Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Welcome to Curriculum & Instruction

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C I) at Penn State offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and many options for teacher certification.

There is a growing demand for graduates of teacher education programs. This department offers professional programs leading to certification in early childhood (PK-4), middle-level education (grades 4-8), and in a variety of discipline areas leading to certification at the secondary-school level. Admission to a specific teacher certification program occurs only after a student applies to a particular program during or at the conclusion of the freshman year. This department also provides a variety of clinical field experiences, including student teaching.

Recent NewsJulia Plummer

Professor awarded NSF grant to assist middle-school astronomy students — College of Education associate professor Julia Plummer and two other educators have received a three-year, National Science Foundation grant worth $1.387 million to develop and study three middle school labs that will support students’ spatial thinking in astronomy.

Jim NolanEducation professor Jim Nolan loves his job enough to leave it after 28 years  — Nolan will sign off on a 28-year career at Penn State, the last 17 of which have been spent creating, refining and perfecting the Professional Development School program between the College of Education and the State College Area School District.

Darla HomanDepartment of Curriculum & Instruction honors departing faculty, staff at year-end meeting — Faculty in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction celebrated shared accomplishments and acknowledged the contributions of those who have served in leadership roles or are retiring or leaving Penn State at the final faculty meeting of the year on May 6.