Communities are built in the classroom — and beyond

Our Department

The UW–Madison Department of Curriculum and Instruction is one of the premier graduate programs in the nation devoted to understanding and advancing the complex world of teaching, learning, curriculum, and policy. We develop mission-driven teachers and researchers who think critically about their subject areas — and in doing so, we strive to impact the world beyond the classroom.

Reinforced by world-class research and renowned faculty, our program is consistently recognized as one of the very best of its kind. Our pursuits combine real-world experience in schools with cross-disciplinary expertise, innovation, and a drive to transform classrooms into thriving, engaged communities.

Meet our students

curriculum and instruction student stands on the balcony of the uw madison education building

“I majored in design in South Korea and chose to come to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction to learn how to enhance current curriculum visually. It was my only option since I knew UW–Madison had one of the best programs in the U.S.”

– Somi Hwang, Curriculum and Instruction M.S.: Research student

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