Graduate Programs

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers several master’s and doctoral degrees that prepare graduate students for careers in teaching and leadership positions that promote equity and excellence in the education of diverse communities. Our programs focus on preparing teachers in a variety of disciplines with roots in sociocultural foundations and curriculum theory, as well as critical pedagogies and other innovative and democratic approaches to teaching and learning.

Several of our master's degrees also offer teacher certification so that students are ready to enter the classroom upon graduation. Our doctoral programs contribute to knowledge in education theory, concepts, and practice through research in learning and curriculum, cultural studies, and technology.

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Bilingual/Bicultural Education

Become an expert in important topics related to the field of bilingual and bicultural education. Students in this program will become advocates for the importance of bilingual education for teachers, administrators and families through coursework and research alongside faculty.

Master's with Thesis Master's with Report M.Ed. only Ph.D.

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Cultural Studies in Education

Focus your studies on the importance of cultural and social diversity in education. The CSE program takes an interdisciplinary approach to researching topics such as the history, philosophy, and politics of education, urban schooling, critical pedagogy, and globalization.

M.A. and M.Ed. Ph.D.

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Early Childhood Education

Improve early childhood education and development by researching and learning about early childhood policy, pedagogy, curriculum, and training for children in preschool through 3rd grade. This program prepares students to address global, national, and local issues facing young children and their communities in classrooms, schools, and beyond.

M.A. and M.Ed. Ph.D.

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Language and Literacy Studies

Learn to become a leader in language and literacy studies through collaborative research, engaging coursework, and clinical practice. Students will know the importance of literacy as a social tool for change so that they can go on to become advanced degree teachers, professors in literacy studies, and administrative policy makers for literacy programs.

M.Ed. Ph.D.

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Learning Technologies

Use state-of-the-art technologies to create and offer interactive and engaging forms of education. Learn how to use the internet and other emerging technologies in K-12 education, higher education, and business or industry training. Courses cover the design, implementation, and evaluation of various educational applications and related research topics.

M.A. and M.Ed. Ph.D. Graduate Certificate

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Physical Education Teacher Education

Study the art and science of physical education through our master’s or doctoral programs, or become a teacher by completing our master’s plus certification degree. Students learn how to design curriculum for physical education along with research, assessment, and evaluation practices. This program also has a strong focus on cultural studies in contemporary education.

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Social Studies Education

Our master’s and doctoral programs prepare students to become educators in social studies. Courses in this program approach social studies education from a variety of disciplines in order to provide educators with a unique perspective on how to teach and improve social studies education.

M.A. and M.Ed. M.Ed. Plus Certification Ph.D.

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STEM Education

Education in science, technology, engineering, and math is critically important. Students in this program learn to inspire learners to pursue their interests in STEM topics, as well as become advocates for equity in STEM through leadership, research, and teaching.

M.A. and M.Ed. Ph.D.

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Urban Teachers Program

Learn to teach culturally and linguistically diverse students in urban settings. The Urban Teachers masters is a two-year program that combines practical field experience with culturally aware coursework that prepares you to teach in grades 7-12.
Master of Education with Secondary English Certification
Master of Education with Secondary Social Studies Certification


Anthony Brown, Graduate Advisor

Advises prospective and current C&I students about the academic aspects of the program, including course requirements and recommendations.

Catherine Riegle-Crumb, STEM Graduate Advisor

Advises prospective and current STEM Education students about the academic aspects of the program, including course requirements and recommendations.

Stephen Flynn, Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Principal duties: graduate admissions coordinator for all incoming students; graduate student academic appointments; fellowship & scholarship contact