EDU 553 for elementary curriculum at grades K-8 will introduce the student to the content knowledge, performance competencies, implementation strategies, and evaluation criteria needed by school administrators. This course is designed to provide the student with current Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) informational guidelines relative to the leadership of a quality curriculum needed for state accreditation. Administrative functions and responsibilities surrounding instructional curriculum; as well as horizontal and vertical alignment issues and their relation to student achievement will also be discussed.