Curriculum and Instruction programs enrich understanding of the histories and foundations of knowledge, inquiry, learning, and pedagogy in teaching and research in subject areas. This program has two distinct program areas: Literacy Studies and Math & Science Education. Meet the Literacy Studies faculty and the Math & Science faculty.

The Master’s programs are designed to support teachers interested in developing greater understanding and expertise in teaching and learning in their subject areas. You will explore theories informing teaching and learning, the complexities of classroom contexts, and equitable, student-centered practices of teaching. 

The PhD program is a full-time, research-oriented degree program that prepares students for teaching and research in Literacy Studies, Math & Science, or Research on Teaching and Teacher Education. The program focuses particularly on teaching and learning in K-12 and higher education, developing knowledge of theories that inform scholarship within and across disciplines, (e.g., cognitive, sociocultural, critical), and research methodology. 

We partner with local school districts. Learn more about Partners in Education, a program for early career teachers.

What can you do with a degree in Curriculum & Instruction?

Our graduates work for, as, and with teachers and educators. They explore theories informing teaching and learning, the complexities of classroom contexts, and equitable, student-centered practices of teaching. With a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, you will be prepared for a career in research and teaching in university settings, educational leadership and services to schools, or research and development in private or non-profit organizations.