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Educational Inquiry & Curriculum Studies

The fundamental objective of the Department is to provide and promote knowledge and a critical understanding within three programs under the umbrella of Educational Inquiry & Curriculum Studies, namely Educational Foundations, Inner City Studies Education, and Secondary Education. We teach knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with pre- and in-service undergraduate and graduate educational foundations and secondary education, as well as undergraduate/graduate content associated with inner city studies education. The Educational Inquiry & Curriculum Studies Department offers bachelor’s and  master’s degrees in secondary education and inner city studies education, as well as a post-baccalaureate teacher licensure program in secondary and middle level education.

Career Opportunities in Educational Inquiry & Curriculum Studies     

Our faculty supports your pursuit of a professional career broadly in the field of education, and specifically in areas of secondary education teaching and inner city studies education. Career opportunities are available pk-12 schools, social and human service organizations, alternative educational programs, mentorship programs, community-based organizations, museums, after-school programs, and not-for-profits organizations, to name a few. Through our programs you can become an educator in a variety of capacities. Our advisors can provide you with more information to fit your specific needs.


Located at both Lech Walesa Hall (LWH) and Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS), the Department of Educational Inquiry & Curriculum Studies has spaces to accommodate the range of pedagogical needs future educators and practicing teachers need to gain access and experiences in a variety of settings. All of our facilities are state of the art with the required safety standards in place.


The Department of Educational Inquiry & Curriculum Studies programs are an accredited part of the College of Education which is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Faculty Support Dyett Plan

College Faculty Support Dyett Revitalization Plan

On August 24, over 100 faculty members from 14 Chicago-area colleges delivered the following letter to Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Public School Board CEO Forrest Claypool, and Board President Frank Clark supporting the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett proposal for the new Dyett High School.

We urge Mayor Emanuel, CPS Board of Education President Clark, and CEO Claypool to immediately approve the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett proposal for the Dyett High School of Global Leadership and Green Technology. On August 17, 2015, twelve parents, grandparents, and supporters began a hunger strike to press CPS to implement this plan for a public open enrollment neighborhood school in Bronzeville. Reverend Jesse Jackson and CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey have joined the hunger strike.

Since CPS voted in 2012 to phase out Dyett—the last open-enrollment high school in Bronzeville—hundreds of parents and community residents have done everything possible, including following the procedures set forth by CPS, to petition CPS to implement the Coalition plan to revitalize Dyett High School which closed in Spring 2015. African American children in Bronzeville deserve the same high quality education available to children in other areas of the city. The plan for Dyett High School of Global Leadership and Green Technology is based on solid education research and was developed through extensive community engagement over five years in collaboration with education experts. The high school will be well-rounded, academically rigorous, culturally relevant, inquiry-based, grounded in the Bronzeville community and enriched by involvement of an impressive coalition of green technology, urban agriculture, and community organizations and university partners. It will be a school that any parent in Chicago would want to send their child to. The process of community involvement and the proposal for the school should be a model for revitalizing neighborhood public schools in Chicago.

As educators, who understand that democratic community participation in local public schools is a vital component of school success, we support the coalition plan to revitalize Dyett High School and strongly urge the CPS Board of Education to support their efforts as well.

Educational Inquiry & Curriculum Studies

EICS Faculty and Staff Profiles

EICS Faculty and Staff Profiles

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