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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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Aggie Ward was recently chosen to receive the CSSAC Staff Excellence Award.  Aggie was recognized above a number of “high-quality nominees, which made the selection process a pleasurable challenge.”  The award will be presented at the Clerical and Service Staff Advisory Committee Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, and also announced in an upcoming edition of Purdue Today.  The luncheon will begin at 12:00 noon in the West Faculty Lounge in the Purdue Memorial Union.  Congrats Aggie!!

Carla Johnson has a chapter in the prestigious Handbook of Research on Science Education (2nd Edition):

  • Czerniak, C.M. & Johnson, C.C. (2014). Interdisciplinary Science Teaching. In Lederman, N.G. & Abell, S.K. (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Science Education 2nd Edition, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., p. 395-411.

Peg Ertmer and Adrie Koehler have a new article in ETRD, the preeminent research journal in education technology:

  • Ertmer, P. A., & Koehler, A. (2014). Online case-based discussions: Examining coverage of the afforded problem space.  Educational Technology Research and Development.  DOI 10.1007/s11423-014-9350-9

Judy Lysaker has a new article:

  • ·         Lysaker, J.T. (2014). Reading as a language event of the self: In conversation with Bertau, Lipari, and Karsten. Theory & Psychology, 24(4), 576-591.

The Purdue Center for Economic Education (Phillip VanFossen, Assoc. Director) was awarded the 2014 Peter V. Harrington Award for University Centers.  The award, named for the late Executive Director of the Indiana Council on Economic Education, recognizes one Center per year in Indiana for excellence in research, K-12 outreach and professional development.