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
- 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:
Mary P. Abouzeid Professor EmeritusAbigail Amoako Kayser Postdoctoral Research AssociateChristina M. Amspaugh Assistant Professor, Gifted Education Focus Area CoordinatorOttilie Austin Associate Professor, Outreach CoordinatorRobert Q. Berry, III ProfessorCatherine Brighton Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student AffairsGlen L. Bull Professor, Co-Director, Center for Technology & Teacher EducationCourtney Bullock Northern Virginia Academic Program OfficerCarolyn M. Callahan Commonwealth Professor of EducationTimothy Cannon Media DesignerVivien M. Chabalengula Associate Professor , Online MEd Science Education AdvisorJennifer Chiu Associate ProfessorKyong Mi Choi Associate ProfessorJulia Jackson Cohen Assistant ProfessorJohn J. Comazzi Associate Professor and Director of Design ThinkingLysandra Cook Associate Professor of EducationBryan Cook Professor of EducationElizabeth Kimbrough Davis CISE Spencer Research SpecialistKaren G. Dwier Administrative & Program Specialist IIIMark Elliott Department Administrator, CISEKimberly Ann Evert Research AssociateRuth Ferree Assistant ProfessorWilliam A. Ferster Assistant Research Professor, Director of Visualization for SHANTISarah Fick Research Assistant ProfessorDonna Fisher Administrative & Program Specialist IIIKaren L. Ford Assistant Professor, Research FacultyJoe Garofalo Associate Professor, Co-Director, Center for Technology and Teacher EducationAllison Lynn Gray Data Analyst and Visualization SpecialistJulie Gray Assistant ProfessorPatrice Preston Grimes Associate ProfessorLauren Hauser Reading Education and Outreach SpecialistLatisha Hayes Associate Professor, Director, McGuffey Reading CenterNatasha A. Heny Assistant ProfessorAdria R. Hoffman Director of Clinical Practice and PartnershipsAnne-Marie Evans Howard Education Support Specialist, PALSYoujia Hua Associate Professor of EducationMarcia A. Invernizzi Professor EmeritusPatricia A. Jennings ProfessorMichael J. Kennedy Associate ProfessorErin K. Kosteva PSP and Non-Credit Reading SpecialistGail E. Lovette Assistant Professor, Research FacultyJennifer L. Maeng Research Assistant ProfessorJeffrey Martin Young Writers Workshop Co-DirectorAnita McGinty Research Associate ProfessorJillian McGraw Director of Teacher EducationRebecca McGregor Project CoordinatorSusan L. Mintz Associate ProfessorTracy Christine Missett Director of SEPStephanie L. Moore Assistant Professor, Online Learning CoordinatorStephanie Morano Assistant Professor Special EducationFrackson Mumba Associate ProfessorReNita Parrish Administrative and Program Specialist IIIJudy Paulick Assistant Professor of EducationJennifer S. Pease Assistant ProfessorStephen P. Plaskon Associate Professor, Director of Studies, Brown Residential CollegeApril Salerno Assistant ProfessorCarrie Simkin Assistant ProfessorEmily Solari Professor of EducationSusan Thacker-Gwaltney Assistant ProfessorWilliam J Therrien ProfessorStanley C. Trent Associate ProfessorStephanie D. van Hover Professor, Dept. Chair, Curriculum, Instruction and Special EducationGinger Watson-Papelis Associate Professor of EducationBrian Weisbrod Financial Operations Associate, CISEMatthew Wheelock Associate Professor of Education, Innovation Program Area DirectorEleanor V. Wilson Associate ProfessorPeter Youngs Professor