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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 120 years of shaping educational practice and policy.

The Department's programs reflect our commitment to diversity, educational equity, and academic excellence in public education. We put Texas State University's mission as a Hispanic-Serving Institution into practice by questioning and disrupting 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 an inclusive and more just world for 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

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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. 


Upcoming Community Event: Writing Workshop with ire'ne lara silva

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Friday, February 10

10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

At the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos 

Free and open to all 


Forget Discipline: How to Want Your Way Through Writing

In this class, we absolutely will not talk about 'stealing time,' writing schedules, writing on a daily basis, creating a physical space for writing, word counts, or creating outlines. Every time the word 'discipline' is spoken, the group will loudly boo, bang pots and pans, or stomp their feet in emphatic opposition. What we will discuss here is inspiration and imagination. We'll investigate what it means to start or re-start a book project, connecting with the root of our desire to write, to create, to speak, to share. We'll interrogate the internal/external obstacles that keep us from the work we long to do. We'll question everything we've ever thought writing or writers have to be. This workshop will focus on sharpening our hunger to write--day after day, week after week, month after month. 

ire'ne lara silva is the author of four poetry collections (furia, Blood Sugar Canto, CUICACALLI/House of Song, and FirstPoems), two chapbooks (Enduring Azucares and Hibiscus Tacos), and a short story collection, flesh to bone, which won the Premio Aztlán. She and poet Dan Vera are also the co-editors of Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands, a collection of poetry and essays. ire'ne was the recipient of a 2021 Tasajillo Writers Grant, a 2017 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant, the final Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, and the Fiction Finalist for AROHO's 2013 Gift of Freedom Award. Most recently, ire'ne was awarded the 2021 Texas Institute of Letters Shrake Award for Best Short Nonfiction. ire'ne is currrently a Writer at Large for Texas Highways Magazine and is working on a second collection of short stories titled, the light of your body. Website: