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

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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 Gifted & Talented Education is designed to develop research, knowledge, understanding, application, and synthesis for teaching gifted and talented students.

One feature of this program is convenience for busy professionals. The program includes five core and elective courses that are offered online. They are presented with a live chat room/whiteboard complemented with a web enhanced asynchronous environment on discussion boards. This allows participants to engage at their own convenience.

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?

The C & I – Gifted and Talented Education doctoral program underscores foundations of educational theory, processes of teaching and research methodology.

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

  • Coursework
  • Residency
  • Internship
  • Candidacy research project
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation

They will also develop essential knowledge and skills in order to:

  • Write, present and publish scholarly research
  • Understand, apply and synthesize research for gifted and talented programs
  • Participate in the scholarly community
  • Teach advanced courses in Gifted and Talented Education
  • Initiate programs for Pre-K-12 Gifted and Talented Students

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 – Gifted and Talented Education.

What can I do with my degree?

This program prepares students for careers in:

  • Higher Education
  • K-12 Administration
  • Private Sectors
  • Nonprofit organizations that serve Gifted and Talented populations

Graduates with an Ed. D. in C & I – Gifted and Talented Education may pursue the following positions:

  • College or University Professors
  • Researchers
  • Consultants
  • Educational Research Analysts
  • Program evaluators

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

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