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Leadership Announcement: Professor Cathy Horn assumed the role of dean of the College of Education on June 1.

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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
    • Bilingual/ESL education
    • Early childhood
    • Learning, design & technology
    • Mathematics education
    • Literacy education
    • Science
    • Social studies
    • Teaching



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

Jie Zhang, an associate professor of bilingual education and associate department chair, was selected as a 2023 Scholar for the Getting SMART: Comprehensive Program for Adaptive Interventions Training in Education.

Charles Moore, who earned a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction – reading and language arts education in 2020, has been named president of the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts.

Graduate student Georgina Castilleja received the 2023 Mercedes Bonner Leadership award from the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts. Castilleja is pursuing an Ed.D. in professional leadership – literacy education.

At least eight CUIN alumni and current students have won Teacher of the Year (TOY) awards for 2022-23:

  • Alex Botelho, Carter Academy in Aldine ISD (Rookie TOY)
  • Yessica Castillo, Cornelius Elementary School in Houston ISD (Houston Area Association for Bilingual Educators TOY)
  • Mariana Flores, Bellfort Early Childhood Center in Houston ISD (Houston Area Association for Bilingual Educators TOY)
  • Angel Hicks, Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators for Fort Bend ISD (Secondary TOY)
  • Andrea Jaime, Roosevelt Elementary in Houston ISD (TOY)
  • Eastman Landry, Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in HISD (TOY)
  • Laura Sandling, Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators for Houston ISD (TOY)
  • Mavenys Shavers, Seven Lakes Junior High School in Katy ISD (Rookie TOY)



  • 1,200+CUIN students
  • 93%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