Curriculum and Instruction

Research and Grants

Faculty members in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction are actively involved in contributing to the knowledge about teaching and learning through conducting original research, leading grants, and publishing books, articles, and reports.

Recent Publications by Curriculum and Instruction Faculty

The Curriculum and Instruction online faculty data portfolios for fiscal years 2010 - 2013 will be available soon. You can currently view the curriculum vitae for the Curriculum and Instruction faculty on the directory webpage.


Current Grants

UTeach Program

UTeach – Pan American is a four-year, teacher preparation program for science and math majors modeled after the nationally recognized UTeach program established at The University of Texas at Austin in 1997. UTeach – Pan American’s first cohort of students, selected in summer 2012, will enroll in STEP 1: INQUIRY APPROACHES TO TEACHING (UTCH 1101) in fall 2012 and STEP 2: INQUIRY-BASED LESSON DESIGN (UTCH 1102) in spring 2013.

Students in both courses will spend a portion of their time in a public school classroom as they begin to learn how to teach. Before acceptance into the STEP 1 course, students must complete the criminal background check required by the school district and provide evidence they have been tested for TB (tuberculosis) and had the test results evaluated.

For more information, visit the UTeach Program website:


Past Grants

Project Open Horizons

The purpose of Project Open Horizons, Opportunities for English Language Learners in Social Studies, funded through a discretionary grant through the Texas Education Agency, is to design and implement a professional development project intended to enhance social studies understandings, abilities, attitudes, and instructional practices of teachers serving English Language Learners in the eighth grade. All professional development will incorporate the newly revised English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS).

Participating Social Studies teachers of English Language Learners will be able to successfully deliver instruction around several dimensions of learning that constitute a framework for delivery of TEKS and TAKS.

Participants interested in applying commit to the activities of the grant from August 2009 to February 2011.

Curriculum Assessment for Successful Student Outcomes (CASSO)

The CASSO Project is a research initiative funded under the United States Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition National Professional Developmental Program (CFDA 84 195 N) invitational priority#2. The goal of CASSO is to improve the preparation of teacher education program completers in the UTPA EC-6 Bilingual Education program so that they have a greater likelihood of improving the academic achievement and English language development of LEP students in Texas Education Region I area.