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Curriculum mapping is the practice of representing the connections between individual core courses and the desired outcomes of a department’s curriculum. By identifying these connections, you (whether you are a teacher or program director) can better understand how individual classes fit into and support the larger curriculum, plan programmatic assessment initiatives, and support students as they transition into professionals within their fields.

Curriculum maps list specific learning outcomes or desired skills that students should develop, and then mark which courses within a curriculum introduce, develop, or assess those outcomes/skills. Some curriculum maps make use of the hierarchical language from Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy to increase the transparency of expectations for students and instructors.

Learn more about curriculum mapping and view example maps from New York University.