May 18, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 

Curriculum and Instruction (LTCY, LTIC, LTLA, LTRE, MLTL, TLCI, TLEE)

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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 in addition to course work in curriculum and instruction.

The department offers the B.S.Ed. degree with either a major in elementary education, to prepare candidates to obtain professional educator licensure in grades 1-6; or a major in middle level teaching and learning, to prepare candidates to obtain professional educator licensure in grades 5-8, which meet State of Illinois approval. Candidates who successfully complete one of these programs 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 one of these programs 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 in grades 1-6(elementary education) or 5-8 (middle level grades).

Curriculum and Instruction Faculty

Sally Blake, Ph.D., University of Mississippi, professor, chair
James A. Cohen, Ph.D., Arizona 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
Melanie D. Koss, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, professor
Jodi Lampi, Ph.D., Texas State University, associate professor
David Nieto​, Ph.D.​, University of Massachusetts at Boston, assistant professor
David Paige, Ed.D., University of Memphis, professor
Mariana Ricklefs,​ Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, assistant professor
Eui-kyung Shin, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, professor
John Evar Strid, Ph.D., Northwestern University, associate professor
Kimberlyn Suedbeck​, Ed.D., National Lewis University, clinical assistant professor ​
Donna E. Werderich, Ed.D., Northern Illinois University, professor
Corrine M. Wickens, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, professor
Elizabeth Wilkins, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, professor
C. Sheldon Woods, Ph.D., Kansas State University, associate professor

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