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Program Description

The Programs in Curriculum and Teaching is designed for teachers, administrators, and other educators who: (1) have received formal professional preparation in preschool through grade twelve teaching at an accredited college or university, and/or; (2) hold, or are eligible to receive, teacher certification.

Students will have opportunities to become experts in such areas as curriculum development, school change and reform initiatives, action research and other school- based inquiry strategies, and will gain perspectives on teaching as complex intellectual activity. The overarching intention of the program is to assist educators who expect to exert leadership in their school settings and with their colleagues.

Any applicant seeking initial teacher certification should apply for the preservice, or initial certification, M.A. program in Early Childhood Education or Elementary/ Inclusive Elementary Education.


  • Master of Arts

    • Points/Credits: 32

      Entry Terms: Summer/Fall

      Degree Requirements


      The MA in Curriculum and Teaching (MA-CURR) is a flexible but structured 32 point program. It provides students a core of common experiences, driving questions, and shared challenges in conjunction with the opportunity to shape a course of study reflective of their individual needs, interests, and purposes.

      The MA-CURR (as it is referred to for shorthand) is designed for educators practicing and/or aspiring to practice in a diversity of contexts, including but not limited to formal school and school district settings (whether as teachers, building leaders, coaches, mentors, cooperating teachers, and the like). Museum educators, community-based educators, activists, and many others also find the program a good fit. Some prior experience is recommended, but not required. A commitment to public education is welcome (but not required). In short, the program is for educators and the educationally minded who wish to deepen their knowledge, skill, and vision as teachers, educational leaders, and developers and designers of curriculum, broadly understood. The program is well-suited both to those who are at a highly exploratory point in their work and those who have very clear ideas of where they want to bear down in their studies. Either way, we seek students who are intellectually curious and who want to play an active role in shaping their own course of study.

      Core tenets of the program are:

      • Teachers are necessarily and rightly adapters and designers of curriculum;

      • Curriculum specialists are properly grounded in and informed by first-hand understanding of teaching and learning and real contexts;

      • Inquiry is central to the tasks of education at every point;

      • Educators in all contexts have the responsibility to orient their work to, and assess it in light of, ever-present, variously manifested, needs for and goals of social justice.

      Structurally, the program is organized around a core of common coursework, and associated field experience, dealing with principles, history, and skills of curriculum design and of pedagogy, in context of an alert and critical attention to social, ethical, professional and other challenges facing educators and children/young people in schools. Beyond these common requirements, MA students, working closely with an advisor, design a course of study reflecting their particular interests, needs, and desired area(s) of professional expertise. As a source of continuity, and a culminating activity, all students conduct an “Integrative Project,” focused on an issue, problem, and/or question identified by the student.

      Students in the MA-CURR take some courses, and engage in some joint activities, with students in other Curriculum and Teaching programs, in particular, the Master of Education (Ed.M) in C&T (60 points) and the MA in Curriculum and Teaching with Professional Certification, Elementary (MA-CUED) or Secondary (MA-CUSD). Faculty, as well as students, work together across all of these programs—all of which are devoted equally to the critical study and improvement of pedagogy, curriculum, and society.

      Please see “MA in Curriculum & Teaching Program Guide” for further information about program purposes, structure and expectations; and for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.



      All students are assigned an advisor upon admission. It is essential that students begin working with their advisor well before commencing their studies  at Teachers College. Advisors can help students decide what program timeline makes best sense for them; students and advisors work together to develop the Program Plan; students are required to consult with their advisor prior to initial course selection and registration.

      Please see “MA in Curriculum & Teaching Program Guide” for further information about advising.



      Requirements and schedule notes are correct as of publication. Please check the online schedule for most current scheduling information: In case of confusion, consult with your advisor. Students are responsible for meeting all program requirements. Please plan accordingly.

