The Department of Curriculum & Instruction believes in addressing critical issues of learning, teaching and social justice at global and local levels. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranking us 7th in the nation. The department emphasizes preparation and continuing professional development of early childhood, elementary and secondary teachers and teacher educators. Faculty and students are committed to seeking deep interconnections among theory, research, and practice. One of the key strengths of our department is the selection of our academic offerings--all designed to prepare undergraduate and graduate students to take on the challenges of education for students of today and tomorrow. Students can grow in their profession by developing new skills and by gaining in-depth knowledge on research that matters.
We focus on the ways people teach & learn. The department cultivates outstanding educators interested in pursuing research, improving their teaching & enhancing their career. Our students are excellent teachers who become leaders in their fields and are highly recruited. Curriculum, Aesthetics and Teacher Education Students focus on one or more primary areas: curriculum, aesthetics, & teacher education. Students & faculty share interests & commitments to interdisciplinary, integrated approaches rather than one disciplinary focus. Digital Environments for Learning, Teaching and Agency Students seek to investigate and formalize theories, principles, and practices that focus on learning and teaching in digital environments, ranging from technology-enhanced classrooms to mobile devices to immersive virtual worlds. Language and Literacy Students explore both the broad issues facing language & literacy education through coursework and independent research. Students can focus on Bilingual/ESL education, Writing Studies, Early to Secondary Literacy, or Children's Literature. Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education Students raise and address vital questions about mathematics, science and engineering education. The MSE faculty support and encourage a wide variety of perspectives and research methodologies.