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Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. This is a great place to prepare for a career in teaching or to enhance an existing teaching career. 

We’re known for our excellent programs in PK-12 teaching and learning, literacy education, science and mathematics education, and bilingual education. Our department offers undergraduate certification programs in elementary education (EC-6), EC-6 bilingual and ESL education, middle-level education (4-8), secondary education (8-12), and all-level certification in music, art, theater arts, Spanish, French, and German, and physical education.

At the graduate level, we offer programs for practicing teachers seeking a master’s degree (M.Ed.), a degree that includes teacher certification (M.Ed.T) for college graduates who want to become teachers, and a non-degree program leading to teacher certification only. Fully online M.Ed. programs in literacy education, mathematics education, and science education are available for those who need a more flexible option. Additionally, our department is home to the University’s Center for Bilingual Education, the Center for Social Studies Education, UTeach Arlington, the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE), and a new school counseling certificate program.

The 30 full-time faculty members in Curriculum and Instruction focus on student success, effective teaching, quality research, and meaningful service. UT 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 and Health Professions 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.

John A. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Curriculum and Instruction

About the Department Chair

John A. Smith is professor and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Arlington. He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in elementary curriculum from the University of Utah, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Smith has 10 years of elementary classroom teaching experience in 2nd and 5th grades and as a Chapter 1 reading teacher, and 24 years’ experience at the university level.  He also taught at-risk students entering kindergarten and 1st grade for three summers at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Smith served three years as reading coordinator for the Chapel Hill City School District, during which time the district’s Chapter 1 program was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an Exemplary Program. 

Smith has worked extensively with teachers in elementary school classrooms as a Reading Excellence Act reading coach and more recently as a consultant and Reading First technical assistant. His recent research involvement includes studies of implementing comprehension strategy instruction to learn science content and aligning classroom and supplemental reading instruction. He is reviewer for The Reading Teacher and Literacy Research & Instruction journals and serves on the executive board of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers.

Smith’s teaching awards include Utah State University College of Education Teacher of the Year, USU Department of Elementary Education Teacher of the Year, USU Extension Program Teaching Award, and the Mortar Board “Top Prof” award.