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Welcome to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I)!

We offer high quality learning programs to prepare education professionals for positions in schools, higher education, and the workplace. Undergraduates in C&I may enroll in programs leading to teacher licensure in elementary education or social studies education. At the graduate level, students may pursue advanced degrees in education disciplines including curriculum studies, education for work and community, educational technology, literacy and language education, mathematics education, science education, and social studies education.

Our faculty conducts research that links theory to practice leading to new discoveries in many aspects of the teaching and learning process across a wide variety of educational contexts. C&I serves the needs of society through engagement with our local, state, national, and international communities. We value collaboration, community, diversity, global perspectives, inquiry, and reflection, and we aspire to provide educational leadership in an increasingly diverse, interconnected, and technology-rich world.

Phillip VanFossen
Head of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction


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  • Gail Mills, Aggie Ward and Gina Haines were all recognized in the COE Clerical Kudos for September. Well done! 
  • Brenda Capobianco was named “Outstanding Educator in Science, Technology or Engineering” at the annual Women and Hi Tech, “Leading Light Awards.” These awards honor Indiana women of achievement in science, education and technology. Read more… 
  • Kathy Nimmer, an English teacher at Harrison High School, has been selected as the Indiana DOE’s Indiana Teacher of the Year for 2015. Ms. Nimmer has been an invaluable part of the English education program here at Purdue, serving as a mentor and cooperating teacher with practicum students and student teachers. In addition, she earned an MA in English from Purdue. 
  • Alberto Rodriguez gave a keynote address at the Midwest Regional Noyce Conference on Oct. 2nd in Omaha, Nebraska. The conference brought together 200 pre-service and master teachers, as well as school administrators and principal investigators involved in the NSF-sponsored Noyce Program. 
  • Melanie Shoffner was recently awarded the Terry Furlong Award for Research at the National Association for the Teaching of English annual conference “in recognition of her consistently high quality contributions to the research strand at NATE Conference over several years.”  
  • Wayne Wright has been named Co-Editor of Multilingual Matters’ Bilingual Education & Bilingualism Book Series. Other long-time series editors are Nancy Hornberger (UPENN) and Colin Baker (Bangor University, Wales, UK). 
  • Phillip VanFossen (Associate Director of the Purdue Center for Economic Education) has been being selected to receive the Abbejean Kehler Technology Award by the National Association of Economic Educators and the Council for Economic Education.  The award is presented annually to an economic educator “whose leadership has an extraordinary, positive impact in promoting the use of technology to improve the delivery of programs in economic education,” and will be presented at the CEE/NAEE National Conference in Dallas, October 10.