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Ph.D in Curriculum Studies

The Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Curriculum Studies program is 80 credit hours. You must have three years of classroom teaching experience and a master's degree to apply to the program. All courses are delivered online or in person with a required one semester on-campus residency.

Required Courses (80 credit hours)

Program Knowledge Base
Students must take 6 credit hours of the required courses listed below.

  • PRST 5610 Intro to Doctoral Studies (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5810 Writing for Professional Publication (3 credit hours)

Students must then select an additional 6 credit hours of elective courses. Course selection is subject doctoral committee approval.

  • EDCI 5600 Diversity in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5800 Curriculum Development (3 credit hours)
  • EDAD 5720 - Educational Leader as Change Agent (3 credit hours)
  • EDAD 5650 - Educational Leader as Communicator (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5665 History & Philosophy of Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5730 Learning & Cognition (3 credit hours)
  • PRST 5900 Practicum in College Teaching (3 credit hours)
  • Other graduate-level courses determined in consultation with committee

Advanced Research Courses
Students must take 6 credit hours of the required courses listed below.

  • EDRE 5600 - Ed Research 1: Descriptive (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5640 - Intro to Qualitative Research (3 credit hours)

Students must then select an additional 6 credit hours of elective research courses. Course selection is subject doctoral committee approval.

  • EDRE 5121 - Ethics in Reseach and Professional Practice (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5530 - Introduction to Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5550 - Action Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5610 - Ed Research 2: Group Comparison (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5620 - Ed Research 3: Correlational (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5630 - Ed Research 4: Multivariate (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5650 - Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5870 - Mixed Methods or other Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • Other graduate-level research course determined in consultation with committee

Practicum/Internship
Two credit hours. Must be determined with doctoral committee.

  • EDCI 5580 - Internship (2 credit hours)

Curriculum and Instruction Specialization
Students must select a minimum of 15 credit hours around one area at the 4000 level or better; courses below are menu options, not requirements Course selection is subject doctoral committee approval.

  • ITEC 5030 Introduction to Online Teaching (3 credit hours)

Foundations of Education

  • ADED 5050 Learning Theories for Education (3 credit hours)
  • ADED 5510 Adult Ed Movement in the US (3 credit hours)
  • ADED 5680 Issues in Higher Education (3 credit hours)
  • ADED 5710 International and Comparative Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5665 History & Philosophy of Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5050 MSGI Issues in Education (3 credit hours)
  • ADED 5260 Educational Issues in Race, Class & Gender (3 credit hours)
  • FCSC 5114 Human Lifespan Development (3 credit hours)
  • FCSC 5117 Understanding Community Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • FCSC 5122 Developmental Contexts Across the Lifespan (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5070 International Issues in Education (3 credit hours)
  • Other graduate-level coursework determined in consultation with committee (3 credit hours)

Early Childhood/Elementary Education

  • EDCI 5140 Storytelling (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5160 Recent Trends in Children’s Literature (3 credit hours)
  • EDEC 5210 Special Topics in Early Childhood Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5050 MSGI Issues in Education (3 credit hours)
  • ADED 5260 Educational Issues in Race, Class & Gender (3 credit hours)
  • EDEC 5240 Eval Young Children W/Disabilities (3 credit hours)
  • EDEC 5220 Children with Disabilities B-5 (3 credit hours)
  • EDEC 5230 Curriculum for Young Children with Disabilities (3 credit hours)
  • EDEC 5250 Legal Issues in Early Childhood Special Education Health Management (3 credit hours)
  • EDEC 4350 Issues in Early Childhood Special Education (3 credit hours)
  • FCSC 4124 Families of Young Children with Special Needs (3 credit hours)
  • FCSC 5120 Infancy and Toddlerhood (3 credit hours)
  • FCSC 5129 Seminar in Child Development (3 credit hours)
  • FCSC 5132 Seminar in Family Studies (3 credit hours)
  • FCSC 5112 Family Decision and Resource Management (3 credit hours)
  • FCSC 5138 Family Stress/Coping (3 credit hours)

American Indian Education

  • EDCI 5110 Educational Foundations of American Indian Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5121 History and Philosophy of American Indian Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5130 Cultural Foundations of American Indian Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5141 Instructional Methods in American Indian Education (3 credit hours)
  • Other graduate-level coursework determined in consultation with committee (3 credit hours)

English as a Second Language

  • EDCI 5350 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5430 ESL Theory and Methods I (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5440 ESL Theory and Methods II (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5760 Social Literacies (3 credit hours)
  • Other graduate-level coursework determined in consultation with committee (3 credit hours)

Secondary Content Area

  • 15 hours of content-area graduate-level coursework determined in consultation with committee

Dissertation in Practice
Students must take all 12 credit hours listed below.

  • EDCI 5980 - Dissertation Research (6 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5660 Dissertation Prospectus Writing (6 credit hours)

Other Requirements

After coursework is completed, you mush satisfy the below requirements before completing your program and gaining your doctoral credential.

  • Preliminary Exam - After completing your coursework you will need to take a preliminary exam.
  • Program Outcomes - You must submit written demonstration to show you have met the learning outcomes determined by your program, department, or committee.
  • Dissertation - After your preliminary exam, you will present and defend your doctoral dissertation.
  • Residency - You must satisy all requirements of your residency.

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