      Common (core) courses. All students in the MA in Curriculum & Teaching are required to take the following (14 points):

      C&T 4005    Principles of Teaching and Learning (4 credits) 

      Fall only (includes a required 50 hour field experience component: see below) To be taken concurrently with C&T 4502 semester 1

      C&T 4002    Curriculum Theory and History (3 cr) Fall, Spring, Summer

      C&T 4052    Designing Curriculum and Instruction (3 cr) Fall, Spring, & Summer; Consult with advisor to assure proper section

      One of the following age/level specific courses:

      C&T 4130    Critical Perspectives in Elementary Education (K - 6) (3 cr) Fall only; OR

      C&T 4145    Critical Perspectives in Secondary Education (3 cr) Fall only;

      OR    If teaching focus is in Early Childhood or Higher Education, consult with advisor

      C&T 4502.002    Integrative Project seminar (0-1 cr) Fall only

      Pre- or co-requisite: C&T 4005

      Register for section designated for MA-CURR students

      Consult with advisor regarding credit allotment

      C&T 4502.002    Integrative Project seminar (0-1 cr) Spring only

      To be taken immediately following first semester of C&T 4502

      Field Experience (in conjunction with C&T 4005)

      Students who are, while in the program, working in a school or other setting organized for teaching and learning may (but are not obliged to) do their field experience in that setting, although mostly not in their own classroom or comparable space, with program approval. In other cases, program staff work with students to find placements in New York City schools or informal educational spaces for 50 hours of observation and reflection on instructional practices, interactions between and among students and teachers, critical issues, curricular enactments, and design activities. The field placement typically spans ten weeks and averages five hours per week.

      Elective courses (18 points)

      In addition to the core courses, students create their own program plans in consultation with and subject to approval of advisor. Advisors may recommend coherent sets of courses or course possibilities aligned with particular student interests and departmental strengths, for example, early childhood, literacy, diversity, equity, urban education, inclusive education (elementary), gifted and talented education, further depth in curriculum theory and design. Advisors may also recommend or approve courses reflective of student interests that do not fit neatly into these categories but that cohere around other desires, needs, and purposes. Elective courses may be taken in the Department of Curriculum & Teaching, in other departments of Teachers College, and at Columbia University.

      Breadth Requirement

      In order to assure breadth of study, the College requires students to earn at least six credits at Teachers College (which may mean two or three courses) outside of their home department (i.e., outside of the Department of Curriculum and Teaching). MA CURR students frequently take more than six credits outside of the Department.

      Please note that a minimum of 20 credits (of the minimum of 32 required for the degree) must be earned in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching.

      The Integrative Project

      The Integrative Project is an opportunity for MA – CURR students to design and conduct a disciplined and substantial inquiry into an issue, problem, and/or question of particular interest, germane to the student’s curricular and/or pedagogical investments, educational and social values, and professional contexts and aims. Students’ inquiries may take multiple forms, for example, practice-based action research, design study, or academic paper synthesizing and critiquing prior research. In all cases, an end goal is for students to arrive at a well-grounded, articulated perspective and/or a set of recommendations for their own practice and continuing thought. Students present their projects, to colleagues, faculty, friends and family, at an “Academic Showcase” at the end of the spring term.

      Only 1 credit is earned for the Integrative Project (in CT 4502, see next), but the work is substantial, and spans two semesters/a full academic year. The two semester seminar sequence, CT 4502 fall and CT 4502 spring is the primary site for support in conceptualizing, designing, and carrying out the project. Full time students ordinarily take the seminar sequence beginning in their first fall semester. Part time students who will be enrolled for two fall and spring semesters ordinarily take the seminar sequence in their second fall and spring. (In other words, to whatever extent it may be possible, the seminar sequence is taken towards the end of a student’s studies.) Please note that the seminar may only be taken in consecutive fall and spring semesters. The Integrative Project is also supported in CT 4005 (Principles of Teaching and Learning), which must be taken prior to or concurrent with the fall semester of CT 4502. The critical observation and reflection on customs and practices of teaching, learning, curriculum, and assessment that play a big part in CT 4005, in conjunction with course readings and discussions, typically prompt  new or deepened thoughts, curiosities, and interests, and often lead to inquiry questions that may catalyze the Integrative Project.

      As noted, the Integrative Project is a substantial undertaking, one that demands significant independent effort on the student’s part. For this reason, students sometimes find it helpful to apply for a “Certificate of Equivalency” (“COE”) while conducting it—typically during the second semester of CT 4502. The COE is the student and advisor’s statement that, during the semester in question, the student is doing academic work equivalent to what is ordinarily done for a specified number of credits, but is not actually earning credit for the work. For example, a student might be conducting observations or interviews, and/or doing extensive readings, for their Integrative Project but are not required to receive credit in any course. Given this effort, a full time student (for example), might prefer to take ten credits of course work in a given term, and to apply for a two credit COE. In such a case, the student would be considered full time for Financial Aid purposes (and/or certain other purposes), even though they would be carrying less than the mandated full time allotment of credits. (In this same case, the student would thus have to earn those two credits at a later date. A COE does not count towards the degree.)

