The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is one of the premier research and teaching departments devoted to understanding the complex world of teaching, learning, curriculum, and policy. Faculty pursue a diverse array of research combining experience in schools with expertise drawn from a range of disciplinary fields. This world-class research is the foundation of its work preparing future teachers and the next generation of educational researchers.
Undergraduate programs are offered in the areas listed below. Upon successful completion of their program of study, candidates are certified and eligible for a Wisconsin teaching license obtained through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Note: Students at UW–Madison become certified to teach middle and high school English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies subjects only through graduate-level coursework, not as undergraduates. Information about the master's degree program is available at uwteach.org and the Curriculum and Instruction website. Science certification areas include Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Environmental Studies, Physics, and Broad Field Science. UW–Madison offers certification in the Social Studies areas of Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Broad Field Social Studies.
The World Language Education Program (currently Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese and Spanish) will be suspended in the fall of 2020. A new, graduate-level program in World Language Education is under development and will provide teacher certification in these languages.
Communication Sciences and Disorders, BSE
Earth Science, Minor
Elementary Education, BSE
English Language Arts, Minor
French, SED Minor
Game Design, Certificate
German, SED Minor
Italian, SED Minor
Mathematics and Science Dual, Minor
Mathematics Specialized, Minor
Political Science, Minor
Portuguese, SED Minor
Science Specialized, Minor
Social Studies, Minor
Spanish, SED Minor
Information about faculty, staff, and other contributors to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction can be found on the department's website.
Information about scholarships, academic and career advising, study abroad opportunities, student diversity services, and other resources for students in the School of Education can be found on the school's Resources page.