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Chair's Message

Dr. Nihat Polat

Welcome to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction! We appreciate your interest in learning more about the department and the wealth of educational opportunities we offer to our students. Our department has been an integral part of Texas State University since its foundation as a Normal School in 1899 to serve the state‚Äôs need for trained public school teachers, and we have grown to become one of the largest and most comprehensive Curriculum and Instruction programs in the nation. As such, we offer doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate degrees that span P-16 educational needs.

Education is power! As a first-generation college graduate, I personally relate to the transformative power of education, especially for underprivileged communities. Our department prepares critical and innovative educators and researchers who are responsive to the unique needs of every child. That means we take it upon ourselves as an obligation to dismantle social inequities and transform lives in order to build a more inclusive, just, and prosperous society. What can be more special and self-gratifying than that! As our most notable alumnus, the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson said "Every child must be encouraged to get as much education as he has the ability to take. We want this not only for his sake - but for the future of our nation's sake. Nothing matters more to the future of our country: not our military preparedness - for armed might is worthless if we lack the brainpower to build world peace; not our productive economy - for we cannot sustain growth without trained manpower; not our democratic system of government - for freedom is fragile if its citizens are ignorant." 

As you navigate through our website to explore all of our degree and certification options, we hope you will also learn about our outstanding faculty and the many programs, centers, and institutes that serve our students and the community.

As Chair of this vast and dynamic department, I invite you to learn more about our programs by contacting our program coordinators by emailing the Curriculum and Instruction main office.

I look forward to welcoming you to our community of educators!

Nihat Polat, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor