Admission to the major in elementary education is limited. See “Limited Admissions and Limited Retention Requirements” in this catalog.
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers course work in elementary education; middle level teaching and learning; and literacy, intercultural, and language education; including work in reading, the language arts, children’s literature, bilingual education, English as a second language, social studies education, science education, teacher education, and multicultural education.
The department offers the B.S.Ed. degree with a major in elementary education, which meets State of Illinois approval. Candidates who successfully complete the program and pass the state mandated Teacher Performance Assessment will have completed all required ISBE and CAEP standards for receiving university recommendation for licensure. Successful completion of a program without receipt of a passing score on the state mandated Teacher Performance Assessment may result in the candidate receiving a degree without university recommendation for licensure.
Curriculum and Instruction Faculty
Donna E. Werderich, Ed.D., Northern Illinois University, associate professor, acting chair
Brenda Aranda, Ph.D., University of Texas at El Paso, assistant professor
James A. Cohen, Ph.D., Arizona State University, associate professor
Mayra C. Daniel, Ed.D., Illinois State University, associate professor
Laurie Elish-Piper, Ph.D., University of Akron, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Presidential Engagement Professor
Joseph Flynn, Ph.D., Michigan State University, associate professor
Mary Beth Henning, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, professor
Melanie D. Koss, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago, associate professor
Jodi Lampi, Ph.D., Texas State University, assistant professor
Eui-kyung Shin, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, associate professor
John Evar Strid, Ph.D., Northwestern University, assistant professor
Melanie Walski, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, assistant professor
Corrine M. Wickens, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, associate professor, acting associate chair
Elizabeth Wilkins, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, professor
C. Sheldon Woods, Ph.D., Kansas State University, associate professor