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Lynch School of Education

Teacher Education/Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction

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Department Mission:

We prepare educational leaders for instructional roles in public and private schools, institutions of higher education, and related organizations. We prepare students to collaborate with all stakeholders, to challenge inequities in the social order, and to meet the needs of all learners, with attention to the diversity of race, culture, ethnicity, language background, and ability/disability representative of the school population. We bridge the gap between research and practice by fostering critical reflection and treating classrooms and schools as sites for teacher research.

Academic Programs:



The department offers undergraduate degrees in elementary and secondary education, a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, and a variety of masters programs with non-licensure and licensure options across the early childhood, elementary and high school levels. Degree options and coursework reflect the departmental expertise in urban education, special education, STEM education, promoting social justice through education, and working with English language learners. Masters candidates can complete the Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) Certificate, preparing mainstream educators to be “highly qualified” to teach English language learners in their classrooms.