Curriculum & Instruction

A student-teacher works with children.
A student-teacher works with children.

Welcome to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (CIED) at the University of Arkansas. Curriculum and Instruction is the academic unit primarily responsible for teacher and school administrator preparation at the university.

The department offers numerous programs and concentrations at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Many of these degree programs are among the best programs in the nation. In fact, the department's Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) preparation program was recently recognized as one of the leading teacher preparation programs in the United States by the American Association of Teacher Educators. The newest initial licensure program is the B.S.E. in Special Education.

There are few greater or more important professions than teaching. Think about the people in your own life who have made a big difference. You're likely to be thinking about at least one teacher! Think about all of the lives of children you can influence if you teach 5, 10, 20 or more years. If you teach at the elementary level and teach 22 students each year for 20 years, you have just had a major impact on more than 400 individuals. If you teach at the secondary level, and you teach five classes each day with 20 students each, and you teach for 20 years, you have had the opportunity to influence more than 2,000 individuals! Almost every adult in the United States can identify one or more teachers who were instrumental in their lives and made a difference. Become a teacher and you too can make a difference in the lives of students!

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers programs leading to Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E) degrees, Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees, Master of Science (M.S.) degrees, Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degrees, Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degrees, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Individuals can receive a teaching license at the childhood education level (grades K-6), secondary level (grades 7-12), special education (grades K-12), endorsements in gifted and talented (grades K-12) and ESL (grades K-12) and various administrative licenses as well as additional licensure programs in most licensure areas.