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Research Areas

Curriculum and Supervision

The program in Curriculum and Supervision is intended for students who have a passion for student, teacher, and school development. Our students explore contemporary educational issues through scholarly experiences in curriculum, supervision, teacher education, professional development, teacher leadership, instructional coaching, and mentorship. Graduates go on to academic positions at colleges and universities throughout the world in teacher education, curriculum, and related fields, as well as positions in schools, districts, governments, and other entities concerned with the development of expertise in teaching and learning.

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education is devoted to educating persons for careers in basic and higher education in areas of research, scholarship, policy, and practice. The core knowledge includes child growth and development, environment, curriculum and content planning and implementation, instruction and communication, assessment, professionalism and leadership, and families, communities, and cultures.

Language, Culture, and Society

Language, Culture, and Society features theoretically rigorous, self-reflective, and contextual work in the broad fields of language, culture, and pedagogy. This work is frequently transdisciplinary in scope. Research and courses span a range of theoretical and methodological approaches and are often guided by commitments to critical inquiry and educationally and socially transformative practices.

Faculty and doctoral students in Language, Culture, and Society work in a set of overlapping thematic areas:

  • Teaching and Curriculum
  • Languages and Literacies
  • Children's Literature Studies, Children and Youth Culture
  • (Dis)abilities
  • Culture, Society, and History

Literacies and English Language Arts

We offer three degree-seeking paths for our graduate students:

The Master's of Science in C&I with an emphasis in Literacies and English Language Arts (LELA) is an academic degree designed to initiate candidates into the theory, research and practice within chosen fields of study.

The Master's of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Literacies and English Language Arts is a practitioner's degree for candidates seeking to improve their understandings of and work in classrooms, libraries, and other institutions for children and youth.

The PhD in CI with an LELA emphasis aims to prepare candidates for teaching and research careers in higher education. The program features theoretically rigorous, self-reflective, and contextual work in the broad fields of Literacies and English/Language Arts.

Mathematics Education

Mathematics Education is an exciting, growing, and changing field. Graduate degrees in mathematics education prepare school leaders, curriculum developers, teacher educators, educational researchers, and college and university math education faculty. In addition to interests in the use of technology in secondary mathematics and theories about the learning of mathematics, our faculty also have interests in curriculum development and evaluation, understandings related to teaching, and the professional development of teachers.

Science Education

Faculty and students are currently researching teacher knowledge and learning, scientific argumentation and inquiry, philosophy of science and science teaching, environmental education, classroom discourse, science teacher education, and the uses of technology in science teaching and learning. These research interests include work in a nationally renowned Professional Development School and through projects in the Center for Science and the Schools.

Second Language Education

The Second Language Education Emphasis is concerned with issues of theory and practice in the teaching and learning of languages beyond the first or native language. Faculty and graduate students have interests in both widely taught languages, such as English, Spanish, French, Mandarin, and German, as well as in those that are less commonly taught. An area of particular engagement involves the education of English-as-an-additional language students in the U.S. and abroad. Second Language Education faculty also engage in close collaboration with the Department of Applied Linguistics, with students in both programs benefiting from the collective theoretical and research expertise of scholars from both departments. Faculty and students approach second language education through sociocultural and critical theoretical frameworks and employ qualitative and discourse analytic approaches in their work. Specific lines of research include analysis of classroom interaction, technology-supported second language learning, classroom-based second language assessment, dialogic learning and teaching, language and identity, teacher preparation for the instruction of emergent bilingual learners, and the development of teacher interculturality and global competence.

Social Studies Education

Master’s (M.Ed.) and Doctoral (Ph.D.) Degrees in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) with an emphasis in Social Studies Education build expertise in this K-12 school subject area and in the professional development of teachers for it. Social Studies Education at the graduate level allows flexibility in choosing intellectually rich academic experiences that support specialization in social studies topics as well as interdisciplinary connections to related fields.