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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 undergraduate 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



Two Department of Curriculum & Instruction faculty members were honored for their contributions to the second year of UH’s “50-in-5” research initiative. The follow professors were recognized for major grants: Conra Gist and Amber Thompson.

At least 10 alumni have won Teacher of the Year (TOY) awards from their schools for 2021-22: Vanessa Cerrato, Houston ISD’s Eliot Elementary (TOY); Gilbert Garza, Houston ISD’s Pugh Elementary (Beginning TOY); Sandra Gonzalez, Houston ISD’s Cornelius Elementary (Beginning TOY); Adrienne Laygan, Humble ISD’s Fall Creek Elementary (TOY); Michele Lytle, Fort Bend ISD’s Thurgood Marshall High School (TOY); Pamela Mandujano-Gómez, Houston ISD’s Jefferson Elementary (New TOY); Elizabeth Matehuala, Houston ISD’s Pugh Elementary (TOY and the Houston Area Association for Bilingual Educators TOY); Reenee Palacios, Alief ISD’s Collins Elementary (TOY); Sandra Ramirez, Aldine ISD’s Orange Grove Elementary (Rookie TOY) and Vanessa Trejo, Houston ISD's Rucker Elementary (TOY). 

David Graham, who earned a master’s in curriculum and instruction in 2014, won Administrator of the Year at Texas City High School in Texas City ISD. This is the second consecutive year he has won the honor.

Alex Jones, who earned a B.S. in teaching and learning in 2006 and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction in 2007, has accepted a position of science specialist for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Adrienne Aul, who earned an Ed.D. in professional leadership – mathematics education in 2020, has been named the new national math content coach for IDEA Public Schools focused on curriculum across Texas, Louisiana and Florida.


  • 1,100+CUIN students
  • 92%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