Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Patricia P. Johnson, Ph. D., Department HeadThe Department of Curriculum and Instruction proudly boasts of its status as the oldest department at Grambling State University. Accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1964, the department is committed to preparing teachers and other school professionals who possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become successful career educators.

The major purpose of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is to develop educators who demonstrate competency in their respective areas of responsibility, exhibit characteristics of reflective practitioners, utilize research and best practices, are informed decision-makers and advocates for children, and who hold themselves accountable to their clients, to the community, and to the profession.

The Department offers 17 degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level, serving over 450 declared majors seeking certification as PK-3, 4-8, and 7-12 regular and/or special education teachers and other professional educators. Excellent advising and close supervision helps to ensure candidate success. Current trends, best practices in research, collaboration, reflection, technology use and professional development support and enhance candidates’ experiences throughout their matriculation. Performance assessments and professional standards are inherent in the program design. Faculty is committed to providing comprehensive educator preparation programs that include courses and experiences dedicated to producing highly qualified educators who are knowledgeable, skilled and compassionate masters of subject matter content, facilitators of learning, and nurturers of affective behaviors.

The Alice Brown Smith Praxis Laboratory is available for faculty and candidate use. The mission of the Praxis Lab is to provide support to faculty and teacher education candidates to prepare for and pass all areas of the PRAXIS Examinations.  Support includes but is not limited to: providing print and electronic materials for teacher education majors to study for the tests; administering practice Praxis tests, and training candidates on how to take the PRAXIS tests.  The Lab addresses the needs of candidates majoring in teacher education as well as those in the TeachGSU alternative certification program. The Alice Brown Smith Praxis Lab promotes continuous improvement in test results for all candidates.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction fosters collaboration with other departments and colleges at the university and encourages active participation of all stakeholders in program planning, implementation, and evaluation that is aligned with the unit’s conceptual framework and the University’s mission for the preparation of teachers and other school professionals.

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Contact:

Patricia P. Johnson, Ph. D.
Interim Department Head
Phone: (318) 274-2251/6394
Fax: (318) 274-3213
Email: johnsonp@gram.edu