The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Wichita State University offers both undergraduate and graduate programs for those wanting to pursue a teaching career or to advance their knowledge of curriculum and instruction.

Undergraduate Teacher Education Program
Graduates of the undergraduate programs are prepared to teach in a variety of settings including early childhood, elementary, middle and secondary schools. Students who complete licensure or endorsement programs in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction are eligible to apply for Kansas teaching licenses and/or endorsements in the following areas:

Early Childhood Unified

Elementary Education


Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth/Space)

English/Language Arts


Special Education (adaptive, early childhood unified, functional, and gifted)

Teaching English as a Second Language

Reading Specialist

Foreign Language


Music Education

Art Education

Physical Education

Information about programs housed in other departments (secondary speech/theatre and journalism, and P-12 foreign language, art, music, and physical education) are available through the College of Education Office of Education Support Services.

Alternative Certification
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction houses a nationally recognized Alternative Certification Program for professionals wishing to gain licensure in Secondary Education and an innovative Early Childhood Unified Residency program for professionals interested in licensure in Birth – Grade 3. 

The Alternative Certification Program as WSU allows individuals who possess an undergraduate degree to complete certification requirements while being employed by a school district or in one of the WSU partnership sites. 

Graduate Degrees

Graduate students wishing to advance their knowledge, skills and expertise may purse a Masters degree, certificate program or non degree elective courses and workshops. Graduate degrees include the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Learning and Instructional Design, the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education with an emphasis in one of four areas: (1) adaptive, (2) early childhood unified, (3) functional or (4) gifted and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in either a secondary education content area or early childhood unified.

Graduate Certificates
Graduate certificates are awarded to students who desire interdisciplinary course work to complement their graduate degree program or to students who, for academic, personal, or professional reasons, desire graduate-level education not leading to a graduate degree. C&I offers a graduate certificate in Educational Technology, Literacy, and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification.