The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate teacher certification programs. Our undergraduate programs encompass elementary grades EC-6, middle school grades 4-8, bilingual and special education. Secondary education (grades 7-12) is a collaboration between our department and the department of your chosen content area. Our fully online MED/MA/MS programs in curriculum and instruction, early childhood education, reading, or secondary education help to prepare you to teach in your content area. We also offer a doctorate in supervision, curriculum and instruction with a multitude of concentrations to help focus your passion.
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Choose from ECE-6 Generalist, ECE-6 Bilingual Generalist, or ECE-6 Special Education
Develop in-depth understanding of multicultural learning environments and learn to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students with our interdisciplinary studies bachelor's degree program. If you seek to become a bilingual teacher, who provides instruction in both Spanish and English, this program requires Spanish literacy. If you seek to become an ESL teacher, who provides instruction in English, you do not need foreign language literacy.
Our bachelor's degree with middle school certification offers a number of specialties, allowing you to concentrate on specific interests. Learn to design engaging lessons, develop curriculum for diverse students and foster an inclusive learning environment.
The major in early childhood education prepares graduates for careers in both public and private educational settings in which the primary focus is young children. A graduate with a major in early childhood education should possess competencies in the knowledge of physiological and psychological development of children birth through fourth grade, curriculum theory and development, effective instructional strategies for young children, and the administration and management of classrooms and facilities for young children.
This degree involves 18 hours of study in the major and 18 hours of electives which allows students to take additional courses in the major, focus on an area of interest, or qualify to teach high school dual credit classes or at the community college level.
The major in reading prepares graduates for careers in both public and private educational settings in which the primary focus is to address the needs of students in the context of reading
Students who are interested in developing depth and breadth of expertise in curriculum and instructional leadership at the secondary school level should choose the major in secondary education. The secondary education curriculum will equip graduates with proficiency in designing and conducting action research to improve classroom and school practices, the design, implementation and evaluation of secondary school curriculum, the selection of teaching models to address the learning and achievement of secondary school students and the selection and design of curriculum and instruction reflecting philosophical systems in the middle school and high school environments.
This degree prepares graduate students for careers in K-12 public and private schools, regional educational training facilities, college and university settings, and research and development centers. A graduate with the Doctor of Education degree should possess competencies in research methods, statistics, curriculum, instructional design, learning, instructional strategies and effective teaching.
Become specialized in bilingual education. You’ll the foundation of bilingual/ESL education and how to assess, create and deliver specialized content for bilingual students. It is highly recommended for you to know Spanish.
This certificate is ideal for students who either already hold a completed graduate degree or are actively in the process of earning a graduate degree and wish to earn this certificate in conjunction with their degree. In addition to the enhanced professional status that the Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) brings, this Certificate will enable the holder to meet the 18-hour SACS requirement to teach at the College level.
Reading specialists work alongside K-12 educators and often provide one-on-one instruction for students struggling with reading and writing comprehension. You'll develop individualized plans for addressing students’ reading difficulties. Offered as part of the master's in reading program, you can earn your certification in no time.
This certificate focus on helping you prepared to design, develop and evaluate STEM resources in or outside the classroom.
This certificate will prepare professionals to train and empower educator leaders to support and guide their colleagues in effective instruction within the classroom.
We strive to create a community where you feel empowered to learn and grow. Explore personal development opportunities outside of the classroom.
Our faculty are actively involved in several organizations you can participate in as a curriculum and instruction student.
Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) strives to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. This includes informing future educators of current economic, social, political and educational issues so that they may participate effectively in a world society.
The Beta Lambda Commerce Collegiate Chapter is part of Beta Lambda, the local chapter of DKG. Our collegiate chapter is made up of college students who are in their junior or senior year and are working toward an education degree. The chapter participates in the activities of Beta Lambda and holds special collegiate events. Members are eligible for scholarships at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Membership enables students to network and receive mentoring from local educators who are currently working in local schools or who are retired.
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As a member of the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE), you will learn the importance of service, leadership, and strong character, which will assist you in becoming an effective future educator.
Please contact [email protected] for more information about TAFE.
As a curriculum and instruction studies student, you have access to a wide range of scholarships specific to your degree.
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Meet our Department
Becky Adams, M.Ed. Instructor/Coordinator Education/Teaching Certification, EC-6th and 4th-8th
Michele Anderson, M.A. Clinical Instructor
David Brown, Ph.D. Professor
Ana Castillo, M.Ed. Clinical Instructor
Kamshia Childs, Ed.D. Assistant Professor
Sherri Colby, Ph.D. Professor
Amy Corp, Ed.D. Associate Professor
Kathryn Dixon, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Tomas Espinosa, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
Kay Hong-Nam, Ph.D. Professor/Coordinator of Global Frontier
Janet Kimbriel, Ed.D Clinical Instructor
Melanie Loewenstein, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Masters Reading Program Co-Coordinator
Shannon Manley, Ed.D. Clinical Instructor and East Texas Center Coordinator
Donna McCrary, Ph.D. Professor
Joyce E. Miller, Ph.D. Professor and Program Coordinator
Karyn Miller, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Doctoral Co-Coordinator
Julie Mills, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Secondary Center Coordinator
Lindsay Morgan, Ed.D. Clinical Instructor
Tami Morton, Ph.D. Assistant Department Head and Professor
Gilbert “Gil” Naizer, Ph.D. Professor, Doctoral Co-Coordinator
Julia Persky, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
Carol Revelle, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Master's Reading Program Co-Coordinator and Director of National Writing Project of Northeast Texas
Becky Sinclair, Ph.D. Professor
Laura Slay, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
Clay Stanfield, MAT, M.S. LeoTeach STEM Director
Bonnie Still, Ed.D. Assistant Professional Track
Josh Thompson, Ph.D. Professor of Early Childhood Education
Karen Walker, Ed.D. Assistant Professor
Susan Williams, Ed.D. Senior Administrative Coordinator I