Education Doctorate (Ed. D.) in Curriculum and Instruction - Teaching

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The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers this degree program.

Is this Program for Me?

The Doctoral Program in Curriculum & Instruction (C & I) with an Emphasis in Teaching prepares students to assume leadership positions in school districts and other organizations as well as academic teaching positions at universities and colleges. Students learn multiple concepts of curriculum and the associated teaching purposes, strategies, and methods. The needs of adult learners are also integral to this area of specialization.

Students will be able to finish this degree in approximately five years if they are registered full-time (at least 9 hours per semester). If students attend school part-time, it will take longer to complete the program.

What will I learn?

This program emphasizes foundations of psychological and educational theory, statistics, and research methodology. Students work closely with faculty and fellow classmates to learn the following skills:

  • Conduct original research and critique existing curriculum
  • Write in a scholarly manner
  • Make a scholarly presentation
  • Participate in the scholarly community
  • Publish in the scholarly community

Students develop professional leadership, ethical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills through:

  • Coursework
  • Residency
  • Internship
  • Candidacy Research Project
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation

Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan. Following is the most current sample degree plan for the Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Teaching.

What can I do with my degree?

Graduates with an Ed. D. in Teaching pursue positions in settings such as:

  • Higher Education
  • Early Childhood – 12th grade Schools
  • Early Childhood – 12th grade Administration
  • Regional Service Centers
  • State Departments of Education

The Ed. D. in C & I - Teaching can lead to a wide variety of positions such as:

  • College or University Professors
  • Public and Private School Administrators
  • Executive Directors of Educational Service Centers
  • State Departments of Education Curriculum Leaders
  • Curriculum Developers
  • Researchers
  • Consultants
  • Educational Research Analysts
  • Program Evaluators

To apply for this program, please see the Graduate Application Checklist

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