Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development


With the current state of the economy and job market in the United States, it is imperative that students are college and workforce ready when they complete their public school education. Standards- based education provides solid foundation for educators to plan learning experiences that build from the prekindergarten to grade twelve. Standards-based education is widely accepted and utilized as we prepare today's' students' for success when facing tomorrow's challenges.

As politicians, administrators, educators and parents work closely to ensure that the public education is equipped to meet the demands of the twenty first century, new and improved standards have been developed to challenge and extend what is currently in place. Through this collective thought process the new Common Core Learning standards were created and are now being adopted by states across the continent. These standards represent great hope for American youth, but also expose some of the gaps and challenges that exist in moving towards a higher level educational system.

The upcoming unit plan was designed to implement the new standards through the social studies content area. The curriculum addresses the standards and gaps through material analysis, instructional strategies and the differentiation process. Considering all factors to be a part of the whole, it moves us towards comprehensive planning that encompasses multiple facets for achieving the ultimate goal of college and workforce readiness.