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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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The Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium will be held on Friday, March 14th from 9:00-noon in the Purdue Memorial Union Ballroom. Graduate students engaging in educational research will share their work. This year's keynote speaker is David Berliner, Regents Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University.

Carla Johnson, Lynn Bryan and Tamara Moore (Engineering) were awarded a Math Science Partnership (MSP) grant to build STEM schools at Maconaquah Middle School and Maple Crest (Kokomo) Middle School and will also bring in tuition for graduate coursework in STEM.

Melanie Shoffner was elected Vice Chair of NCTE’s Conference on English Education.  Next year she will move to the Chair position.

Trish Morita-Mullaney has been elected Vice President of INTESOL for 2014.  She and April Burke  were also featured presenters at the recent annual INTESOL meeting.