      Consult with your advisor if you think a COE may be helpful. You should, in any case, consult with your advisor early in your program—preferably, at initial advising—about when to take CT 4005 and CT 4502.

      New Student Advising and Online Registration

      Please see note above and in the MA in Curriculum and Teaching Program Guide: Newly admitted students need promptly to seek advising with the assigned advisor or Professor Roosevelt and begin to draft their Program Plan. A PIN (Personal Identification Number) will be assigned after consultation and agreement about first semester courses. The student will then be able to register for courses online. The Office of Admission may provide further information to assist you in the registration process (; 212-678-3710; If you have not been notified of your advisor, please seek guidance from the Program Director. 

      Graduation Deadlines

      Teachers College students must apply (i.e., declare their intent) to graduate by a specified date well in advance of each of the College’s three annual graduation dates: how-to-file-for-a-masters-degree/

      Please note there is only one commencement ceremony each academic year, at the end of the Spring Term     . Participation in this ceremony presumes successful completion of all degree requirements as of the end of the spring term. Under certain limited circumstances specified by the College, students in good standing who have not yet completed all degree requirements may also participate (“walk”) in the May ceremony. Please consult Registrar’s Office and/or your advisor about criteria and procedures for “walking” (taking part in the ceremony without yet being awarded the diploma).

      Graduation application due

      Degree awarded

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  • Master of Education

    • Points/Credits: 60

      Entry Terms: Summer/Fall

      Degree Requirements

      The Ed.M. is an advanced master’s degree (between an M.A. and an Ed.D.) that offers a flexible program of study focusing on leadership in curriculum and teaching in a range of educational settings. This degree program offers students the opportunity to develop specialized understandings and a capacity for leadership in curriculum and pedagogy. Leadership is interpreted broadly in this program to include developing curricula, studying teaching, designing professional development, and engaging in action research, all with a focus on challenging inequalities and imagining new possibilities for education.

      The Ed.M. is a 60-point program, with the possibility of transferring in 30 points from previous relevant graduate study. It does not lead to New York State certification as a teacher or building administrator. Two years of teaching experience or the equivalent is a prerequisite for admission. Many students hold an initial master's degree.

      The program of study for Ed.M. students is as follows:

      Curriculum & Teaching Courses

      A minimum of 15 points (including 9 points for core courses and 6 points for social context courses) must be taken in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching.

      Core Courses (9 points)

      • C&T 4002 Curriculum theory and history (3)
      • C&T 4005 Principles of teaching and learning (3-point option only)
      • C&T 4052 Designing curriculum and instruction (3-point option only) 

      Social Context Courses (at least 6 points selected from the following list of suggested courses)

      • C&T 4000 Disability in contexts
      • C&T 4001 Differentiating instruction in inclusive classrooms
      • C&T 4010 Immigration and curriculum
      • C&T 4078 Curriculum and teaching in urban areas
      • C&T 4114 Multicultural approaches to teaching young children
      • C&T 4145 Critical perspectives in secondary education
      • C&T 5037 Literacy, culture, and the teaching of reading
      • C&T 4004 School change
      • C&T 4023 Differentiated curriculum for gifted students
      • C&T 4032 Gender, difference, and curriculum
      • C&T 4121 Early childhood teaching strategies within a social context
      • C&T 4161 The teacher: Socio-historical, cultural contexts of teaching
      • C&T 4615 Young children and social policy: Issues and problems
      • C&T 5074 Curriculum and teaching policy
      • C&T 4199/5199 (Topics vary; consult course schedule)

      Out-of-Department Courses

      Students must also complete the College’s breadth requirement, which consists of three Teachers College courses taken outside of the Curriculum and Teaching Department.

      Breadth Courses (6 points)

      • Teachers College courses taken out of the C&T Department
      • See the course schedule for a sample of TC courses.

