Literacy, Learning, Leaders for Tomorrow's Classroom
The Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy prepares teachers to meet the educational needs of diverse students in our ever-changing society through programs for initial licensure and advanced study. Curriculum and Pedagogy has over 500 students enrolled in its graduate and undergraduate degree programs. The department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education, and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. A newly-designed Master of Literacy degree is currently under development.
The department is comprised of 17 full-time faculty and several part-time faculty members. All full-time, tenure-track faculty members hold doctoral degrees in their fields of study, and most have numerous years of teaching and service in public schools. Highly qualified faculty enable the department to offer initial and advanced study in the areas of assessment, early childhood education, educational psychology, elementary education, literacy, and social foundations of education
Undergraduate programs offer field experiences beginning in the freshman year, and clinical experiences in Macfeat Laboratory School provide links to current classroom practices. In addition, programs feature small classes and a curriculum that emphasizes content knowledge, pedagogy, assessment, use of technology, and development of leadership skills. Faculty members seek opportunities to involve both graduate and undergraduate students in research projects and conference presentations.
Student organizations provide exciting opportunities for involvement in professional activities. Faculty sponsors work with students in several organizations: Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, National Alliance of Black Student Educators (NABSE), Palmetto Student Teachers Association (PSTA), and Student Chapter of the South Carolina Early Childhood Association (SCECA).
Jonatha W. Vare, Ph. D.
Chair, Curriculum and Pedagogy