The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers initial teacher preparation programs that prepare graduates to be certified teachers...


The mission of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is to use rigorous research, innovative teaching, and engaged PreK-12 school partnerships to enhance the development of culturally responsive educators who will resolve 21st century problems using the most advanced theoretical knowledge and pedagogical practices accessible. The Department’s mission is consistent with the overall mission of the College of Education—to prepare caring, committed, competent, culturally responsive urban professionals who are equipped to provide effective service in schools, agencies, and other entities.


The EPP incorporates technology to improve teaching effectiveness, enhance instruction, and manage student and assessment data while engaging students in the application of technology to enhance their learning experiences. As part of their methods courses and field experiences, candidates are required to develop lesson and unit plans that provide strategies for using technology to enhance student learning. More specifically, the model lesson plan includes a resource section where candidates are required to identify the technology used in the lesson. During their clinical experience candidates are required to develop a unit or series of lessons that require identifying the technology that will be used. Lastly, candidates must successfully complete two educational technology classes (i.e., EDCI 210 and EDCI 340), as well as assignments in various content and pedagogy courses.

Upon the completion these courses, candidates will be able to:

  1. Create and incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity
  2. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media
  3. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats
  4. Demonstrate effective use of current emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support resources and learning
  5. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks
  6. Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interaction related to the use of technology
  7. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions
  8. Conduct an ongoing self-assessment of strengths and weaknesses in the knowledge and skill of technology applications


Programs Offered

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers initial teacher preparation programs that prepare graduates to be certified teachers, and advanced educational degree programs that prepare graduates to be curriculum specialist, educational leaders and consultants.

The Curriculum and Instruction offers the bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary which prepares students for the initial teaching credential. The department also offers the masters and doctoral degrees.

B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies

  • EC – 6 Generalist (Dr. Jacqueline D. Smith –
  • EC – 6 Bilingual Generalist (Dr. Jacqueline D. Smith –
  • 4 – 8 Mathematics (Dr. Reginald Todd –
  • 4 – 8 Science (Dr. Reginald Todd –
  • 4 – 8 Math/Science (Dr. Reginald Todd –
  • 4 – 8 Social Studies (Dr. Viveca Grant –
  • 4 – 8 ELA/Reading (Dr. Ingrid Haynes-Mays –
  • 4 – 8 ELA/Reading/Social Studies (Dr. Ingrid Haynes-Mays –
  • Special Education All Levels/EC – 6

Educator Preparation Program

M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction

  • Early Childhood Education (Dr. Bobbie Henderson – )
  • Bilingual Education (Dr. Ingrid Haynes-Mays –
  • Instructional Technology (Dr. Holim Song –
  • Reading Education (Dr. Ingrid Haynes-Mays –
  • Special Education
  • Secondary Education (Dr. Jacqueline D. Smith –

Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction

  • Dr. Jacqueline D. Smith –, Dr. Reginald Todd –


Dr. Ingrid Haynes-Mays, Chair
Curriculum & Instruction
Tel: 713-313-7267 Fax: 713-313-4449

B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies

  • ID: 2130

The seven specialty areas for the B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies represent seven tracks that students may follow toward completion of the degree and the earning of Teacher Certification.

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M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction

  • ID: 2129

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree is offered in the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Bilingual Education, Instructional Technology, Reading Education, Special Education and Secondary Education.

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Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction

  • ID: 2128

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction offers a program leading to the Doctor of Education Degree in Curriculum & Instruction.

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