Curriculum, Instruction & Special Education

  • CISE
  • Academic Department

What We Do

We offer a range of exciting degree programs and graduate certificates for students interested in becoming a teacher, for current teachers interested in strengthening their expertise, for emerging leaders in instructional design and technology, or for anyone seeking a flexible degree program in education.

Please explore our academic offerings to find one that fits your background, interests, and professional goals!  We offer degree programs and areas of specialization across content areas as well as practice domains. Academic offerings represent a variety of degree programs provided through multiple modalities.

Academic Programs

View our top-ranked program offerings to find a degree with boundless future impact.

Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education Faculty

Ottilie Austin

Ottilie Austin

  • Associate Professor
Catherine Brighton

Catherine Brighton

  • Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Affairs
  • Professor
Glen Bull

Glen L. Bull

  • Professor
Carolyn Callahan

Carolyn M. Callahan

  • Commonwealth Professor of Education Emeritus
Vivien M Chabalengula

Vivien M. Chabalengula

  • Associate Professor
Chris Chang-Bacon

Chris Chang-Bacon

  • Assistant Professor
Jennifer Chiu

Jennifer Chiu

  • Associate Professor
Kyong Mi Choi

Kyong Mi Choi

  • Associate Professor
Julia Jackson Cohen

Julie Jackson Cohen

  • Charles S. Robb Associate Professor
Bryan Cook

Bryan Cook

  • Professor
Lysandra Cook

Lysandra Cook

  • Professor
Julie Gray

Julie Gray

  • Assistant Professor
Colby Hall

Colby Hall

  • Assistant Professor
Tisha Hayes

Tisha Hayes

  • Associate Professor
  • Director, McGuffey Reading Center
Natasha A Heny

Natasha A. Heny

  • Associate Professor
Youjia Hua

Youjia Hua

  • Associate Professor
Anne Jewett

Anne Jewett

  • Assistant Professor
  • Degree Director, M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction program
Wintre Foxworth Johnson

Wintre Foxworth Johnson

  • Assistant Professor
Michael J Kennedy

Michael J. Kennedy

  • Professor
Emily Kohler

Emily A. Kohler

  • Research Assistant Professor
Rachel Kunemund

Rachel Kunemund

  • Research Assistant Professor
Gail E. Lovette

Gail E. Lovette

  • Assistant Professor
Jennifer L Maeng

Jennifer L. Maeng

  • Research Associate Professor

Tracy C. Missett

  • Director, Undergraduate Programs
  • Coordinator, Gifted On-Line Courses
Tonya R Moon

Tonya R. Moon

  • Professor
Stephanie Morano

Stephanie Morano

  • Assistant Professor
Frackson Mumba

Frackson Mumba

  • Associate Professor
Judy Paulick

Judy Paulick

  • Assistant Professor
Emma Pearson

Emma Pearson

  • Reading Outreach Program Manager
Jennifer S Pease

Jennifer S. Pease

  • Associate Professor
Stephen P Plaskon

Stephen P. Plaskon

  • Associate Professor
Mandy Rispoli

Mandy Rispoli

  • Quantitative Foundation Bicentennial Professor
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Alexa Rodriguez

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
April Salerno

April Salerno

  • Assistant Professor
LaRon Scott

LaRon A. Scott

  • Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Associate Professor

Emily Solari

  • Edmund H. Henderson Professor of Education
Robert H Tai

Robert H. Tai

  • Associate Professor
Susan Thacker-Gwaltney

Susan Thacker-Gwaltney

  • Assistant Professor
William J Therrien

William J. Therrien

  • Thomas G. Jewell Professor of Education
Stanley C Trent

Stanley C. Trent

  • Associate Professor
Stephanie D van Hover

Stephanie D. van Hover

  • Chair, Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education Department
  • Professor
Matthew Wheelock

Matthew Wheelock

  • Associate Professor
  • Innovation Program Area Director
Jonee Wilson

Jonee Wilson

  • Assistant Professor
Peter Youngs

Peter Youngs

  • Professor

Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education Staff

Danielle Bierzynski

Danielle Bierzynski

  • Ed.D. Cohort Manager
Timothy M. Cannon

Timothy M. Cannon

  • Multimedia Specialist
Olivia Fudge Coleman

Olivia Fudge Coleman

  • Research Project Manager

Jeff Davis

  • Director of Clinical Practice and Partnerships

Crystal Jean DeJaegher

  • Education Support Specialist

Michelle N. Edwards

  • Education Support Specialist
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Mark Elliott

  • Department Administrator
Lauren Hauser

Lauren Hauser

  • Reading Education and Outreach Specialist
Austen Hecker

Austen Hecker

  • Coordinator for America Reads Program and PALs Outreach Specialist
Katie Leigh

Katie Leigh

  • Director of Simulation Innovations and Applications
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Cody Lloyd

  • Teacher Education Support Specialist

Jeffrey Martin

  • Education and Outreach Manager
Jillian McGraw

Jillian McGraw

  • Director of Teacher Education

Tracy C. Missett

  • Director, Undergraduate Programs
  • Coordinator, Gifted On-Line Courses

Jim Victor Moscater

  • Public Relations and Marketing Specialist
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ReNita Parrish

  • Student Administrative Coordinator
Emma Pearson

Emma Pearson

  • Reading Outreach Program Manager
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Jesse Philips

  • Administrative Generalist
Alicia Rudie

Alicia Rudie

  • Senior Department Finance Manager
Courtney Sullivan

Courtney Sullivan

  • Academic Program Officer
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Anatolii Utkuzov

  • Manager, Simulated Learning Lab

Jo Blackburn Watts IV

  • Lab Manager

Affiliated Centers & Labs

  • CTL
  • Research Lab

Contemplative Teaching and Learning Lab

The Contemplative Teaching and Learning Lab applies the contemplative sciences to informing our understanding of life-span development and education.

  • Research Lab

Engineering Design Lab

The Engineering Design Initiative aims to foster advanced and innovative performance across a range of subjects by integrating engineering design into K-12 classrooms. 

  • PALS
  • Research Lab

Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening

The Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) provides a comprehensive assessment of young children’s knowledge of the important literacy fundamentals that are predictive of future reading success. PALS is the state-provided screening tool for Virginia’s Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI) and is used by 99% of school divisions in the state on a voluntary basis.

  • Research Lab

Robert H. Tai Research Group

The Robert H. Tai Research Group is a research team based at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia.  This multi-institutional team conducts quantitative and qualitative research on major issues in Science Education.  The overarching goal is to produce robust empirical data that targets national policy, with the outcome of developing science students into productive and contributing scientists.

Dr. Tai and his research team cover a wide-range of interests including student engagement in K-12 science, the retention of students in the science pipeline, factors influencing success in college science courses, the transition of graduate students to practicing scientist, as well as the role of specialized high schools in talent development.  The team takes advantage of the many outlets for sharing and presenting research findings, thus reaching a wide audience in informing and influencing Science Education.

  • CASTL
  • Research Center

Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning

Founded in 2006, CASTL is an interdisciplinary research center that aims to advance the quality of teaching and learning, from infancy to higher education. Our research initiatives span the globe and our faculty are leading the way to promote meaningful changes in education. 

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Contact Us

Office Location

  • Bavaro Hall 312

Mailing Address

  • PO Box 400261
    417 Emmett Street S
    Charlottesville, VA 22904