The Department of Curriculum & Instruction believes in addressing critical issues of learning, teaching and social justice at global and local levels. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranking us 7th in the nation. The department emphasizes preparation and continuing professional development of early childhood, elementary and secondary teachers and teacher educators. Faculty and students are committed to seeking deep interconnections among theory, research, and practice. One of the key strengths of our department is the selection of our academic offerings--all designed to prepare undergraduate and graduate students to take on the challenges of education for students of today and tomorrow. Students can grow in their profession by developing new skills and by gaining in-depth knowledge on research that matters.