May 13, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Curriculum and Instruction (Ph.D.)

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The Curriculum and Instruction  Ph.D. program is directed by a minimum of five members of the university graduate faculty, including a major professor with substantial expertise in the area of emphasis, two other faculty members with strengths in the area of emphasis, one faculty member outside the student’s specialization, and one faculty member appointed by the dean of the Graduate School who serves as the chair of the examination committee for the oral defense of the dissertation.

Each student’s program of study is individualized with the approval of the major professor and the supervisory committee to optimize the student’s interests, expertise, and professional goals.

Information on the Ph.D. programs may be obtained from the College of Education Office of Graduate Studies in 018 Bluemont Hall or from the relevant department chair.

Credit hour requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction requires a minimum of 90 postbaccalaureate, graduate credit hours. With the approval of the supervisory committee, up to 30 graduate hours earned as part of the Master’s degree may be used to satisfy the degree

Areas of emphasis (54 credit hours)

Theory Course (3 credit hours)

Possible courses include:

  • Credits: 3 (This course is offered in the Fall of odd years.)
  • Or a theory course in the content field (e.g., EDCI 818 Theoretical Models of Reading)  
  • Or a theory course approved by the advisor

Courses with the EDCI prefix (12 hours)

A minimum of 12 credit hours of the post-master’s credits on the Ph.D. Program of Study must designate the EDCI prefix at the 800 or 900 course level. Research credits (EDCI 999) and internship credits (EDCI 991) may not be applied to the 12 credit hour minimum.

Courses in the major and minor area (42 hours)

Foundations of Education (3 credit hours)

Possible courses include: 


EDCEP 816 Research Methods or its equivalent is considered a prerequisite for the 15 hours of research in the PhD program. Also, EDCI 760 Action Research in Education cannot be included in the 15-hour research course requirement.

Doctoral Research (18 hours minimum; no more than 30 hours)

Preliminary examination

Satisfactory completion of all segments of an examination over all areas of the program of study.

Dissertation research (18 credit hours minimum; no more than 30 credit hours)

Completion of a dissertation which examines a topic congruent with the program of study using a systematic methodology consistent with accepted research paradigms; the dissertation must be successfully defended in a public, oral defense.

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