      Integrative Project

      An Integrative Project allows students to focus their studies on particular issues related to their professional background and aspirations in the field. Students begin conceptualizing this project in the EdM Project Seminar.

      C&T 5500: Ed.M. Project Seminar (1 point)

      An initiating seminar is usually taken in the fall semester of the first or second year of the program depending on the student’s individual timeline for program completion. The purpose of this seminar is to initiate a project that will integrate each student’s learning experiences and expand her/his knowledge and practice of leadership. The project may take a number of forms, including an article for publication, curriculum development and analysis, or action research. Students have a total of four semesters (not including summer semesters) to complete the integrative project.

      Additional Courses

      The Ed.M. program allows students considerable latitude to design a program of study in consultation with their advisor. Program advisors draw on knowledge of the many Teachers College programs and professors to help students construct a program of high interest, interdisciplinary coursework, and educational relevance. This flexibility allows Ed.M. students to select additional courses that support their unique professional goals for curriculum leadership.

      Internships | Research

      The program does not require an internship, but students may arrange an experience as part of their program plan. Research positions are available at the discretion of faculty. Search the TC Next Career Resources Portal for opportunities.

  • Doctor of Education

    • Points/Credits: 90

      Entry Terms: Fall Only

      Degree Requirements

      The Department of Curriculum and Teaching offers a single Doctor of Education program with different areas of concentration. The program requires 90 points of graduate study beyond the baccalaureate, 40 points of which may be transferred from previous graduate work at other institutions, should they meet requirements of the Teachers College degree.

      Applicants interested in the Ed.D. program in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching should consult the booklet, “Studying for the Ed.D. Degree in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching,” available from the Department of Curriculum and Teaching.

      The concentrations within the Ed.D. program are:

      • Curriculum Studies
      • Early Childhood Education
      • Early Childhood Policy
      • Educational Leadership and School Change
      • Gifted Education
      • Literacy Education
      • Urban and Multicultural Education

      Doctoral students in all concentrations may also take coursework to prepare themselves as teacher educators.

      Enrollment Requirements for First-Year Ed.D. Students

      Every first-year Ed.D. student in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching is required to enroll in C&T 5000, Theory and Inquiry in Curriculum and Teaching, in both the fall (6 points) and the spring (3 points) semesters of his or her first year.

      C&T 5000 meets for a double class session once per week in the fall and for a single class session once per week in the spring. A student can enroll for more than this minimum, but C&T 5000 must be part of his or her first-year course of study.

      C&T 5000 is designed to make beginning doctoral students aware of important problems and issues in curriculum and teaching, to introduce students to methods of formulating questions and to modes of inquiry appropriate to doctoral-level research, and to build a cohesive student cohort.

      This is a rigorous course, with respect to both the quantity and sophistication of the material for which students are held responsible. The course requires a commitment of time and effort commensurate with the norms of scholarship at the doctoral level.

      It is our belief that the demands placed on the students by this course will benefit students and that those who complete the course and pass the certification examination will be well prepared to continue their doctoral studies successfully through the dissertation phase. Students accepted into the Ed.D. program will receive a list of course texts with their acceptance letters so they can begin their reading early.

      The basic curriculum for Ed.D. students includes:

      Core Courses:

      • C&T 5000 Theory and inquiry in curriculum and teaching (6 points fall and 3 points spring, of the first year)

      Research Core:

      • HUDM 4122 Probability and statistical inference (3)

      Two (2) research methodology courses relevant to the student’s research interests. Students must complete at least two of the required research core courses prior to enrolling in Dissertation Seminar. The third course may be taken concurrently with Dissertation Seminar.

      At least one semester of a research seminar taught by a member of the department faculty is also required.

      Research Requirements:

      • C&T 7500 Dissertation seminar in curriculum and teaching (3) Other courses are selected in consultation with an advisor.


