Department of Curriculum and Instruction


The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education and Middle Level Education, masters and doctoral degrees for educators, endorsements and certificates. We are also home to the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic, serving the community with literacy services for K-12 students.

ELACHE - English Learners Advocacy Council in Higher Education

ELACHE is an organization of faculty in Illinois universities and other institutions who are involved in bilingual and English Learners (ELs) research and teacher preparation. ELACHE also has affiliated members who have an interest in advocating and promoting educational equity for ELs. James Cohen (Northern Illinois University) and Sonia Soltero (DePaul University) are the co-founders and current co-chairs of the organization.

If you are interested in the field of bilingual/ESL and elementary education, you are invited to become a student member of ELACHE. As a member, you will learn about real-world advocacy and how advocacy fits into your future role as teachers of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Upcoming Events

Social Justice Summer Camp

June 12-15, 2018
Interested in attending? Get more information about registration, keynote speakers and more.

STEM Read Summer Educator Institute

July 30-August 1, 2018
STEM Read and the Children’s Literature Teaching Collection are hosting a STEM Read Summer Educator Institute. Interested in attending? Get more information on the institute.

Contact Us

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Gabel Hall 147
815-753-8563 (fax) 

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