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Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I)
Program Overview

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) prepares candidates to become teachers at the elementary (1-6), secondary (7-12), and special education (K-12).  The department offers one 4-year degree in elementary education, a secondary minor program that leads to teacher certification for selected undergraduate majors, and 3 Master's degree programs. Additionally, faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction support other programs throughout the University.

Mission
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction prepares teachers and other professionals for leadership roles in a variety of national and global educational settings. The Department specifically champions the needs of black and other under-represented students in urban communities. Asset-focused teaching methodologies and interdisciplinary coursework prepare candidates to (a) think and reflect critically; (b) analyze and solve problems; (c) make ethical decisions; (d) translate theory and research into effective practice; and (e) understand self, history, and community. The ultimate aim of the Department Programs is to develop graduates who will influence educational policies, practices, and outcomes.

Conceptual Framework
The conceptual framework for the teacher education programs emphasizes 7 major outcomes that aspire to develop reflective practitioners who are change agents, competent, competent researchers, and educational leaders.

Student Outcomes in Curriculum and Instruction

Program Completers
Number taking one or more required tests
Number passing all tests
Pass Rate (%)
Statewide average pass rate (%)
2012-2013
30
29
97%
90%
2011-2012
52
48
92%
91%
2010-2011
28
27
96%
93%
2009-2010
30
28
93%
91%
2008-2009
26
25
96%

89%

2007-2008
27
25
93%
88%