lynn kirkland headshotDepartment Chair, Lynn Kirkland, Ed.D.
Welcome to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Thank you for visiting the Department of Curriculum & Instruction website. As part of a great research university, our department offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Arts Education, Special Education, and English as a Second Language. Our programs are fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction faculty are internationally and nationally recognized providing expertise in their respective disciplines. Through teaching, scholarship, and service, faculty contribute to the development of dynamic teachers and educational communities in a global society. Our graduate studies, including a doctoral program in early childhood education, provide knowledgeable professionals and leaders in the field.

The Graduate Programs within the School of Education are ranked in the top third in the nation, with innovative course delivery and programs as the hallmark of our work.  Experiential-based learning occurs throughout our programs as we partner with schools and agencies to prepare teachers for the twenty first century.

We welcome your inquiries into our programs as you seek opportunities to touch the world through the education profession.  Go Blazers!

Lynn D. Kirkland, Ed.D.

Professor and Chair

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2013-Midsouth-Conference-Attendees2013 Midsouth Institute

The 2014 MidSouth Reading and Writing Institute will take place on June 19th and 20th at Trace Crossings Elementary School in Hoover, Alabama.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of the institute and is dedicated to the memory of Maryann Manning.

The early bird rate is $100 if registered by May 1st.  Inquire about special rates for schools and school systems.

Visit the conference website for more details. Still have questions?  Contact Sue Seay (

2014 Conference presenters included:

  • Janet Allen - International consultant, recognized for her literacy work with at-risk students, and author of numerous books on literacy
  • Linda Hoyt, Literacy expert, acclaimed author, one of most requested literacy speakers in the United States
  • Constance Kamii, World renowned expert on Jean Piaget
  • Bob Wortman - this very popular literacy presenter is back with us this year!
  • Lester Laminack - , Literacy Specialist and popular author of numerous children's and professional books
  • Reba Wadsworth - Literacy Specialist and author of many Professional books on Literacy
  • Charles Ghigna - AKA Father Goose, Award winning Poet
  • Rick Shelton - Author and Writing Guru