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 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

  • AUDIO: Using Phenomena to Help Students Explain the World
    What are phenomena and how can science teachers use these events to engage students in science? Professor of Science Education Todd Campbell joins us to help start a series about using phenemona in science education.
    Posted on December 27, 2021
  • Teaching Map Literacy Is Important Part of Having Informed Public
    People tend to look at maps as absolute information that should be taken as fact without analysis. But that’s a mistake, according to a pair of UConn professors from the Neag School of Education in a recent article published in Social Studies Research and Practice.
    Posted on December 27, 2021
  • Dodd Impact, Neag School Host U.S. Education Secretary for Event
    As part of the observation of International Human Rights Day, the Neag School and Dodd Impact programs are jointly hosting a series of virtual workshops that introduce the intersecting fields of human rights education and civics education to undergraduate and fifth-year students in the Neag School’s pre-service teacher education program and in its Teacher Certification Program for College Graduates, or TCPCG.
    Posted on December 13, 2021

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Neag Foundation Gift Supports Master’s-Level Aspiring Educators

The Neag School of Education received a $400,000 gift from the Neag Foundation to establish the Neag Foundation Scholarship for the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s (IB/M) Program at UConn’s Neag School of Education. The scholarship will support fifth-year IB/M students with demonstrated financial need. Read the 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. Jan 31 Presidential Scholar Enrichment Award Info Session12:15pm
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