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.
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction was recently ranked 4th in the nation! In addition to the high ranking in Curriculum and Instruction, our Elementary Teacher Education program ranked 4th and our Secondary Teacher Education program ranked 2nd! Overall, in Schools of Education in the United States, UW-Madison's School of Education came in 3rd (in a three-way tie).
94% first-year job placement
With a 94 percent first-year job-placement rate for classroom teachers, our students leave UW–Madison prepared for what’s next in their professional careers.
Our faculty’s diverse research areas include curriculum studies; global studies; design, informal, and creative education; disciplinary studies; languages, literacies, and multicultural education; teacher education; and childhood studies.
Meet Our Students
Somi Hwang, Curriculum and Instruction MS student
“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.”
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