  • Faculty

    • James H Borland Professor of Education
    • Lucy M Calkins Robinson Professor in Children's Literature
    • Limarys Caraballo Associate Professor, English Education Program
    • Daniel Friedrich Associate Professor of Curriculum
    • Maria Paula Ghiso Associate Professor of Literacy Education
    • Thomas Hatch Professor of Education
    • Michelle Georgia Knight-Manuel Professor of Education
    • Nancy Louise Lesko Maxine Greene Professor for Distinguished Contributions to Education
    • Celia Oyler Professor of Education
    • Dirck Roosevelt Associate Professor of Practice
    • Marjorie Siegel Professor of Education
    • Mariana V. Souto-Manning Professor of Early Childhood Education
    • Haeny S. Yoon Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
  • Emeriti

    • Celia S. Genishi Professor Emerita of Education
    • Anne Lin Goodwin Evenden Professor Emerita of Education
    • Susan Recchia
    • Karen Zumwalt Professor Emerita of Education
  • Lecturers

    • Stephanie Dawn McCall Lecturer, Curriculum Studies Program
    • Jacqueline Ann Simmons Senior Lecturer
  • Instructors

    • Samuel Shreyar


  • C&T 4002 - Curriculum theory and history
    The nature and design of educational activities: theory, research, and practice of curriculum design.
  • C&T 4005 - Principles of teaching and learning
    Examination of the relationships among teaching, learning, and assessment; teaching as a profession; and schools as complex social organizations.
  • C&T 4021 - Nature and needs of gifted students
    This introductory course in gifted education explores a number of issues related to the psychology and education of gifted students, including conceptions of giftedness, educational provisions for gifted students, creativity, and economically disadvantaged gifted students. Issues of race, class, gender, and disability status as they interact with the construct of giftedness are examined.
  • C&T 4022 - Instructional models in the education of gifted students
    What should gifted students learn? How can we differentiate the curriculum for gifted learners in order to meet their special needs more effectively? These and other questions will be addressed in this course devoted to the discussion, analysis, and evaluation of instructional models designed or adapted for gifted students. Emphasis will be placed on the principles of curricular differentiation and on providing an overview of a range of models designed to modify content, enhance the development of thinking skills, and enhance creativity. Issues of defining giftedness and of defensible differentiated curriculum will also be explored.
  • C&T 4023 - Differentiated curriculum for gifted students
    This course examines the characteristics of appropriate and defensible curriculum for gifted children and youth. Particular emphasis is placed on instructional strategies, curriculum theories, flexible grouping techniques, and meeting the needs of gifted learning in the regular classroom.
  • C&T 4024 - Planning and implementing programs for gifted students
    In this course, we examine factors affecting the planning and implementation of programs for students identified as gifted, components of gifted programs, and a systems approach to program planning. Students develop written program plans for specific settings. Issues of race, class, gender, and disability status as they affect the planning of gifted programs are examined. No prior experience with or knowledge of gifted education is required.
  • C&T 4026 - Giftedness and Intelligence
    In this course, we explore theories of intelligence, which have served as a theoretical basis for the field of gifted education from its beginning. Starting with the work of Francis Galton in the 19th century and following through to the present day, we will critically examine and problematize such constructs as intelligence, creativity, and giftedness as well as such related topics as mental measurements.
  • C&T 4027 - Differentiated instruction of gifted students in the heterogeneous classroom
    Gifted students are present in almost every elementary, middle school, and high school classroom. The educational needs of these students can and must be met within this context. This workshop will provide an overview of curricular and instructional strategies designed to enhance the optimal development of gifted learners (and all learners) in the regular classroom. Topics will include general curricular modifications, management techniques, instructional strategies, individual learning opportunities, and outcomes and assessments. Special consideration will be given to those methods of differentiation that can be integrated readily into the learning environment of mixed-ability classrooms.
  • C&T 4032 - Gender, difference, and curriculum
    This course offers a multifaceted, interdisciplinary introduction to thinking about school curricula, policies, and practices as gendered. Gender will not be considered in isolation but as interwoven and complicated with cultural, racial, religious, class, and sexual identities, among others. The course materials will move beyond the identification of the problems to examine various efforts to create gender-sensitive curricula and programs.
  • C&T 4052 - Designing curriculum and instruction
    Application of models for designing curriculum and instruction. Students design curriculum in collaborative groups.
  • C&T 4121 - Early childhood teaching strategies within a social context
    Exploration of the teaching strategies used in early childhood education through analysis of the social contexts out of which they have arisen. Emphasis on assimilation and application of differing strategies through workshop format.
