Curriculum & Instruction

Welcome to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction! 

Robin Dada

We are the academic home to elementary education, early childhood education, middle level education, instructional technology, literacy education and school library studies. We offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Department Head Dr. Robin Dada  

We are pleased to welcome Robin Dada as our new department head!  Dada has a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and recently served as the College of Education dean at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates.


Upcoming events

African American Read-In
This reading celebration for local first-grade students will be on Thursday, February 21.

African American Children and Families Conference
The 8th Annual African American Children and Families Conference will be held on Friday, February 22 with a pre-conference on the evening of February 21.  Gloria Kirkland Holmes, associate professor of early childhood eduction, is the coordinator for the conference and read-in.

Recent events

Four elementary or middle school students on a stage in China

Hip Hop Literacy

Four Waterloo students went to China to perform at the annual Hangzhou Citizens Leisure Festival, as a part of the International Young People’s Concert Group, in October along with Shuaib Meacham, associate professor of literacy education. 


College students and families posing with furniture they had made


Supplies on Hand

On September 9, a new student group, Supplies on Hand, held a workshop on making classroom furniture out of recycled materials. The group learned these techniques at a workshop this summer in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Two women posing on a street in Spain


Study Abroad

While elementary and middle level major Jayd Brown (left) studied Spanish language and culture in Oviedo, Spain in June 2018, she enjoyed a visit from associate professor of elementary education Sarah Montgomery (right).


For more recent events, visit News and Accolades.