Curriculum, Instruction & Special Education
Welcome to the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education at the Curry School of Education and Human Development! In the CISE department, we offer a range of exciting programs for students interested in becoming a teacher, for current teachers interested in strengthening their expertise, for emerging leaders in instructional design and technology across multiple practice domains, or for students seeking a flexible degree program that can lead to a better understanding of the broad landscape surrounding curriculum, teaching, and learning in contemporary classrooms and in museum, adult training, and consumer education.
CISE department faculty work collaboratively to prepare individuals to work in America’s educational system, pre-K through 12 levels, as well as in the design of formal and informal learning employing a range of learning technologies. We are committed to developing exemplary and innovative approaches to supporting teaching and learning in order to improve and enrich the schooling experiences of all students. We work with practitioners in schools, academic content experts, policy makers, technology innovators, and others to develop programs that prepare outstanding teachers, teacher educators, curriculum developers, researchers, instructional designers, and personnel who make a difference in the field of education.
Please explore our offerings to the right to find one that fits your background, interests, and professional goals! We offer degree programs and areas of specialization across content areas (English Education, Social Studies Education, Math Education, Foreign Language Education, Science Education, Reading Education, Special Education) as well as practice domains (early childhood, special education, elementary, middle and secondary, gifted education, adult and instructional design generalists). Online master’s degrees are available or in development in several areas (Reading, Curriculum & Instruction, Instructional Technology), with multiple online courses now available.
- Curriculum & Instruction
- ESL Education
- Gifted Education
- Instructional Technology
- Mindfulness in Education
- Reading Education
- Science Education
- Special Education
- Teacher Education
Research being conducted and tools created by CISE faculty:
- Contemplative Teaching and Learning Lab
- Engineering Design Initiative
- Project Parallax
- Robert H. Tai Research Group
Community programs and workshops offered in partnership with CISE faculty:
Abigail Amoako Kayser Postdoctoral Research AssociateChristina M. Amspaugh Assistant Professor of Education, Gifted Education Focus Area CoordinatorOttilie Austin Associate Professor of Education, Outreach CoordinatorRobert Q. Berry, III Samuel Braley Gray Professor of EducationCatherine Brighton Professor of Education, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student AffairsGlen L. Bull Professor of Education, Co-Director, Center for Technology & Teacher EducationCourtney Sullivan Northern Virginia Academic Program OfficerCarolyn M. Callahan Commonwealth Professor of EducationTimothy Cannon Media DesignerVivien M. Chabalengula Associate Professor of Education, Online MEd Science Education AdvisorChris Chang-Bacon Assistant Professor of EducationJennifer Chiu Associate Professor of EducationKyong Mi Choi Associate Professor of EducationJulia Jackson Cohen Assistant Professor of EducationJohn J. Comazzi Associate Professor of Education, Director of Design ThinkingLysandra Cook Associate Professor of EducationBryan Cook Professor of EducationKaren G. Dwier Administrative & Program Specialist IIIMark Elliott Department Administrator, CISEWilliam A. Ferster Assistant Research Professor, Director of Visualization for SHANTISarah Fick Research Assistant ProfessorDonna Fisher Administrative & Program Specialist IIIJoe Garofalo Associate Professor of Education, Co-Director, Center for Technology and Teacher EducationAllison Lynn Gray Data Analyst and Visualization SpecialistJulie Gray Assistant Professor of EducationPatrice Preston Grimes Associate Professor of EducationLauren Hauser Reading Education and Outreach SpecialistLatisha Hayes Associate Professor of Education, Director, McGuffey Reading CenterNatasha A. Heny Assistant Professor of EducationAnne-Marie Evans Howard Education Support Specialist, PALSYoujia Hua Associate Professor of EducationPatricia A. Jennings Professor of EducationAnne Jewett Assistant Professor of EducationMichael J. Kennedy Associate Professor of EducationErin K. Kosteva PSP and Non-Credit Reading SpecialistGail E. Lovette Assistant Professor of Education, Research FacultyJennifer L. Maeng Research Assistant ProfessorJeffrey Martin Young Writers Workshop Co-DirectorAnita McGinty Research Associate ProfessorJillian McGraw Director of Teacher EducationRebecca McGregor Project CoordinatorTracy Christine Missett Director of SEPStephanie L. Moore Assistant Professor of Education, Online Learning CoordinatorStephanie Morano Assistant Professor of EducationFrackson Mumba Associate Professor of EducationReNita Parrish Administrative and Program Specialist IIIJudy Paulick Assistant Professor of EducationJennifer S. Pease Assistant Professor of EducationStephen P. Plaskon Associate Professor of Education, Director of Studies, Brown Residential CollegeApril Salerno Assistant Professor of EducationCarrie Simkin Assistant Professor of EducationEmily Solari Professor of EducationSusan Thacker-Gwaltney Assistant Professor of EducationWilliam J Therrien Professor of EducationStanley C. Trent Associate Professor of EducationStephanie D. van Hover Professor of Education, Dept. Chair, Curriculum, Instruction and Special EducationGinger Watson Associate ProfessorGinger Watson-Papelis Associate Professor of EducationBrian Weisbrod Financial Operations Associate, CISEMatthew Wheelock Associate Professor of Education, Innovation Program Area DirectorEleanor V. Wilson Associate Professor of EducationPeter Youngs Professor of Education