About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is to develop exemplary teachers who engage in student-centered teaching practices, ethical behaviors, and the continuous study and improvement of learning and teaching.

At the undergraduate level, we are committed to providing relevant field-based teacher education and staff development programs in a way that integrates scientific, research supported, innovative teaching and assessment practices. Public School partners in this collaborative effort share a common ideal of improving the learning and achievement of all students.  We have adopted seven goals to help us realize an exemplary undergraduate teacher education program at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

1.  Recruit and retain substantial numbers of pre-service / in-service teachers.
2.  Build candidates’ scientific research based knowledge and skills through well-designed campus-based and field-based courses.
3.  Facilitate the initial job placements of program completers.
4.  Offer induction and mentoring programs for the first two years of fulltime             teaching.
5.  Refine the program using results about the professional practice of program         completers.
6.  Build teachers’ knowledge and skills through well-designed professional               growth offerings.
7.  Engage in responsive research into teacher effectiveness.

At the graduate level, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction holds as its central mission the study of curriculum and instructional design and its implementation at all levels of education. To realize a broad range of curricular aims and goals, the department engages in rigorous study of teaching and learning to enhance teaching effectiveness in five strands of emphasis:

  1. master’s and doctoral degree programs;
  2. active involvement in the public schools for mutually beneficial purposes, i.e., updating and enhancing skills of current teachers while allowing departmental faculty to remain current with public school trends and issues;
  3. offering doctoral programs that develop effective teacher educators, researchers, curriculum designers, and instructional coaches for public schools and other settings  through research and intensive study of learning paradigms and instructional strategies;
  4. promoting within faculty and students rigorous scholarship as they participate in basic and applied research, educational program development, and implementation and dissemination of knowledge in enlightening and utilitarian ways; and,
  5. providing courses to support teaching certification at the graduate level. (See online Graduate Catalog-AM TRAC)