  • C&T 4130 - Critical perspectives in elementary education
    Critical examination of issues bearing on lived experiences, practices, and purposes of elementary teachers and students in the US today. Includes child study with focus on two questions of educational justice: What does this child have a right to, in her/his education, today, here, now? Where does or can, this child contribute to and be recognized in this classroom? Readings include classroom studies, critical interventions in current events, and foundational texts for democratic, public education. Open to all; required for CUED students. Preferably students have opportunity concurrent with course to observe children at least one hour/week.
  • C&T 4138 - Teaching literacy in the early years
    Examination of theory, research, and practice of literacy learning and teaching in the early years, including children who are English language learners and children experiencing difficulty with school literacy. Emphasis on alternative models of designing literacy curricula, selection and use of materials (including technologies), and methods of assessing and teaching decoding, spelling, fluency, text use, and comprehension.
  • C&T 4140 - Literature for younger children
    Critical study of literary trends and materials for children in prekindergarten, kindergarten, and early grades. Consideration of developmental issues and reader response theory relating to young children.
  • C&T 4141 - Literature for older children
    The course integrates theory and practice for teachers. Topics include writing development, research on writing, models for responding to and evaluating student writing, and classroom methods for teaching the writing process in elementary classrooms.
  • C&T 4145 - Critical perspectives in secondary education
    A comprehensive examination of adolescent development and learning as they relate to issues of curriculum, teaching, and learning.
  • C&T 4151 - Teaching of writing
    The course integrates theory and practice for teachers. Topics include writing development, research on writing, curriculum development, methods of teaching writing, models for responding to and evaluating student writing, and classroom methods for teaching the writing process in elementary classrooms.
  • C&T 4501 - Teaching and learning in the multicultural, multilingual classroom
    Student diversity (characterized by gender, race, ethnicity, language, special needs, and sexual orientation) is examined in relation to decisions about methodology, curriculum, instructional materials, student grouping, home-school-community relationships, and teachers' professional growth and development.
  • C&T 4502 - No Title Found in Banner
    Permission required. Required for M.A. students in the Literacy Specialist Program. Students work to develop proposals to initiate required Master's action research project. This course requires at least 18 hour of out-of-classroom work.
  • C&T 4615 - Young children and social policy: Issues and problems
    Overview of social policy towards young children as it affects classroom practice and professional goals. Situations such as child abuse, divorce and custody, student classification, and foster care are examined.
  • C&T 5004 - School change
    Major themes include state of the field regarding school change, schools as social organizations, the individual in the organization, theories of change, and implementation strategies and processes.
  • C&T 5024 - Planning and Implementing Gifted Programs
    In this course, we examine factors affecting the planning and implementation of programs for students identified as gifted, components of gifted programs, and a systems approach to program planning. Students develop written program plans for specific settings. Issues of race, class, gender, and disability status as they affect the planning of gifted programs are examined. No prior experience with or knowledge of gifted education is required.
  • C&T 5037 - Literacy, Culture and the Teaching of Reading
    This 2-3 variable point course is a collaborative investigation into literacy as a social, cultural, and political practice. It provides opportunities for participants to unpack and re-imagine literacy learning and teaching for all students, but especially for those labeled “at risk” due to race/ethnicity, social class, nationality/language, gender, dis/ability, and sexuality. Rooted in the assumption that power circulates in culture, literacy, and education, this course looks closely at the role of power in reading texts, whether print-based, multimodal, digital, filmic, or embodied.
  • C&T 5042 - Special topics in children's literature
    Study of specific genres or curriculum issues in children's literature. Topics are announced in course schedules distributed each semester. Registration not limited to one term.
  • C&T 5074 - Curriculum and teaching policy
    Prerequisite: C&T 4004. Examination of the theoretical and political bases of curriculum and teaching policies and their influences on school organizations and teaching practices. Explores the policy-making process from policy design through implemen-tation.
  • C&T 5095 - Memory, History and Curriculum
    This seminar will explore the role that readings of the past have in contemporary life, by historicizing history itself. We will examine issues of collective memory as it relates to the assumption of a collective in the processes of constituting identities, and we will look at schooling as a central location in the production of those identities and the dissemination of particular notions linked to the past and our ability to draw lessons from it.
  • C&T 5506 - Seminar in gifted education
