Welcome to the McMurry University Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Our passionate faculty and staff are here to guide you each step of the way as you begin your journey to become an educator. We take pride in supporting your growth as a successful teacher through our curriculum, designed to develop your pedagogical, intellectual and ethical competencies.

You’ll graduate with not only a robust foundation in educational instruction and learning theories, but you’ll also cultivate the skills necessary to meet the needs of our diverse student communities. We also believe that you will be inspired to reach your greatest potential through our strong emphasis on excellence, leadership and virtue in a Christian environment.

We’re glad to have you join us. Explore our program offerings to learn more about our innovative curriculum and instruction studies.

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Areas of Study

Our department of curriculum and instruction offers courses that cover the breadth of study necessary to prepare for a rich and rewarding career as an educator.

Early Childhood Education

If you’re interested in helping young children learn and develop essential skills, you’ll deepen your knowledge and gain practical experience by studying early childhood education. Your coursework will cover the breadth of early childhood education, preparing you for roles designing, implementing and assessing programs that support young learners’ healthy development. Your studies will cover early childhood development and teaching reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, art, physical education, drama and music to elementary students. At McMurry, you can earn a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education. Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education ESL Endorsement and Bilingual Education

Through the study of early childhood education and bilingual education, you’ll develop the pedagogy and practice needed to succeed as an instructor in pre-K through grade 6 programs for all young students, including English language learners. Your coursework will cover theories and practices of education and will include additional training in English language acquisition and teaching within the ESL classroom. You will be prepared to meet the needs of multilingual classrooms. Your studies will earn you a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education ESL endorsement and bilingual education. Early Childhood Education ESL Endorsement and Bilingual Education

Multidisciplinary Studies I Grades 7-12

If you can’t wait to teach your favorite subject in the middle and high school classrooms, look no further than the multidisciplinary studies program in grades 7-12. This major will allow you to earn a degree in four years with your teaching field of choice. You’ll start with a foundation in educational theory and solidify your understanding through clinical teaching experience. With your degree and teaching certification, you will be well-equipped to lead middle and high school classrooms. At McMurry, your studies will earn you a Bachelor of Science in multidisciplinary studies I grades 7-12. Multidisciplinary Studies I Grades 7-12

Multidisciplinary Studies II Grades 4-8

If you dream of a rewarding career shaping the minds of elementary and middle-grade students, you’ll find this diverse course of study to be a perfect way to pursue your passion for education. In the multidisciplinary studies program, you’ll choose your teaching field — science, social studies, mathematics, or English language arts and reading — and gain the preparation necessary to teach students in grades 4-8. You can earn a Bachelor of Science in multidisciplinary studies II grades 4-8. Multidisciplinary Studies II Grades 4-8

FasTrack/Alternative Certification

McMurry University’s FasTrack Certification program provides an express-education option to get you teaching in a classroom quicker. Two format options are available to fit your lifestyle: online or face-to-face classrooms. With minimal admission requirements, you can avoid delays getting your new career started. FasTrack

Aides to Teacher Program

Designed for associate teachers, para-professionals, and teacher aides working currently in the school setting, the Aides to teacher program provides a flexible and affordable pathway towards a bachelor's degree and teacher certification. Aides to Teacher
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Student Opportunities

Association of Texas Professional Educators

Students can join the McMurry chapter of the Association of Texas Professional Educators. ATPE actively meets and hosts guest speakers on campus. Members also have the opportunity to participate in state and regional meetings. ATPE

Honor Society

McMurry is home to the Eta Epsilon chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education. Dedicated to scholarship and excellence in education, the mission of Kappa Delta Pi is to recognize education majors and minors who have a 3.25 GPA, have completed one semester of curriculum coursework and have at least 45 credit hours at McMurry. Kappa Delta Pi

Departmental Scholarships

Each year, the department of curriculum and instruction awards four scholarships to outstanding juniors or seniors in the department.

Honors Program

Departmental honors might be a good fit if you’re looking for a way to set even higher goals and accomplish more during your time at McMurry. Consider pursuing departmental honors in curriculum and instruction by completing an honors research project and writing an honors thesis. Honors Program

Teacher Education Program

A liberal education combined with adequate professional and specialized study constitutes the best preparation for a successful teaching career. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at McMurry University offers the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education degree and the professional development (Curr) minor to qualify students for the Texas Provisional Teaching Certificate. The Provisional Certificate gives the holder legal authority to perform teaching duties in the public schools of Texas at the grade level and in the academic specialization(s) designated on the face of the certificate. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction, with the advisement of the Education Advisory Council, is responsible for establishing policy and providing leadership for the teacher education program. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of teacher education, several departments of the University are represented on the Education Advisory Council. The administration of McMurry University strives to promote a close, cooperative relationship between the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the other academic departments of the University. The teacher education program at McMurry is accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

DISCLAIMER: All requirements and conditions for admission to the teacher education program or for certification are subject to change at the direction of Texas Education Agency and/or the State Board of Educator Certification. If you are currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, your certification will be EC-6.
Admission to Teacher Education Program

Global Learning Endorsement

The Global Learning Endorsement provides an opportunity for students to highlight academic achievement in global/international studies on their transcript. This endorsement will provide helpful documentation of the student’s expertise for employment in an increasingly globalized world. Learn More
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Beyond McMurry


Studying curriculum and instruction at McMurry will prepare you for a range of careers in the education field and provide a foundation for advanced study.
  • Bilingual Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education Administration
  • Education Publishing
  • Educational Research
  • Educational Testing
  • General Education
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Policy
  • Science Education
  • Social Work
  • Special Education Teaching
  • Test Development

Join the Ranks of Accomplished Alumni

You’ll find McMurry graduates with a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education or Bachelor of Science in multidisciplinary studies in roles such as:
  • Child and family social worker
  • Childcare director
  • Early childhood education specialist
  • Education administrator
  • Guidance counselor
  • Pre-K or preschool teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Teacher’s assistant

Faculty and Staff

Gae Lynn McInroe Department Chair / Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
Melissa Bulls Director of Clinical Teaching / Instructor of Curriculum and Instruction
Amanda Neal Program Director, Aides to Teachers / Instructor of Curriculum and Instruction
Melody Roper Instructor of Curriculum and Instruction