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The Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies (CILS) prepares aspiring future educators to research, develop and implement innovative curricula and educational practices, so that they might build a better future - one student at a time. Students in our academic programs are integrated into the field of education through real-world experiences in diverse settings, such as subject-specific clinics and laboratories, professional development classrooms, research-based practices and study abroad opportunities. Our online programs allow students to gain these experiences in their home communities, supervised remotely by WVU faculty. 

Programs in elementary education, secondary education and curriculum and instruction prepare students for excellence as a pre-K to adult classroom teacher. Our literacy education program prepares educators with additional skills to assess and motivate struggling learners. Programs in higher education administration enhance leadership skills and prepare students for academic administration and student affairs positions. With these programs, we provide the knowledge and foundations to allow our students to excel in the classroom and beyond.