Students and faculty in Curriculum, Aesthetics, and Teacher Education (CATE) have a major focus in one or more of the three primary areas: curriculum, aesthetics, and teacher education; and choices within several sub-areas: early childhood, middle grades, secondary, and social studies education.

 While each of these is a distinct area of study, most faculty and students have affiliations with more than one area. In addition, there are several shared interests and commitments to interdisciplinary, integrated approaches rather than one disciplinary focus. These include the importance of:  

  • Reflexivity in teaching.
  • Inquiry as an approach to teaching and learning to teach.
  • Diversity broadly defined to include socially constructed categories of difference.
  • International and global issues

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