Curriculum and Instruction

The Next Generation of Teachers and Educational Leaders

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction, ranked tenth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in both Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education, is a diverse connection of teachers, teacher educators and researchers inspiring innovative teaching and learning. We offer both undergraduate and graduate programs and address the educational needs of a rapidly changing global society in democratic and socially just ways. The department values innovation and builds upon the strengths of cultural and linguistic diversity.

Our students are prepared for diverse classroom and leadership settings. Undergraduate students are prepared for careers as certified teachers or advocates for education and early childhood development. Our master’s and doctoral students are prepared for teaching and leadership positions that promote equity and excellence in the education of diverse communities. 


Each of our programs features classroom coursework and discussions, as well as valuable experiential fieldwork. Students are prepared for careers as a certified teacher or advocate for education and early childhood development.

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Our graduate programs focus on how modern curriculum influences education, and prepares students for careers in teaching and educational leadership. Students engage in research on topics such as diversity, technology and literacy.

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Our faculty works closely with students to examine trends in education, such as agency and social-emotional learning, that will better prepare teachers to become engaged and motivational educators.

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Educator Preparation Programs

Our teacher preparation program provides you with nearly 800 hours of hands-on experience working with children in classrooms across several semesters, exceeding the state requirement. By the end of their program, students will be well prepared to take the teacher certification exams. Our program’s passing rate historically exceeds 95 percent.

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College Announcements

From Teacher to Tech to Author: Alumna Katy Jao’s Unique Journey and Contributions to Bilingual Education

Katy Jao, ’18, recently published her first Spanish language children’s book “El maíz nos une.”

Adam Opiela Endowment for the Urban Teachers Program Established in the College of Education

Keeping Adam Opiela’s love for learning alive through an endowment in his name benefitting the UT Urban Teachers Program.

New STEM Master’s Program Offered in Collaboration with UTeach

GradUTeach is for those with a STEM-related undergraduate degree interested in pursuing high school or middle school math or science teacher certification.