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, two of our core teacher education programs rank among the top 25 in the U.S.: Special Education and Elementary Teacher Education.

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 and multicultural education
  • 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

  • A Monumental Task: Turning Act of ‘Disrespect’ Into Learning Moment
    Alan Marcus, a professor of education at the University of Connecticut, says in his state, there have been calls to remove statues of Christopher Columbus, in connection to the explorer's violent mistreatment of Native Americans. Marcus said monuments can become "expired" as society's values shift.
    Posted on February 15, 2022
  • The Neag School of Education With Carlton and Tamashi
    In another installment of the major series, UConn alum Carlton Jones and graduate student Tamashi Hettiarachchi join as special guests to discuss their engagements with Neag UConn’s School of Education.
    Posted on March 3, 2022

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. Dec 7 Become a 2x UConn Alum!12:00am
  2. Dec 7 Beyond the Field: FIFA and Human Rights7:00pm
  3. Dec 10 CWP Teacher-as-Writer Workshop10:00am
  4. Dec 13 ELP Information Session 4:00pm
  5. Dec 13 TCPCG Information Session6:30pm