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.
Head of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction
- Sharon L. Smith, a senior in the College of Education, has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Colombia. Smith majored in elementary education and Spanish. She will be in Colombia for about 10 months and will teach at Universidad Católica de Colombia in Bogotá.
- Mary Nakhleh, professor emeritus in EDCI/Chemistry, was presented the Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry on April 9 by the American Chemical Society at its annual spring meeting. The award recognizes foundational work in student understanding of particulate nature of matter and visual representations of chemistry.
- The Department of Curriculum and Instruction now has its own Facebook page. Share thoughts, ideas, and experiences- join the discussion!
- According to U.S. News and World Report, Purdue's College of Education graduate program ranks 32nd among graduate programs in the nation for 2013- up from 37th last year, and up more than 30 places since 2007! For more information, read the report.