About the Department 

The Department of Curricular and Instructional Studies includes the areas of early childhood, middle childhood, secondary (adolescent to young adult), preschool to grades 12 (P-12) education and the areas of special education as an intervention specialist for early childhood (P-3 mild/moderate/ intensive), mild to moderate (K-12) or moderate to intensive (K-12). Initial teacher preparation programs are available at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and master’s degree levels.

  • The early childhood program prepares teachers to teach age three to grade three.
  • The middle childhood program prepares teachers to teach grades four through nine with specialization in each of two areas selected from reading/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
  • The secondary program prepares teachers of grades seven to twelve to teach language arts, mathematics, science, social studies or family and consumer science (grades 4-12).
  • The P-12 program prepares teachers of foreign language, music, dance, drama, or visual arts.
  • The special education options prepare undergraduates as intervention specialists/teachers for children with special needs and graduate students to be master teachers.
  • Endorsements are available in reading and teaching English as a second language.

The University Center for Child Development, a collaboration between the College of Education and the School of Family and Consumer Science, provides childcare for children while serving as a preservice learning site for teacher education students.