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Curriculum and Instruction

Welcome to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Greetings! I am pleased to welcome you to our department homepage; your virtual visit here will allow you to view our strategic priorities, explore our programs, and be introduced to our faculty. We are excited to offer multiple undergraduate programs for a range of K-12 educational needs. You can pursue an initial teaching license through undergraduate or graduate work, extend/add certifications or licenses, and enrich your professional opportunities with advanced study or endorsements. I encourage you to check out the links for both undergraduate and graduate options for more information.

Not only do we offer a range of programs, but we also do so with several distinctions. Our elementary program, for example, is based upon a STEAM infused curriculum. We also oversee a Clinical Apprenticeship for Preparation of Teachers (CAPT) program in both Corbin and Madison County, where applicants are afforded an option of engaging in place-based, heavily mentored clinical experiences. Too, our DHH program received a WHAS Crusade for Children grant to provide assistive technologies and therapeutic services on campus. Our department faculty and advisors support robust Study Abroad options as well: candidates have studied in Spain, Scotland, England, Ireland, and Belize, just to identify a few of the destinations within the past few years.

Because we value teaching and learning, our goal is to equip candidates with the skills, professional strategies, and dispositions to positively impact K-12 learning environments. All of our candidates work with faculty advisors who also teach their courses. Small class sizes, availability of faculty, attention to culturally responsive practices, and implementation of a clinical model are ways in which we affirm our commitment to candidates. At EKU, we prioritize candidates’ learning, experiences, and success. I encourage you to check out our Facebook page: we celebrate students, faculty, and programs there as well!

As I close out this welcome letter, I encourage you to take some time to review the many opportunities that EKU can provide. Please feel free to reach out with any additional questions you may have. We are honored to serve you!

Best wishes,

Ginni C. Fair Ed.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education
Eastern Kentucky University
(859)622-2154


The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is dedicated to the following strategic priorities:
  1. Candidates will display academic excellence by…
    1. demonstrating success with creative and critical thinking, effective communication, and collaboration;
    2. demonstrating proficiency on the Kentucky Teacher Performance Standards;
    3. demonstrating proficiency on appropriate professional standards;
    4. applying appropriate professional dispositions; and
    5. demonstrating metacognition related to strategic reading.
  2. Candidates will apply culturally competent practices to their teaching/learning.
  3. Candidates will contribute to the professional community by engaging in action research, service learning, or professional development.
  4. Candidates will use their clinical experience opportunities (i.e., experiential education) to strengthen their pedagogy and content knowledge.
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