Curriculum and Instruction

The mission of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is to advance knowledge and the practice of teaching and learning. We address the educational needs of a rapidly changing global society in democratic and socially just ways. Our teaching and research are rooted in a variety of academic disciplines. We value innovation and build upon the strengths of cultural and linguistic diversity. This year, U.S. News & World Report ranked our program fifth among public institutions and eighth overall. 

A young woman discusses a point in class as other students listen.

Undergraduate and Teacher Education

There are several pathways that allow students to become classroom teachers, educators, and mentors or otherwise interact and engage with children and youth in a variety of disciplines.

Professor Anthony Brown discusses a book in class.

Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs provide students the opportunity to learn ways in which modern curriculum influences education. Students engage in research that incorporate important topics in education such as diversity, technology, and literacy.

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STEM Education

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math teacher certification programs put students from varying majors at UT in front of the classroom as teachers.

A student in the UTeach Urban Teachers program works with a young boy.

UTeach Urban Teachers

UTeach Urban Teachers is a unique program that focuses on teaching language arts and social studies to children with culturally diverse and urban backgrounds.

Feature Stories

Student teacher Antonio Salmeron teaches a class as part of the UTeach Program at UT-Austin on July 10, 2017.

14 College of Education Students at UT Austin Receive Inaugural Charles Butt Scholarships

The Charles Butt Scholarships for Aspiring Teachers program is part of the $50 million Raising Texas Teachers initiative sponsored by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation

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New Faculty Member Eric Knuth Explores the Effects of Early Learner Exposure to Algebra

Through several grants awarded by the the National Science Foundation and the Institute for Education Sciences, Eric Knuth will be working to develop innovative models that expose children to algebraic principles at an early age.

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Early Childhood Education Professor Jennifer Adair on Raising Anti-Racist Children

Watch Jennifer Adair, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education, as she outlines the three patterns she has observed in white parents of white children as they raise their children to appreciate the racial differences they see around them on KLRU’s Blackademics TV.