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 News

Lisa DiLorenzoPenn State, State College schools combine to prepare teachers in College of Education's Professional Development School program — Each and every day in the State College Area School District, about 65 prospective elementary and secondary English teachers enrolled in the College of Education’s Professional Development School stand up and give students a piece of their mind.

Emily Mowery
Penn State student Emily Mowery gives a presentation at the 17th annual Teacher Inquiry Conference.
Inquiry conference features Penn State students in Professional Development School program — About 80 student teachers in the College of Education’s Professional Development School program presented their classroom research at a teacher inquiry conference Saturday, April 25, at Mount Nittany Middle School in State College.

Zbiek to take reins of College's Department of Curriculum and Instruction — Rose Mary Zbiek has been named department head for Curriculum and Instruction within Penn State’s College of Education.