Admission - Doctor of Philosophy in Education | C&I | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Curriculum and Instruction

Admission - Doctor of Philosophy in Education | C&I | SIU

Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.)


  • Overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  • Overall master’s grade point average of at least 3.25 (4.0 scale)
  • Proof of English proficiency for international applicants – see
  • GRE score with minimal scores of 143 Verbal, 147 Quantitative, and 3.5 Analytical Writing (less than 5 years old)
  • Academic writing skills
  • Research experience


The following is a checklist for application to the Ph.D. in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) program.

  • Complete an online application at
  • Fall and Summer application deadline: February 1; Spring application deadline: September 1. Note: all admission documents must be submitted by the application deadline.
  • Provide the names and contact information for 3 references
  • Submit a Resume/Vita
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose
  • Submit official copies of test scores and transcripts from universities attended (not SIUC) to Debbie Blair
  • Submit a description of your research interest and experience
  • Submit a Writing Sample
  • Pay the application fee


The concentration in Curriculum and Instruction has both School of Education and C&I requirements. A minimum of 72 semester hours beyond the master’s degree is required.

The School of Education Professional Core (6 semester hours)

  • EDUC 510 - Introduction to Doctoral Studies in Education
  • EDUC 511 - Doctoral Seminar in Philosophical and Cultural Foundations of Education - OR - EDUC 512 - Doctoral Seminar in Behavioral and Cognitive Foundations of Education.

The C&I requirements include a core of 9 semester hours, at least 24 semester hours in the selected program area; at least 3 research methods courses totaling at least 9 semester hours; and a minimum of 24 semester hours of dissertation.

The Professional Core of courses in C&I (9 semester hours)

  • CI 582 - Advanced Research Methods in Education
  • CI 583 - Instructional Theory, Principles, and Practices
  • CI 584 - Curriculum Theory, Foundations, and Principles

All professional core courses must be completed with a grade of C or better, and an overall grade point average of 3.0 must be obtained for the professional core.

Curriculum and Instruction faculty offer expert guidance and elective courses in the following areas:

  • Assessment
  • Educating with Technology
  • Family Studies
  • Human Development
  • Language, Literacies, and Culture
  • Learning Systems Design & Technology
  • Mathematics Education
  • Science Education
  • Social Science Education
  • Teacher Leadership



All students are required to take EAHE 587 - Introduction to Qualitative Research and QUAN 505 - Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods and one additional cross-departmental graduate-level course in research methodology. This third research course is selected by the doctoral committee in cooperation with the graduate student. Research tools are selected on the basis of their appropriateness for the area of concentration, program area, and type of dissertation research.


The preparation and direction of the preliminary examination are the responsibility of the program area faculty and the student’s doctoral committee. Concepts related to curriculum, instruction, and research/evaluation will be integrated into the preliminary examination. Additional oral and written examinations may be required by the student’s doctoral committee. The examination is offered 3 times a year: Thursday and Friday of the fifth week of each term. A student may take the examination no more than 3 times.

For more information see the C&I Preliminary Examination Guidelines.


Students may not register for more than 6 dissertation hours until they have been advanced to candidacy. Having been admitted to candidacy, students submit prospectuses to their doctoral committees for approval. The dissertation must show high attainment in an independent original, scholarly, and creative effort. The student’s dissertation will be circulated to members of the doctoral committee at least 3 weeks in advance of the proposed defense. The prospectus and the dissertation must be uploaded to the student’s LiveText account.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction requires an oral examination conducted by the doctoral committee. Oral examinations are open to all interested observers. Notice of the time and place of the examination and the abstract of the dissertation are circulated throughout the department and the University.