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Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Welcome and Bienvenidos to the Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Bilingual Education Program Students

We were the first university in Texas to prepare teachers and we proudly celebrate more than 125 years of shaping educational practice and policy.

The Department's programs reflect our commitment to academic excellence and transformative learning for all students. We put Texas State University's role as a Hispanic-Serving Institution into practice by questioning deficit-oriented views of learning, teaching, and people. Our graduates learn to care for children and adults through culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogies. Together, we work toward educational communities that serve all children, families, and educators.

Our doctoral, master’s, baccalaureate, and certification programs prepare new and practicing teachers, researchers, and other education professionals to make a critical difference in Texas public schools and colleges and in schools and communities around the world. 

  • Students in our baccalaureate (undergraduate) programs earn initial teaching certification. Through outstanding collaborative partnerships with local school districts, our field-based elementary and secondary education programs have earned national recognition. 
  • Our graduate programs include traditional master's degree programs, programs that combine a master's degree with teaching certification, and professional certification programs. 
  • The doctoral program in Developmental Education includes Ph.D. and Ed.D. options.

Our diverse faculty are known for excellence in research, teaching, and service to the field of education and to our communities. The centers, institutes, and partnerships we lead serve Texas State students as well as children, teachers, and families in Central Texas and across the state. 

You can learn more about the degree programs in Curriculum & Instruction at the links below, by stopping by the Department Office (College of Education, ED 3044), or by speaking with any of our professors or current students. 


Student Spotlight: Marcelino Saucedo

Graduate Marcelino Saucedo in Cap and Gown

Marcelino Saucedo graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Arts in Bilingual-Bicultural Elementary Education in August 2022. His thesis, entitled "Spanish Home Language Uses as Factors in Bilingual Children's Language Preferences," explored the impact of parents' attitudes toward Spanish on the bilingualism of first graders in Niederwald, Texas. At Texas State, he served as President of B.E.S.O. (Bilingual Education Student Organization) and was recognized as a member of Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education), Phi Sigma Pi, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, and the Golden Key Honor Society. Marcelino is currently a bilingual kindergarten teacher in Manor ISD. He plans to continue his research by pursuing a doctoral degree in Bilingual Education.