Doctoral Programs

Curriculum and Instruction Doctorate

In-Person or Online 61 credit hours Ed.D * 67 credit hours Ph.D

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*if using financial aid

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In your area one night a week OR fully online
Programs designed for working educators

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

Curriculum and Instruction Specialization: 30 semester hours

3School/District Improvement Data Analysis
3Research Based Decision Making
3Design on Learning Environments
3The Impact of ESEA on the Educational Landscape
3Curriculum Theory and Design
3Multicultural Education
3Instructional Coaching
3Global Perspectives on Curriculum and Instruction
3Research-Based Instructional Practices
3Curriculum Leadership

Doctoral Program Core

Foundations/Philosophy/Ethics: 12 semester hours

3Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge (Ph.D only)
3Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership (Ed.D only)
3Organizational Change
3Policy Analysis
3Ethics for Educational Leaders