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The Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Houston College of Education prepares teachers, teacher leaders and other educators committed to student success and lifelong learning. We offer an award-winning teacher education program and specialized graduate programs to help professionals advance their careers. Specifically, we offer a B.S. in teaching and learning, an education minor, an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction, an Ed.D. in professional leadership and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. As part of a Tier One public research university in a diverse, dynamic city, we strive to end inequities in education in Houston and beyond. Join us!

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We offer the following programs to help students become certified teachers in Texas:

We’re proud to be a three-time winner of the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award from the Association of Teacher Educators. We’ve also earned a commendation from the Texas Education Agency for “Innovative Educator Preparation,” and our program diversity and selectivity has been recognized by the National Council on Teacher Quality. Our students participate in a yearlong student-teaching internship with strong mentor support, giving them real world experience that sets them apart from their peers.


We offer master’s and doctoral programs with various specializations to meet your career goals.

Doctoral Programs
  • Ph.D. in curriculum & instruction
    • Art education
    • Bilingual/ESL education
    • Early childhood education
    • Learning, design & technology
    • Literacy education
    • Mathematics education
    • Science education
    • Social studies/social education
    • Teaching/teacher education



A sampling of faculty, staff, student and alumni happenings:

Grace Lee, who earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction — bilingual/ESL education in 2023, won first place in the Texas Association for Bilingual Education’s 2023 dissertation award competition.

At least 12 department alumni have won Teacher of the Year (TOY) awards for 2023-24: Jaquelin Alvarez, Kingwood Middle School in Humble ISD (Rookie TOY); Delmi Antunez Valdez, Smith Elementary School in Aldine ISD (Bilingual TOY); Beatrice Cruz, Queens Intermediate School in Pasadena ISD (New TOY); Brianna Damián, Kranz Junior High School in Dickinson ISD (First Year TOY); Jesus Esparza, DeAnda Elementary School in Houston ISD (Beginning TOY)Aleida Gonzalez, Jessup Elementary in Pasadena ISD (New TOY); Caroline Hill, Carolyn and Vernon Madden Elementary in Fort Bend ISD (Rookie TOY)Elizabeth Maldonado, Morales Elementary in Pasadena ISD (New TOY); Asma Mohd, Mission Bend Glen Elementary in Fort Bend ISD; Fathima Noordeen, Malala Elementary in Fort Bend ISD (Rookie TOY)Megan Proulx, Kingwood Middle School in Humble ISD; and Anna Suarez, Robertson Elementary in Katy ISD.

Bernadette Castillo, a clinical assistant professor of teaching/teacher education, will become program chair of the American Educational Research Association’s Latina/o/x Research Issues special interest group for the 2024-25 academic year.

Deirdre Riordan, who earned an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction – learning, design and technology in 2016 and an Ed.D. in professional leadership – K-12 in 2022, has been named principal at Cage Elementary in the Houston Independent School District. 


  • 800+CUIN students
  • 95%Overall passing rate on certification exams (TEA)
  • 1.5MHouston-area K-12 students
  • 1stFounding member of US PREP reform coalition
  • 3-Time WinnerTeacher Education “Distinguished Program” (ATE)
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Department of Curriculum & Instruction
University of Houston College of Education
3657 Cullen Blvd.
Farish Hall, Suite 236
Houston, Texas 77204-5029

Department phone: 713-743-0958