    This is a topical seminar that examines such issues as identification of gifted students in New York City schools, equity in gifted education, the effects of No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, and whether gifted students are necessary for gifted education. Discussions by Skype with leading scholars in the field of gifted education will expose students to contemporary concerns in this field. No prior experience with or knowledge of gifted education is required.
  • C&T 5800 - Institute: Teaching of writing
    The focus of the institute will be on the teaching of writing with the participants also working on their own writing. There will be a combination of large group presentations, small interactive sessions, and writing workshops. Separate sections will be offered for advanced participants. A partial list of topics to be covered includes: the central role of planning and curriculum development in the teaching of writing, methods for holding our students accountable for doing their best work, classroom structures that support inquiry and collaboration, and using literature to help students craft their writing. The Institute is appropriate for elementary and secondary teachers.
  • C&T 6100 - Theory and Inquiry in Curriculum and Teaching I
    Required of and limited to first-year Ed.D students in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching; must be taken in the fall semester in conjunction with C&T 6101; C&T 6102 is required for all first-year Ed.D students in the following spring semester. Introduction to and exploration of important problems and issues in curriculum and teaching, methods of formulating questions, and modes of inquiry appropriate to doctoral-level research.
  • C&T 6532 - Seminar in reading/language arts and related research
    Permission required. Open only to advanced master's and doctoral students with a specialization in literacy or a related area who have completed recent methods courses in literacy. In-depth study and discussion of trends and issues in literacy development and instruction.
  • C&T 7500 - Dissertation seminar in curriculum and teaching
    Two semesters required of all doctoral candidates in the department unless proposal is defended in the first semester. Development of doctoral dissertations and presentation of proposals for approval.
  • HBSK 4072 - Theory and Techniques of Assessment and Intervention in Reading
    Provides an overview of theories and research pertaining to reading acquisition and assessment and intervention techniques for reading across the lifespan. Content is organized according to four major themes: the psychology of reading development, language structures, assessment, and intervention. Materials fee: $35.
  • HBSK 4074 - Development of Reading Comprehension
    Reading and study skills: Practical procedures based on research findings appropriate for teachers, counselors, and others. Discussion focuses on students in the middle elementary grades through young adulthood.
  • HBSK 5373 - Practicum in literacy assessment and intervention I
    Prerequisite or corequisite: HBSK 4072, grade of B or better. This course is the first of three practica that prepare students to assess, analyze, and remediate literacy difficulties using research and theory. In class sessions, students learn to understand assessment and instruction across a broad spectrum of skill areas reflecting the most common areas of difficulty for struggling readers and writers. Students apply those skills in their work in the Dean-Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services (CEPS) with an individual who has literacy difficulties. Each practicum counts for 50 clock hours weekly of field experience. Materials fee: $100.
  • HBSK 5376 - Practicum in literacy assessment and intervention II
    Prerequisites: HBSK 4072, HBSK 5373 with grade of B+ or better. This course is the second of three practica that prepare students to assess and remediate literacy difficulties. HBSK 5376 utilizes a more advanced learning model in which a student works to assess and tutor a client at the Dean-Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services (CEPS). In class sessions, students continue to learn techniques, skills, and materials for assessment and intervention for use with those who struggle with reading and writing. Students are expected to apply class content in clinical sessions with an individual with literacy difficulties. Each practicum counts for 50 clock hours weekly of field experience. Attendance at supervision sessions is also mandatory.
  • HUDK 5024 - Language Development
    Survey of research and theory in the development of language, beginning with communication and the origins of language in infancy and emphasizing acquisition of the forms of language in relation to their content and use.
  • HUDM 4122 - Probability and statistical inference
    An introduction to statistical theory, including elementary probability theory; random variables and probability distributions; sampling distributions; estimation theory and hypothesis testing using binomial, normal, T, chi square, and F distributions. Calculus not required.
  • HUDM 5122 - Applied regression analysis
    Least squares estimation theory. Traditional simple and multiple regression models and polynomial regression models, including use of categorical predictors. Logistic regression for dichotomous outcome variables is also covered. Class time includes lab time devoted to applications with IBM SPSS. Prerequisite: HUDM 4120 or HUDM 4122. Students who have taken statistics at the graduate level may contact Amina Abdelaziz ( to request a prerequisite override.
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