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Curriculum and Teaching

The Department of Curriculum and Teaching offers undergraduate programs that lead to teacher licensure in unified early childhood and at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels and a broad range of graduate professional programs in curriculum and instruction that promote the professional and intellectual development of practitioners and scholars in this field at all levels of education. The faculty is known for its field leadership and commitment to high-quality education for youth and adults in a variety of educational settings, innovative field-based research, and preparation of highly effective program graduates.

Undergraduate Programs

The Academic Catalog is a guideline for policies and procedures in the School of Education. However, academic program requirements change. Students are strongly encouraged to check the school’s website and the department for the most current information. This catalog is in effect for undergraduates admitted to the School of Education for 2010-11.

The requirements listed apply only to students admitted to the 5-year extended teacher education program who began the program in fall 2010 and earlier. Requirements for the new 4-year program that apply to students who were admitted in spring 2011 and later are available from the School of Education Advising Center, soeadvising@ku.edu.

The Department of Curriculum and Teaching offers undergraduate programs that lead to teacher licensure in unified early childhood and at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. Students planning to teach must complete programs composed of 3 major parts:

  • General Education (requirements completed primarily in the first two years),
  • Major (content areas in which students are specializing), and
  • Professional Education (course work that helps them to understand students as learners and to communicate knowledge effectively).

Non–Western Culture Requirement

The Kansas State Board of Education requires students seeking licensure to study both Western and non-Western cultures. To meet the non-Western culture requirement, students must complete at least one course classified as NW. This requirement also may count in the appropriate category (behavioral science, social sciences, or arts/humanities) of the general education requirements.

View the list of non-Western culture courses.

Curriculum and Teaching

The Department of Curriculum and Teaching offers undergraduate programs that lead to teacher licensure in unified early childhood and at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels and a broad range of graduate professional programs in curriculum and instruction that promote the professional and intellectual development of practitioners and scholars in this field at all levels of education. The faculty is known for its field leadership and commitment to high-quality education for youth and adults in a variety of educational settings, innovative field-based research, and preparation of highly effective program graduates.

Graduate Programs

The department offers a broad range of graduate professional programs in curriculum and instruction. Students should contact the appropriate program adviser for specific program requirements. Information about the department faculty is in the Faculty/Staff section of the department’s website.

For complete program information, visit the Department of Curriculum and Teaching or send an inquiry to ctdepartment@ku.edu.

Note: Degree requirements are subject to change. Prospective and current students should obtain the current degree requirements from the department.

Programs in curriculum and instruction prepare students to complete advanced degrees by addressing critical issues in learning, teaching, and curriculum, from local to global levels.

The Master of Arts with a major in education and Master of Science in Education are available for students who hold the bachelor’s degree and seek to advance their knowledge and skills in their professional areas or areas of interest. The Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy with a major in curriculum and instruction are for students who plan to pursue employment at the college level or assume major leadership positions in schools.

An initial licensure program is also available to students who already hold the bachelor’s degree and want to teach foreign language, mathematics, or science. The Graduate Licensure Program combines graduate and undergraduate courses including a semester-long student teaching experience that helps students obtain the initial teaching license while completing the Master of Science in Education degree.

Areas of emphasis for advanced degrees in curriculum and instruction may include foreign language education, language arts education, mathematics education, science education, social studies education, literacy education, teaching English as a second language, curriculum studies, gifted and talented education, and economics education.

Graduate classes are taught on the main campus in Lawrence and on the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park in suburban Kansas City about 40 miles from Lawrence. Master’s and doctoral students can expect to complete some graduate work on each campus.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.