Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Curriculum & Instruction Doctoral

Hybrid 63 major credits * 3 years

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What You Learn

This program is for potential and practicing educational leaders who aspire to develop and refine their instructional leadership skills at the site or district level.

The Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction will prepare learners to become instructional leaders, who will create and strategically manage processes related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of educational practices and acquire tools needed to provide professional leadership in curriculum, teacher education, program evaluation, family and community engagement, and professional learning in the schools.

How You Learn

An Ed.D. program with an integrated curriculum will be offered. In the fall and spring semesters, students will take one module consisting of six integrated credit hours and a 1-credit-hour seminar focused on their clinical experience and their dissertation. In the summers, students take one module consisting of 12 credit hours in addition to the clinical experience/dissertation seminar. Once these modules are complete, two semesters (6 hours and 3 hours) of dissertation conclude the program. All degree evidences are evaluated and stored in an electronic portfolio.

Low Residency Blended Format: The program is offered in a face-to-face weekend format three weekends per semester on Saturday (9-5) and Sunday (9-5) with additional work done online and by virtual communication. During the summer sessions, the timing and format of the sessions will include weekdays and will also include will also include attendance at a summer conference held on the campus of Gardner-Webb University.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum & Instruction. They will be eligible for D level licensure as an Instructional Specialist after attaining a passing score on the appropriate PRAXIS exam. Students completing the program typically work as Curriculum or Instructional Leaders within classrooms or districts, as mentors/coaches for colleagues, and/or as instructors at the collegiate level.

Gardner-Webb University offers an EdS degree program for candidates who complete all EDCI coursework, and wish to graduate from Gardner-Webb without completing a dissertation. This degree may support candidates who have determined the dissertation is no longer a necessary step in
pursuing their professional goals and allows for recognition of the advanced coursework completed in the program.


Students in the Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction program must hold at least a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 grade point average on all graduate-level work. A minimum of 3 years of experience is preferred and a teacher’s license is required. Applicants without a teaching license must provide a letter stating their teaching experience.

Degree Requirements

EDCI 700
Theory Development Module
EDCI 701
EDCI Seminar/Internship
EDCI 702
Issues and Models in Curriculum Module
EDCI 703
EDCI Seminar/Internship
EDCI 704
Research Design and Methods Module
EDCI 705
EDCI Seminar/Internship
EDCI 706
Reform and Change Theory Module
EDCI 707
EDCI Seminar/Internship
EDCI 708
Assessment and Evaluation Module
EDCI 709EDCI Seminar/Internship1
EDCI 710
Curriculum/Instructional Module
EDCI 711EDCI Seminar/Internship1
EDCI 712EDCI Dissertation Module 16
EDCI 713EDCI Dissertation Module 23
 Total Credit Hours:63
Please Note:

Students will be enrolled in EDLS 714 Dissertation Continuation for 3 credit hours until dissertation is complete.