Welcome to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) at UConn’s Neag School of Education offers outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs of study for both preservice and in-service educators. The primary focus of our faculty is the preparation of leaders to serve all levels of education.

EDCI is the primary department involved in the Neag School’s nationally recognized and ranked preservice teacher education program, the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s program (IB/M). According to U.S.News & World Report’s annual review, three of our core teacher education programs rank among the top 25 in the U.S.:

  • Special Education (No. 16)
  • Elementary Education (No. 19)
  • Secondary Education (No. 22)

Teacher Certification

With the exception of the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s program, our graduate programs in EDCI do not lead to a teaching credential. Individuals already holding an undergraduate degree and interested in a Connecticut teaching certificate should seek admission to the Teacher Certification Program for College Graduates (TCPCG). The teacher certificate program in EDCI is designed for those entering as undergraduates. In contrast, TCPCG is specifically designed for those who are in need of initial teaching certification along with a master’s degree.

Graduate Programs

Our department’s graduate degree programs are designed for teachers who wish to specialize in a specific content area (e.g., math, science, or social studies education) or to enhance their knowledge and skills in preparation for a specific certification (e.g., bilingual educator or remedial reading & remedial language arts teacher).

We offer programs of study leading to the master’s of arts in education degree, a sixth-year professional diploma in education, and a doctor of philosophy degree. Doctoral programs are designed for those aspiring to positions as professors and researchers, school administrators and curriculum specialists, and educational leaders in a range of settings.

As scholars, our faculty members conduct research reflecting their interests in areas such as the following:

  • language and literacy
  • math and science education
  • social studies education and media literacy
  • bilingual education and biliteracy
  • multicultural education
  • urban education
  • technology and new literacies
  • curriculum studies

Our faculty members hold national leadership positions, are recipients of major research grants, serve as consultants to state agencies and public schools, and have received local and national recognition for both their teaching and scholarship. They are valued for their commitment to their students and their enthusiasm for ensuring exciting, relevant programs of study.


Recent EDCI News


Seeing the Cracks in Controversial Statues

Alan Marcus.

“It may be that many of these monuments no longer belong in the public square ... I think there are a lot of creative things we can to do repurpose or reinvent [monuments’] uses.” Americans are starting to really examine the statues in their communities, including here in our state. We are all acting as curators. Alan Marcus speaks with WNPR’s “Where We Live” about monuments. Tune in — Alan Marcus at 19:42

    Making Math Learning Environments Meaningful and Respectful for Students

    Megan Staples.

    Listen in as faculty member Megan Staples discusses the challenges teachers face in online learning settings with the Stemify podcast. Tune into the interview or read the transcript

      Reading and Language Arts Center Champions Literacy Amid Pandemic

      Boxes of books.

      In the wake of the pandemic, schools have pivoted to online learning. Rachael Gabriel, associate professor of literacy education and director of Neag School of Education’s Reading and Language Arts Center, knew she wanted to help the education community amid this major shift. Read about the Center’s summer literacy initiatives

        Anti-Racism Resources for Students, Educators, and Citizensdecorative.

        Grace Player and Danielle Filipiak have curated a set of anti-racism resources. “We are reaching out to share resources that we believe might be helpful as you reflect on the current and ongoing racism in our country. We hope that these resources will help you reflect on and process the current moment, but also, help shape your practices as anti-racist teachers,” they write. Access the Resources

        U-Kindness: Social Distancing Doesn't Mean Social Isolation.

        Upcoming Events

        1. Aug 3 Nominations for 2021 Neag School Alumni Awards Now Open12:00am
        2. Aug 3 White Fragility Book Discussion12:00pm
        3. Aug 10 Uyi Osunde's Capstone Defense9:00am
        4. Aug 10 White Fragility Book Discussion12:00pm
        5. Aug 12 Equity And Inclusive Teaching In Distance Learning: A Practical Overview12:30pm