The objectives of the Department of Curriculum’s undergraduate programs are both professional and functional. The professional objectives are to provide (1) pre-service education for prospective teachers and (2) general background and training in education for students choosing other career options in education. The functional objectives are to (1) prepare critical thinking change agents for social justice in urban schools and communities (2) conduct research that addresses global educational challenges, particularly those in urban areas, as well as those in the nation, region and state, as a basis for formulating teacher education programs that address education conditions affecting historically disenfranchised populations.