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Curriculum and Instruction

Initial Programs

The programs in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, using the conceptual framework, prepare teachers for teaching and learning , which integrates general content, professional, and pedagogical knowledge to create meaningful learning experiences for all students.

The elementary education program is designed to prepare teachers for students in grades 1-5. For certification as a teacher in elementary grades 1-5, the focus is on the areas of reading/language arts and mathematics.

The middle school program is designed to provide program concentrations for students who plan to become certified teachers in grades 4-8. For certification as a teacher in middle grades 4-8, the focus is on the areas of math and science.

The secondary education programs are designed to prepare teachers for grades 6-12 and K-12 in one or more of the following specialty areas:

  • Biology, Chemistry,Physics 
  • French, Spanish,
  • Social Studies, Mathematics 
  • English
  • Physical Education (K-12)
  • Music (K-12) vocal or instrumental 

Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Studies is an allied health care profession which use recreational activities and programming and leadership structures to develop, maintain, or rehabilitate a person's optimal functioning.

Advanced Programs

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
This program offers programs that provides professional training for teachers.  Students select a focus area from elementary education or secondary education. (See Graduate School Catalog)

Master of Education in Special Education
The department offers a master's degree designed to meet the needs for teachers of individuals with disabilities who practice the pedagogy of inclusion in a supportive academic and clinical environment. (See Graduate Catalog)

Doctor of Philosophy in Education
The program infuses traditional doctoral training on key issues in the field of special education with leadership training focusing on grantsmanship, publications, and university teaching. (See Graduate Catalog)

The programs in Curriculum and Instruction instill the professional competencies and self-confidence which students need to become functional professionals. Theoretical knowledge together with practical applications and guided reflections on these experiences are an integral part of the instructional process.


Initial Admission Requirements 
Students are admitted to the program of study after they have completed the Basic Freshman Studies Program. However, students should immediately meet with an advisor at the end of their second semester. Transfer students should meet with an advisor immediately upon admission. Failure to consult with academic advisors could jeopardize timely progress through the program of study. Candidates must possess a 2.2 GPA and pass PRAXIS I or have a 22 on the ACT or 1030 on SAT (verbal/math) before entering core courses in the college of Education. Freshman students should take CRIN 205 seminar in Education as an introductory course to the college. Candidates must pass all parts of PRAXIS, complete 180 hours of field experiences and possess a 2.5 GPA before entering student teaching.

Advanced Admission Requirements (See Graduate Catalog)