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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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Welcome to our new faculty, who will join us this fall!

Melanie Kuhn was recently named our Jean Adamson Stanley Professor of Literacy. Read more about Melanie here.

Promotion and Tenure

Sunnie Watson was recently promoted to clinical associate professor. She has accepted a tenure-track, assistant professor position in our learning design and technology program. She will start that position in the fall. Sunnie’s research interests include educational software design and web-based tools for designing meaningful educational experiences in international settings.

Nathan Mentzer, who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Purdue Polytechnic Institute, was promoted to associate professor. Nathan prepares engineering and technology candidates for teacher licensure. His research interests include student learning of engineering design thinking on the secondary level.