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)
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
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
Can We Stop Telling the “Corona Kids” How Little They Are Learning?
Since schools shut down, students have been called the “hobbled” generation and the “covid class.” They have been told they have or will experience covid-related slides, losses, gaps and other deficiencies that are “disastrous.” They have been told that they are frying their brains by using phones, tablets and other devices to stay connected to friends, culture and a sense of normalcy, and that they are learning less than they should or close to nothing at all. They should be told the opposite. Read Gabriel’s op-ed in the Washington Post
Neag School Alumni Teachers Navigate the Virtual Classroom
With the recent transition from educating in the classroom to the virtual realm due to the pandemic, the teaching world has changed drastically. We wanted to hear from Neag School alumni now serving as teachers about how they are managing the online teaching and learning environment. Read the story on alumni teaching from home
During Coronavirus Home-Schooling, Your Kitchen Can be a Classroom
“For parents trying to help their kids with homework in this new era of online learning, solving math problems may be among your more worrisome tasks,” writes Tutita Casa, an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at the Neag School of Education. “There are, perhaps, two equations that many parents can agree on: Home ≠ school, and parents ≠ teachers.” Read Casa’s op-ed in the Courant