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

Julie Wood in the 1970s.

Neag School Alumna Sets Up Planned Gift for Literacy Research

Julie M. Wood ’71 (ED), ’72 MA is grateful for the safe haven that UConn gave her during the turbulent 1970s, and she recently began thinking about how she could give back. Read about her planned gift.


      Orlando Valentin Jr.

      Connecticut Teachers Adapt to a New Normal of Educating

      “I’m an educator ... but I’m a caretaker first,” says Neag School alumnus and current UCAPP student Orlando Valentin Jr., an elementary school teacher in Meriden, Connecticut. “I’m making sure these kids are safe.” Read the full story in The Hartford Courant.


          Neag School students in London holding a UConn Nation banner.

          Expanding Global Education, Intercultural Learning at the Neag School

          With a vision to get as many preservice teachers abroad as possible, David Moss has since helped establish Neag School study abroad programs in South Africa, Costa Rica, Peru, Australia, and, most recently, Iceland.  Read the full story.


              Violet Jiménez Sims.

              How Student Teachers Are Working During a Pandemic

              Districts across the state have adjusted or modified placements with teacher prep programs as they try to grapple with educating students through a pandemic. Violet Jiménez Sims, associate director of teacher education for School-University Partnerships at the Neag School, weighs in. Read the full story.


                  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. Nov 30 Intro To Mindfulness11:00am
                  2. Nov 30 Meditation Monday4:00pm
                  3. Dec 3 Provost's Distinguished Speaker Series: Sandra M. Chafouleas4:00pm
                  4. Dec 4 Stay Informed! International Student and Scholar Meeting12:00pm
                  5. Dec 7 Intro To Mindfulness11:00am