The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is recognized within the state of Minnesota, nationally and internationally as a leader in education research and teacher preparation. The department has a long history of faculty who are both exceptional teachers, researchers, and collaborators with the public schools. It has cooperative ventures with the large and diverse school districts of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Students have gone on to make significant contributions in their chosen fields in the U.S. and abroad. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction, consistently ranks in the top twenty in the nation, and is part of the College of Education and Human Development.