Curriculum and Instruction
About the Department
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is committed to serving diverse stakeholders in K-12 and beyond through excellence in teaching, research, and service in order to improve education using innovative practices to create positive change in the dynamic global society in which we all live.
The core values of the Curriculum & Instruction department include social justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and fairness for all, regardless of differences in race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion, age, (dis)ability, sexual orientation, language, and culture.
We believe that our role as educators and researchers is not only to foster the well-being of our stakeholders but also to create a learning environment in which everyone can succeed.
Dr. Jeong Hee Kim, Department Chair
Dr. Rebecca Hite, Interim Associate Department Chair
- M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
- M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Curriculum Studies/Teacher Education (CSTE)
- M.Ed. in Language & Literacy
- M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in STEM
- M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Blended Learning/Personalized Learning
- M.Ed. in Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language (ESL)
- M.Ed. in Instructional Technology
- Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
- Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Track in Curriculum Studies/Teacher Education
- Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Track in Language, Diversity & Literacy Studies
- Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Track in STEM Education
- Ed.D. in Instructional Technology
Certificates & Certifications
The College of Education offers two types of non-degree programs: professional certification, necessary to be licensed and/or practice at an advanced level in your chosen career and Graduate Certificates, which provide an additional credential in your field of study but do not necessarily lead to licensure. Graduate Certificates can also be used as an introduction into your chosen master's degree program.
Certification options in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction include:
Research & Honors
Dr. Comfort Pratt, Associate Professor of Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language, received the 2022 YWCA Women of Excellence Award for Education, and was inducted into the Women of Excellence Academy on March 3, 2022. The Women of Excellence program honors women of Lubbock who have achieved excellence in their careers and whose contributions have been crucial to the success of business, industry, community organizations, and the community. Among Dr. Pratt's accomplishments that were highlighted were her numerous awards in all aspects of her career and her passionate devotion to the creation of language programs that benefit not only higher education but also PreK-12 students. Her Lubbock Spanish Spelling Bee and poetry competitions have contributed tremendously to the enhancement of Spanish in the school districts, and her publications have provided crucial information for the teaching of Spanish and French and brought into focus issues related to African Americans in Spanish programs. She has established various programs at Texas Tech University including a Spanish program, a master's program in Bilingual Education and ESL, and 5 study abroad programs. She is also the advisor of the university's chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, which organizes many programs in the university and the community and has won 17 consecutive National Honor Chapter Awards under her leadership.
Dr. Jongpil Cheon has been selected as an Integrated Scholar for 2022. Integrated Scholars are faculty who dedicate themselves to a course of lifelong learning and advance Texas Tech's role in educating, serving and inspiring others to do the same. Integrated Scholars are not only outstanding in teaching, research and service, but they are also able to generate synergy among the three functions.
The “Texas Education Policy Fellowship Program (TX-EPFP)” project was selected for the Texas Tech's 2022 President's Emerging Engaged Scholarship Award. The award recognizes the commitments made by Drs. Rebecca Hite, Jon McNaughtan, and Jessica Gottlieb to engage meaningfully with community partners and to produce positive impacts on the university and the greater Texas community. The TX-EPFP is a nine-month intensive professional development program for emerging and mid-level leaders in education and education related fields. We provide rich and robust a/synchronous and in-person experiences to both educate and empower fellows in their work for sound education policy and practice in the state of Texas. The TX-EPFP fellows participate in a variety of unique activities to discover the multifaceted aspects of education policy with experts across the state, develop their leadership skills through practice, expand their professional networks, and explore equitable avenues for fostering positive impact for stakeholders and communities within Texas education. TX-EPFP is affiliated with the Center for Research in Leadership and Education at Texas Tech University.
December 11, 2020
Joseph Acaba, who earned a master’s degree in 2015 from the Curriculum and Instruction program, was one of 18 astronauts selected for the team.