The Department of Teaching and Learning offers a graduate program of study in curriculum and instruction, including choices of concentration in three Focus Areas: Subject Area, Instructional Level Area and Cross-Curricular Area.

The Department also cooperates with the Department of Administrative Leadership in the Specialist Certificate Program with an emphasis in reading. Under the auspices of the PhD program in Urban Education, the Department offers doctoral specializations in Curriculum and Instruction and in Mathematics Education.


Admission Requirements 

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by program, please review the application deadline chart for specific programs. Other important dates and deadlines can be found by using the One Stop calendars.


An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements to be considered for admission to the program.

Applicants may be admitted with specific program-defined course deficiencies provided that the deficiencies amount to no more than 6 credits.

The student is expected to satisfy deficiency requirements within three enrolled semesters. The deficiencies are monitored by the Graduate School and the individual graduate program unit. No course credits earned in making up deficiencies may be counted as program credits required for the degree.

Credits and Courses

The minimum degree requirement is 30 credits, including:

15 credits in Curriculum and Instruction core areas15
CURRINS 705Research in Schools and Communities3
CURRINS 716Teaching in Urban & Diverse Communities3
Choose one:3
Teaching and Assessing English 1
UWM Writing Project:
Teaching Language and Composition
Choose one:3
Approaches to Teaching and Assessing Texts in the Secondary Schools 1
Teaching Literature
CURRINS elective3

 For initial certifiers only.

Master's Seminar or Thesis, choose one:3-6
Master's Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction
Master's Research or Thesis

English Education: Literature and Cultural Theory

Focus of Study

Focus Courses12
12 credits in focus area (at least one course should be at the 800 level, two at the 700 level)
Children's Literature
Reading Interests of Adolescents
UWM Writing Project:
Modern Literary Theory
Literature and Aesthetics
Approaches to the Modern I
Approaches to the Modern II
Linguistic Perspectives on Literature
Literature of the English Renaissance:
Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature:
Literature in Victorian England:
Modern English Literature:
Women Writers:
American Literature to 1830:
Native American Literature:
American Literature, 1830-1900:
African American Literature:
Modern American Literature:
Contemporary Literature:
World Literature in English:
Topics in Transnational Literature
Seminar in Irish Literature:
Seminar in Poetry:
Seminar in Special Topics in Literature:
Seminar in Major Figures:
Seminar in Contemporary Literature:
Seminar in Comparative Literature:
Seminar in Renaissance Prose and Poetry:
Seminar in Shakespeare:
Seminar in Romantic Literature:
Seminar in Victorian Literature:
Seminar in African American Literature:
Seminar in Women Writers:
Seminar in World Literature in English:
Seminar in Modern Literature:
Seminar in Feminist Critical Theory:
Seminar in Native American Literature:
Seminar in Colonial American Literature:
Seminar in Nineteenth-Century American Literature:
Seminar in Twentieth-Century American Literature:
Seminar in Critical Theory:

Additional Requirements

Major Professor as Advisor

The student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student’s studies as specified in Graduate School regulations. A student who is not assigned to an advisor at time of admission should immediately contact the department chair. Students who have not completed a Proposed Program of Study form with their advisor and filed it with the Department by the end of the semester in which they are admitted may not be allowed to register for the next term.


Graduate students seeking initial teacher certification or added certification(s) can arrange their master’s degree program so that a portion of the credits earned towards the master’s degree can also serve as partial fulfillment of teacher certification requirements.