Chair's Welcome

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Thanks for your interest in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction!

The name of our department consists of two keywords - curriculum and instruction. The first term refers to everything available to be learned in school or other educational environments. Some of what constitutes curriculum is planned and intentional material, but much of what is learned is really communicated through the structures and social relationships of the environment in which the learning is supposed to take place. The second term, instruction, refers to purposeful activity designed to support learning, an effort to change people’s minds. In a world like ours, where knowledge, learning, and learners are becoming more complex, democratized, and globalized, these two keywords demand intense investigation and constant questioning. Such are precisely the kinds of inquiries Curriculum & Instruction faculty members carry out.

Our department’s faculty consists of world class researchers who inquire into processes of teaching and learning, social and cultural forces that shape education, and the nature of subject matter across a range of disciplines. At the same time, even as we create new knowledge and theory in our research, our professors are equally committed to their own craft in teaching their students at UT. Graduate students have the advantage of apprenticeships in research, often inquiring, writing, and publishing right alongside their mentors, while also working side by side with their professors in the preparation of new preK-12 teachers.

At the heart of our work in undergraduate education is teacher preparation. Our department carries the greatest share of responsibility at UT for the education of new teachers, and we consider this work central to our mission. Ultimately, the people upon whom we seek to have the strongest impact are children in schools across the USA and the world. We educate teachers committed to tackling the very challenges from which too many educators shrink away, and we are most proud when our former students thrive in environments that demand the strongest intellects, the most solid research base, and the most flexible, supple, and creative professional judgment. So we mean it unequivocally when we say, “what starts here changes the world.”

We hope that, one way or another, you'll work with us toward these goals.

Sincerely,

Randy Bomer, Chair