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.
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.
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
Annual Scholarship Celebration Spotlights Students and Donors
This past week, UConn’s Neag School of Education held its annual Scholarship Celebration to commemorate the students who have benefitted, financially and personally, from the generosity of numerous donors. Students highlighted their personal experiences and gave thanks to the individuals who helped them turn their educational dreams into reality. Read the story and access the event recording.
New Website Developed By Neag School Will Assist High School History Teachers
Connecticut is the first state to mandate that all of its high schools offer an elective class on Black and Latinx history and this website will provide resources. Alan Marcus, a professor of curriculum and instruction in UConn’s Neag School of Education, has led a team that developed a website to assist high school teachers with the instruction of this course. Read the story on UConn Today.
Neag School Researcher Receives NSF, Google Grants to Improve Science Education
Todd Campbell has received grants from the NSF and Google to make next-generation science education more justice-oriented and accessible. Learn more about the grants.
Q&A: Meet Neag School Dean Jason G. Irizarry
Meet Jason G. Irizarry, who is kicking off his first full academic year as dean of UConn’s Neag School of Education. Irizarry, who grew up in New York City and served as a teacher before pursuing a path to leadership in higher education, was appointed dean for a five-year term in May 2021. Check out the Q&A and video.
Using COVID to Change Science Education
Neag School educators, along with colleagues from the University of Rochester and University of Washington, are part of a $1.5 million Discovery Research PreK-12 grant project funded by the National Science Foundation that is focused on supporting justice-centered science teaching. Read the story coverage from the Rochester Beacon.
Meet the Researcher: Glenn Mitoma
Glenn Mitoma, an assistant professor in the Neag School of Education and a joint appointment in the Human Rights Institute, has spent his career studying human rights and helping others understand how they can realize them in their communities. Read the story on UConn Today.
Anti-Racism Resources for Students, Educators, and Citizens
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