Curriculum and Instruction is a graduate study option that focuses on the nature and interaction of curriculum, teaching, and learning. With a shared commitment to equity, democracy, and justice in education and society, we employ diverse disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological approaches to the teaching and learning of powerful knowledge. This commitment motivates our research in the Seattle area, across the state, and around the world. Our scholarship examines how social, cultural, political, and historical factors permeate the day-to-day experiences of educators, youth, and communities—from the preparation of teachers, to decisions about which knowledge students should learn at school and which instructional methods accomplish which purposes. We collaborate with communities, educators, youth, and scholars in other fields, and, together, we reimagine, implement, and study approaches to curriculum and instruction, moving the field toward more equitable outcomes for youth and their communities.
Students in our program develop an intellectual foundation for grappling with the core questions of C & I:
What knowledge and skills are of most worth? (curriculum)
How best can they be taught and learned, in what settings, by whom, and by what means? (instruction)
What opportunities do students have to learn them, and how can those opportunities be expanded and enriched? (opportunities to learn)
C&I students develop specialized knowledge in one of the following areas: mathematics; social studies; science; language, literacy and culture; multicultural education; and teacher education. Master's program graduates pursue work in a range of public and private settings as educators, instructional leaders, and curriculum developers. Doctoral graduates typically work as researchers and teachers in universities, non-profit organizations, research institutes, and schools.
A UW study of several district research partnerships attempting to implement central office improvement programs backed by research found successful efforts require internal leaders who want to learn and improve along with their staff.