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Curriculum and Instruction

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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.

Drs. Jeong Hee Kim and Heather Greenhalgh-Spencer

Drs. Jeong Hee Kim and Heather Greenhalgh-Spencer lead the Curriculum & Instruction Department as Chair and Associate Chair respectively.

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Contact Us

Brandi StephensAcademic AdvisorOffice of Graduate Admissions & Enrollmentbrandi.stephens@ttu.edu 806-834-4554

Teresa NealAdmin. Business AssistantCurriculum & Instructionteresa.neal@ttu.edu 806-834-2733

Kim, Jeong-Hee,

Kim, Jeong-Hee, Ph.D.Professor, Department ChairCurriculum & Instructionjeong-hee.kim@ttu.edu 806-834-6075

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:

Learn more and view the complete list of Graduate Certificates available through the College of Education.


Graduate Assistants

Jacinto, Alberto

Jacinto, Alberto, Ph.D.Post-doctoral Research AssociateCurriculum & Instructionalberto.jacinto@ttu.edu

Departmental Highlights


Dr. Mellinee Lesley, Professor, Language and Literacy, along with her Master's students engaged in a service-learning research project over best practices for literacy instruction in virtual and blended K-12 classrooms.

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Dr. Dan Kelly, Assistant Professor, STEM Education, has two articles on pandemic pedagogy being prepared for publication, one with a K-12 emphasis, the other with a focus on Higher Education.

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Dr. René Saldaña, Associate Professor of Language, Diversity, and Literacy studies, was recently named a Texas Tech University Integrated Scholar for demonstrating significant accomplishments and effective synergy among the major professorial functions of teaching, research, and service. Dr. Saldaña also continues to write novels for children and young adults.

Book cover of The Jumping Tree, by Rene Saldana

Dr. Rebecca Hite engaged in collaborative research on the impact of COVID-19 disruptions in STEM Education. Her manuscripts are currently under review by the International Journal of STEM Education (co-authored with College of Education colleagues Gina Childers and Jerry Dwyer, also of the C&I program, and Jessica Gottlieb, a member of the EPLC faculty) and the Electronic Journal for Research in Science and Mathematics Education.

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Joseph Acaba

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.

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