CIGSPA (Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Student Professional Association)

The national goal to “leave no child behind” in educational achievement requires a highly qualified teaching force, and a highly qualified teaching force requires a teacher education faculty that generates new knowledge, investigates new solutions to educational challenges, and supports the professional development of the next generation of teachers.  Such a teaching force also needs education leaders within school systems who support and help retain both new and experienced teachers through professional development programs, curriculum design, policy development, and data-based decision-making.  The Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction was designed to address these goals.  The degree focuses on urban education, with particular emphasis on literacy and mathematics.  The program consists of three specialty areas:  literacy education, mathematics education, and urban education.

As the students’ voice, we will benefit PhD cohorts across these three specialty areas by keeping the flow of communication open between these strands and by promoting opportunities on the UNC Charlotte campus.  We will also support research in the field of urban education and provide prospects for professional growth.  Finally, we will work to disseminate knowledge about urban students in the surrounding districts and across the state and nation in order to enrich the lives of all children, their families, and their communities. 

We invite you to join us!  By doing so you will have full benefit of the annual Doctoral Student Research Forum, limited travel funding, and additional opportunities for program participation.  A membership form can be found in the last section of the student handbook.  (Modest annual dues are required.)