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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 Board of Trustees approved the promotions of Jill Newton and Kathy Obenchain to Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction; Rachael Kinney to Associate Professor of Mathematics; and Anita Roychoudhury to Professor of Curriclum and Instruction.

Adrie Koehler, a PhD student in Learning Design and Technology, was awarded a Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship for 2014-15 academic year.  Adrie was also named the EDCI Outstanding Teaching Assistant.

David Eichinger was awarded a Charles Murphy Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in March.  He was surprised with the announcement by a group of COE folks during one of his lab sections.  Read more about this well-deserved award here.

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.