The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate teacher certification programs. Our BA/BS programs encompass elementary grades EC-6, middle school grades 4-8 and secondary education grades 7-12 in STEM, bilingual and special education. Our online MED/MA/MS degrees in Curriculum & Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Reading, or Secondary Education prepare you to teach in your content area. At the doctoral level, we offer Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction with a multitude of areas to help you focus your passion.
Develop in-depth understanding of multicultural learning environments and learn to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students with our interdisciplinary studies bachelor’s degree program. If you seek to become a bilingual teacher, who provides instruction in both Spanish and English, this program requires Spanish literacy. If you seek to become an ESL teacher, who provides instruction in English, you do not need foreign language literacy.
Where It Is Offered Commerce, Corsicana (Navarro College), McKinney (CHEC), Mesquite
Our bachelor’s degree with middle school certification offers a number of specialties, allowing you to concentrate on specific interests. Learn to design engaging lessons, develop curriculum for diverse students and foster an inclusive learning environment.
Where It Is Offered Commerce, Corsicana (Navarro College), McKinney (CHEC), Mesquite
Become specialized in bilingual education. You’ll the foundation of bilingual/ESL education and how to assess, create and deliver specialized content for bilingual students. It is highly recommended for you to know Spanish.
The major in early childhood education prepares graduates for careers in both public and private educational settings in which the primary focus is young children. A graduate with a major in early childhood education should possess competencies in the knowledge of physiological and psychological development of children birth through fourth grade, curriculum theory and development, effective instructional strategies for young children, and the administration and management of classrooms and facilities for young children.
This degree involves 18 hours of study in the major and 18 hours of electives which allows students to take additional courses in the major, focus on an area of interest, or qualify to teach high school dual credit classes or at the community college level.
Students who are interested in developing depth and breadth of expertise in curriculum and instructional leadership at the secondary school level should choose the major in secondary education. The secondary education curriculum will equip graduates with proficiency in designing and conducting action research to improve classroom and school practices, the design, implementation and evaluation of secondary school curriculum, the selection of teaching models to address the learning and achievement of secondary school students, and the selection and design of curriculum and instruction reflecting philosophical systems in the middle school and high school environments.
This degree prepares graduate students for careers in K-12 public and private schools, regional educational training facilities, college and university settings, and research and development centers. A graduate with the Doctor of Education degree should possess competencies in research methods, statistics, curriculum, instructional design, learning, instructional strategies and effective teaching.
This certificate is ideal for students who either already hold a completed graduate degree or are actively in the process of earning a graduate degree and wish to earn this certificate in conjunction with their degree. In addition to the enhanced professional status that the Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) brings, this Certificate will enable the holder to meet the 18-hour SACS requirement to teach at the College level.
Curriculum and Instruction :: Welcome from the Department Head
Welcome from the Department Head
Welcome to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at A&M-Commerce. The department offers knowledge of content and pedagogy while motivating our students for complex thinking in the classroom. We provide effective feedback and support student learning in forming relationships with families and communities.
Our faculty is comprised of outstanding educators who have earned their credentials from universities all throughout the US and have an abundance of practical experience teaching in K-12 classrooms. We invite you to explore our exceptional education and research opportunities.
TAMUC Virtual Guest Lecturer Duncan Draws International Crowd
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at A&M-Commerce hosted a guest lecture by Sandra Duncan, Ed.D., via Zoom on April 10. The virtual event drew a large, international attendance with 179 registrants from across the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. A noted author, Duncan presented The Honeycomb Hypothesis: A New Perspective on Children’s […]
TAMUC Faculty Member Revamps Historic Doll Experiment
Toni Sturdivant, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at A&M-Commerce, recently published an article wherein she revisits the famous doll test first demonstrated by psychology researchers Kenneth and Mammie Clark in the 1940s. The husband and wife team used dolls to investigate how young Black children viewed their racial identity. The research eventually served as […]
TAMUC Professor Co-Authors Innovative Literacy and Bilingual Education Book
A&M-Commerce Assistant Professor Alexandra Babino, Ph.D., recently published a new book, “Radicalizing Literacies and Languaging: A Framework toward Dismantling the Mono-Mainstream Assumption.” Babino co-authored the book with Dr. Mary Amanda Stewart, associate professor of literacy at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Babino, who serves as an assistant professor and co-coordinator of the Supervision, Curriculum […]
Naizer Receives SSMA Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Gil Naizer, professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas A&M University-Commerce, received the George G. Mallinson Distinguished Service Award, presented by the School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA). The award recognizes notable service to the organization, including substantial participation and leadership in SSMA activities such as paper presentations, committee and membership […]
A&M-Commerce Alumna Named Rookie Science Teacher of the Year
The Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) recently named Cheyenne Hunter as its Rookie Science Teacher of the Year. Hunter earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce, specializing in mathematics and science. Hunter teaches sixth-grade science at O. Henry Elementary School in Richardson, Texas. In her first year at the school, she hosted the […]
A&M-Commerce Named One of Nation’s Top Teacher Prep Programs by NCTQ
The undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program at A&M-Commerce has been named among the top in the country by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a nonpartisan, not-for-profit research and policy organization that advocates for teacher training in classroom management strategies. In October, NCTQ released its 2020 Teacher Prep Review: Clinical Practice and Classroom Management, […]
Rocio Almanza, a teacher at Mesquite Independent School District, recently received a one-year scholarship from the district toward her doctorate at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Almanza is pursuing a doctorate in curriculum and instruction through the Excellence in Teaching Incentive Program (ETIP), a partnership between A&M-Commerce and Mesquite ISD. ETIP encourages the district’s teachers to pursue […]
A&M-Commerce, Mesquite ISD Partner to Increase Educator Mastery and Retention
Dr. Susan Williams, director of the Mesquite ISD/TAMUC Partnership at Texas A&M University-Commerce, recently shared information about the Excellence in Teaching Incentive Program (ETIP), a collaboration between Texas A&M University-Commerce and Mesquite Independent School District (MISD). ETIP encourages the district’s educators to pursue master’s and doctorate level degrees. Upon completion of the program, participating educators […]
Buildings Lit Up in Blue at All 11 Texas A&M University System Campuses for World Teachers’ Day
BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Blue lights will shine bright on Texas A&M University System campuses across Texas on Monday in recognition of World Teachers’ Day. The 11 universities in the A&M System will illuminate a total of 27 iconic buildings and landmarks. “We want to celebrate World Teachers’ Day in a big way all across […]
A&M-Commerce Alumna Accepts Newly-Created Position at Cedar Hill ISD
Dr. Kisha McDonald, a graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce, took over a newly-created role with Cedar Hill Independent School District in June. As executive director of school leadership for grades six through twelve, McDonald oversees secondary education at five schools in the Cedar Hill district. McDonald earned her doctorate in supervision, curriculum and instruction from […]