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Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Chair’s Welcome

As Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, I would like to welcome you. I came to UTA in July 2017, and during my short time here, I have found UTA, the College of Education, and the department to be an excellent place to work and learn. Our 30 full-time faculty members focus on student success, effective teaching, quality research, and meaningful service. Our department is home to the University’s Center for Bilingual Education, UTeach Arlington, and the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE).

We have excellent undergraduate programs in PreK-12 teaching and learning, and also literacy, bilingual, and science and mathematics education. We also offer undergraduate certification programs in elementary ESL and bilingual education (EC-6), middle-level education (4-8), secondary education (7-12), and all-level (EC-12) in music, art, theater arts, and physical education.

At the graduate level, we offer programs for currently certified teachers seeking a master’s degree (M.Ed.) and for college graduates who want to become certified teachers with (M.Ed.T) or without a master’s degree. Fully online M.Ed. programs in literacy, mathematics, and science education are available for those who need a more flexible option.

The University of Texas at Arlington is one of only two NCATE-accredited universities in the University of Texas system, and year after year, 98 percent of our graduates pass the Texas teacher certification exams. Our faculty members model best-practices classroom instruction that is based on research, then students implement these practices during multiple student teaching experiences and with helpful supervision from University supervisors and cooperating teachers.

The Curriculum and Instruction faculty are continually involved in conducting, presenting, and publishing research. They also provide service to local schools and professional associations. Additional information about Curriculum and Instruction faculty backgrounds and research interests may be found here.

The College of Education has an excellent Certification and Advising Services Center located on the 5th floor of Carlisle Hall. Knowledgeable and friendly full-time advisors can help you with transfer credits, scholarships, and planning the courses that you’ll need.

Again, I welcome you to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and wish you success and satisfaction in your education career.

Dan Robinson, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Curriculum and Instruction

About the Department Chair

Dan Robinson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Arlington. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 1993 from the University of Nebraska where he majored in both learning/cognition and statistics/research. He has taught at Mississippi State University (1993-1997), the University of South Dakota (1997-1998), the University of Louisville (1998-1999), the University of Texas at Austin (1999-2012), and Colorado State University (2012-2015).

Dan has served as Editor of Educational Psychology Review from 2006-2015 and as Associate Editor of the Journal of Educational Psychology from 2014 to present. He has also served as an editorial board member of nine refereed international journals: American Educational Research Journal, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Educational Technology, Research, & Development, Journal of Behavioral Education, Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Experimental Education, Reading Research and Instruction, Research in the Schools, and The Open Education Journal.

Dan has published over 100 articles, books, and book chapters, presented over 100 papers at research conferences, and taught over 100 college courses. His research interests include educational technology innovations that may facilitate learning, team-based approaches to learning, and examining trends in articles published in various educational journals and societies. He was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand and was named as one of the most published authors in educational psychology journals from 1991-2002, 2003-2008, and 2009-2014, Contemporary Educational Psychology, 2004, 2010, 2015.