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Our departments are composed of faculty, students, and scholars who study the most pressing issues in education, particularly urban education. Their programs emphasize and are strengthened by meaningful, equitable relationships with local communities and educator networks throughout Chicago.

Department of Curriculum and Instruction Heading link

We are a community of more than 30 faculty and 500 undergraduate and graduate students who are engaged in critical scholarship, practice, and praxis, and who address the most pressing issues in education, both locally and globally. The department develops scholars, researchers and leaders in the areas of curriculum and instruction; literacy (language and culture); math and science education; bilingual/ESL education; and teacher education.

Department of Educational Policy Studies Heading link

The Educational Policy Studies Department offers opportunities to study social foundations of education, educational organizations and leadership, and education policy analysis.

The department’s work emphasizes the analysis of urban contexts, and understanding and addressing educational problems in those contexts. Its programs prepare students for successful careers in urban educational research and policy analysis, and in transformational leadership of urban schools.

Department of Educational Psychology Heading link

The Department of Educational Psychology is internationally known for its rigorous degree programs, esteemed faculty, and commitment to urban education and test fairness. Our work focuses on understanding how children’s ethnicity, culture, class, and gender impact their development and learning, and we are dedicated to developing and applying fair approaches of measurement, evaluation, statistics and assessment to support such efforts.

Department of Special Education Heading link

The Department of Special Education (SPED) is a community of dedicated scholars, researchers, teachers and practitioners working toward innovation and access to improve the education of children and adolescents with disabilities – particularly in urban school environments. The community also is a forceful advocate for special education through outreach service programs and groundbreaking research.