May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
    
2023-2024 University Catalog

General Education: Curriculum and Instruction, BA (non-licensure)


About the Program


The curriculum and instruction major is for those interested in a career in the field of education but not necessarily classroom teaching. This major is non-teaching license program. It provides an educational leadership focus in an increasingly diverse, interconnected, and technology-rich world and values collaboration, community, diversity, global perspectives, inquiry, and reflection. Research on various aspects of educational practices is conducted and disseminated. A focus on theory-into-practice leads to new discoveries in the teaching and learning process across a wide variety of educational contexts. Sample signature areas of discovery include:

  • Challenges of acquiring academic language for English language learners (ELLs).
  • The Science Learning through Engineering Design (SLED) project.
  • Study abroad and internationalization efforts by colleges and universities.
  • Impact of technology on citizenship and citizenship education.
  • Postsecondary learner’s development of mathematics content knowledge.

The General Education: Curriculum & Instruction Plan of Study outlines the required courses to complete the degree. For more information about the degree program, visit the COE Office of Advising and Recruiting.

General Education: Curriculum and Instruction Major Change (CODO) Requirements   

Degree Requirements


120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (26 credits)


Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (45-46 credits)


Quantitative Reasoning (6 credits)


Choose one sequence below.

Electives (48-49 credits)


Grade Requirements


  • All Education courses (EDCI, EDPS, and EDST prefix) must earn a minimum grade of “C-.”

GPA Requirements


  • A 2.8 Graduation GPA with a “C-” or better in education courses (EDCI, EDPS, and EDST) required.

Course Requirements and Notes


  • Movie and film courses are not accepted for the English literature requirement.

College of Education Pass/No Pass Option Policy


Education majors (which includes the total credit hour requirement to fulfill General Education: Educational Studies and General Education:  Curriculum & Instruction) are not eligible to receive P/NP for required courses on your plan of study.  Only electives and courses at the 500+ level can have a grade mode change.

Spring 2020 was the only exception approved for the entire campus. 

University Requirements


University Core Requirements


For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC) 

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement


The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry. For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course).

Upper Level Requirement


  • Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree. These courses are expected to be at least junior-level (30000+) courses.
  • Students should be able to fulfill most, if not all, of these credits within their major requirements; there should be a clear pathway for students to complete any credits not completed within their major.

Additional Information


  • The General Education: Curriculum & Instruction major is not a licensure program.

Sample 4-Year Plan


15-16 Credits


Spring 1st Year


15 Credits


15 Credits


Spring 2nd Year


  •  - Credit Hours: 3.00 for Non-Licensure Majors
  • Aesthetic Awareness selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science, Technology & Society selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Fall 3rd Year


  • English Literature selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 
  • Science selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Foundations of Curriculum - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 3rd Year


15 Credits


Fall 4th Year


  • Foundations of Literacy - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 4th Year


15-16 Credits


Pre-Requisite Information


For pre-requisite information, click here.

World Language Courses


World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor. (ASL-American Sign Language; ARAB-Arabic; CHNS-Chinese; FR-French; GER-German; GREK-Greek(Ancient); HEBR-Hebrew(Biblical); HEBR-Hebrew(Modern); ITAL-Italian; JPNS-Japenese; KOR-Korean; LATN-Latin; PTGS=Portuguese; RUSS-Russian; SPAN-Spanish)

Critical Course


The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 

Disclaimer


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.