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Ph.D. in Education (Curriculum and Instruction)

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education degree, with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction, is designed for teachers and other educational personnel who seek to improve their performance in general and in specialized areas in either the public schools or the private sector. This program is designed for students who desire positions requiring advanced preparation at the highest level with emphasis on theories of curriculum and instruction and in-depth preparation in research.

For example, this program is oriented toward students who aspire to positions with institutions of higher education, state level departments of education in the United States, ministries of education in foreign countries, educational sections of human service agencies, business and industry, and public schools.


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 College 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.