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

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.