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Introduction to Curriculum Development

How curriculum is developed:
Miami Dade College (MDC) is guided by its mission, vision, and values as well as state statutes and accreditation criteria of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in its development of curriculum.

How programs are developed:
Each discipline/school establishes a curriculum design committee, which is responsible for developing courses and/or programs in consultation with business/industry leaders to address specific community and regional needs/demands.

The role of the faculty regarding curriculum development:
MDC places primary responsibility for the content, quality, and effectiveness of the curriculum on the faculty.

Curriculum is faculty–driven and designed to meet the needs of our diverse student population and prepare them to be responsible global citizens and successful lifelong learners.

Develop a Program << click for more information <<

Program development is initiated by the faculty/discipline in response to community and industry needs. During the development process, faculty/discipline representatives are encouraged to contact the Office of Academic Programs (OAP) as a resource and to ensure compliance with all guidelines. Note: The process involves several steps that typically take several months for associate and certificate programs and a year or more for baccalaureate programs to complete. All proposals must be submitted in a timely manner in accordance to the curriculum approval process calendar (

Develop a Course << click for more information <<

Course development is initiated by the faculty/discipline in response to student and industry needs, to ensure that students are provided the appropriate and up-to-date skills to meet workforce demands.

Note: Course proposals must incorporate learning outcomes. All proposals must be submitted in a timely manner in accordance to the curriculum approval process calendar (

Delete (Terminate/Sunset) Program

Program Deletion might become necessary based on the MDC Program Review Process, other information concerning student needs, or on a State Department of Education (DOE) mandate. Examples of reasons for program inactivation include:

  • The program no longer meets a workforce need, as demonstrated by consistently low enrollments and placements.
  • The program no longer meets student needs (e.g., too long, wrong type of program, does not provide preparation, may have consistently low enrollments/completions, etc.). 
  • A program specialization track may also be inactivated for any of the above reasons or in order to streamline the program and increase program efficiency.
  • The program has been eliminated at the state level by the DOE.
  • The program has been eliminated or changed by accreditation agencies.

For Delete (Terminate/Sunset) Program instructions, go to: Curriculum Resources

Gordon Rule << click for more information <<

Gordon Rule is an assessment tool adopted by the Florida State Board of Education to measure student achievement in college–level communication and computation skills, other assessment requirements shall be met by successful completion of coursework in English and mathematics. For the purposes of this rule, a grade of "C" or higher in all coursework designated as Gordon Rule, shall be considered successful completion. For more information on Gordon Rule criteria please refer to the Gordon Rule website and/or the College Catalog.

CurricUNET << click for more information <<

CurricUNET is the college´s curriculum development tool used to create, modify, and delete course/program information.

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Need help? Contact us at 305.237.3138.

For CurricUNET Resources, go to: Curriculum Resources

CTD CurricUNET Courses 

Help Guides / Instructions << click for more information <<

For further assistance/resources please contact the OAP and/or view the below help guides in: Curriculum Resources.


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