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


      Neag School Ranks Among Top 20 Publics for Sixth Consecutive Year

      Three masked students stand waving from the patio of the Gentry Building, home of UConn's Neag School of Education.

      For the sixth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked UConn’s Neag School of Education among the top 20 public graduate schools of education in the nation. In addition, one of the Neag School’s specialty programs stands among the top 20 in the United States: Special Education, tied at No. 13. Read about the latest rankings.


            Neag School Alum and Educator Teaches Students to Give Back

                Illustration of Madison Corlett's fourth-grade class.

                From a young age, Madison Corlett ’16 (ED), ’17 MA, was excited about helping others, raising money through lemonade stands and other fundraisers, then donating the money to local causes. When Corlett started teaching four years ago, the idea of giving back came full circle with her desire to share that focus with her students. Read the full story.


                      Jason Irizarry Named Interim Dean of the Neag School

                          Jason Irizarry

                          Jason Irizarry, a professor in the Neag School’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the associate dean for academic affairs, takes on the role of interim dean at the Neag School next month. Read the Provost’s announcement.


                                Connecticut’s Letter About Literature Contest Winners Named

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                                    The Neag School of Education, UConn’s Department of English, and the Connecticut Writing Project (CWP), co-sponsors of the 28th annual Letters About Literature contest, are proud to announce Connecticut’s winners for the 2020-21 academic year. Neag School Professor Doug Kaufman, CWP Director Jason Courtmanche, and Department of English Ph.D. candidate Kiedra Taylor served as the contest’s representatives for the state of ConnecticutRead the winning essays.


                                          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. Apr 12 ELP Virtual Info Session 4:00pm
                                          2. Apr 15 Northeast CCCC Summer Conference Proposal Submission Deadline12:00am
                                          3. Apr 19 Letters About Literature Ceremony3:00pm
                                          4. Apr 20 Genocide Education Panel11:00am
                                          5. Apr 22 Making Voices Heard: Diversity, Disadvantage, and Discrimination in Educational Settings: Video launch with Q&A 4:00pm