Curriculum and Instruction

Program Objectives:

The Ph.D/Ed.D program in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for educational experts who desire to design, implement, evaluate, and manage curriculum and instruction programs in K-12 schools. The goals of doctoral study in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Diversity are to develop the abilities for research and critical thinking in the field of curriculum and instruction with a theoretical and practical knowledge; to develop competency in curriculum evaluation, development, and mapping; to improve understanding in the teaching and learning process; build a strong professional background in areas related to curriculum and instruction; and to support and lead reform and change efforts related to teacher development in schools. The coursework developed for the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program will assist in facilitating the exploration, discussion, and understanding of the challenges and possibilities of teacher education.

Program Requirements:

  • Application to and admission into the Ed.D or Ph.D Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program
  • Successful completion of 61 credit hours (Ed.D) or 67 credit hours (Ph.D)
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Dissertation

Program Components for the Doctor of Leadership Degree Curriculum and Instruction Specialization

Ed.D. Track

Course Title
EDU 6135 Fundamentals of Learning Theory
EDL 7140 Organizational Change
EDL 7120 Research Based Decision Making
EDU 7100 Curriculum Theory and Design
FPR 7011 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership
EDL 7210 Policy Analysis
EDU 7XXX Political and Social Contexts of Curriculum and Instruction
EDU 7XXX Multicultural Education
EDL 7300 Ethics for Educational Leaders
EDU 6380 Assessment, Evaluation, and Data Driven Decision Making
EDT 6010 Integrating Technology Across the Curriculum
GME 6300 Introduction to Grants
RES 7605 Quantitative Analysis
RES 7700 Qualitative Analysis
RES 7820 Program Evaluation
EDU 7XXX Curriculum Leadership
RES 7900 Research Design
DISS 7010 Dissertation
COMP 7000 Comprehensive Examination (fee-based)
DISS 7020 Dissertation
DISS 7030 Dissertation
DISS 8000* Dissertation Supervision (as needed, fee-based)*

Ph.D. Track

Course Title
EDU 6135 Fundamentals of Learning Theory
EDL 7140 Organizational Change
EDL 7120 Research Based Decision Making
EDU 7100 Curriculum Theory and Design
FPR 7300 Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge
EDL 7210 Policy Analysis
EDU 7XXX Political and Social Contexts of Curriculum and Instruction
EDU 7XXX Multicultural Education
EDL 7300 Ethics for Educational Leaders
EDU 6380 Assessment, Evaluation, and Data Driven Decision Making
EDT 6010 Integrating Technology Across the Curriculum
GME 6300 Introduction to Grants
RES 7605 Quantitative Analysis
RES 7700 Qualitative Analysis
RES 7820 Program Evaluation
EDU 7XXX Curriculum Leadership
RES 7800 Mixed Methods Research
RES 7600
OR
RES 7620
OR
RES 7710
Survey Research
OR
Advanced Topics in Statistics
OR
Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis
RES 7900 Research Design
DISS 7010 Dissertation
COMP 7000 Comprehensive Examination (fee-based)
DISS 7020 Dissertation
DISS 7030 Dissertation
DISS 8000* Dissertation Supervision (as needed, fee-based)*

* Students must register for DISS 8000 repeatedly (as needed) to maintain continuous enrollment until program completion.