Curriculum & Instruction - University of Houston
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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
  • Ph.D. in curriculum & instruction
    • Art education
    • Bilingual/ESL education
    • Early childhood education
    • Learning, design & technology
    • Literacy education
    • Mathematics education
    • Science education
    • Social studies/social education
    • Teaching/teacher education



A sampling of faculty, staff, student and alumni happenings:

Steven Wei, who earned an Ed.D. in professional leadership – health science education in 2021, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology. 

Bernadette Castillo, a clinical assistant professor of teaching/teacher education, will become program chair of the American Educational Research Association’s Latina/o/x Research Issues special interest group for the 2024-25 academic year.

Three-time UH graduate Michael Ahlf, an assistant manager in the College’s technology department, won a first-place research award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology’s Division of Distance Learning. Associate Professor Sara McNeil was the second author on the paper.

Distinguished Professor Alberto J. Rodriguez has been invited to be part of the core planning group of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Collaborative for Advancing Science Teaching and Learning in K-12.


  • 800+CUIN students
  • 95%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