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

Kathy Heid
Kathleen Heid
Distinguished professor receives Lifetime Achievement Award - M. Kathleen Heid, distinguished professor in the College of Education, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) for 2015. 

Rose Mary Zbiek
Rose Mary Zbiek
Book Series Addresses Tough-to-Teach Mathematics — A top-selling 16-book series that addresses mathematics and statistics topics that are challenging to teach yet crucial to student development will release the final book in the series this month.

Carla Zembal-Saul
Carla Zembal-Saul
Faculty Member Leads Development of Webinars that Improve Science EducationCarla Zembal-Saul, head of the College of Education’s Curriculum and Instruction Department, led the development of a free webinar series that aims to help educate elementary teachers about how to help their students learn the content and practices of science through firsthand investigation.