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Curriculum and Teaching offers a broad range of academic programs. Undergraduate and graduate programs in teacher education prepare students for their initial licensure and for advanced endorsements. The department is committed to producing teachers who foster high academic achievement in all students, including learners with diverse racial, cultural, linguistic, socioeconomic backgrounds and abilities. Master's and doctoral level advanced studies in curriculum and instruction prepare master teachers, researchers, specialists, professors and leaders for all levels of education.

Alumni Feature

C&T Alumnus, Diane Taveggia

Dr. Diane Taveggia (Ph.D., 2013), lecturer in the Applied English Center, received the 2014 J. Michael Parker Award at the annual Conference of the Literacy Research Associate in December. This award recognizes a high quality study that has the potential to impact the field of adult literacy. Dr. Taveggia’s study, The Vocabulary Notebook as Vehicle for Independent Vocabulary Learning in Community College English Language Learners, found that adult ELLs (a) have a clear sense of their goals and the English they needed to be successful in their lives; (b) have responsibilities that, at times, can make learning challenging; and (c) face challenges as language learners that are both frustrating and motivating. Further, Dr. Taveggia found that vocabulary notebook became a vehicle for discussing words and helping adult ELLs to develop a set of comprehensive and coherent strategies for learning new vocabulary. Finally, the study suggests that community colleges need to implement vocabulary strategies consistently across their academic ESL programs and to do so may mean that instructors need professional learning opportunities related to teaching academic vocabulary.

Join us in congratulating Laura Brogdon, math teacher at Shawnee Mission West, C&T alumnus, and recipient of the Educating Excellence Award from Perceptive Software and the University of Kansas School of Engineering! Video: http://flash.smsd.org/index.php?vidid=501
"Can't express my gratitude enough." - #KUSOE Scholarship Recipient. Apply for yours now: http://t.co/fgQZvo4RFp http://t.co/ky8AhBUMBM

Why KU
  • Associate professor Diane Nielsen involved in $120 million project to overhaul how reading is taught to children by 2015
  • School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • 3.35: average GPA of students admitted to teacher education program
  • All teacher education programs accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • All teacher education programs accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education
  • Alumni have been named Kansas Teacher of the Year
  • Alumni have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Horizon Award