission@marianuniversity.edu  

All Locations