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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Curriculum and Instruction (Ed.D.)

The Curriculum and Instruction   Ed.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, from another department within the College of Education 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 Ed.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 Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction requires a minimum of 94 post-baccalaureate, 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 requirements.


An introductory survey to research methods and methodologies in the social sciences. The course may be included on the Program of Study.

Possible courses: EDCEP 816 Research Methods in Education or a course approved by the supervisory committee.

Area of emphasis (48 credit hours)

Analysis and Interpretation of Educational Research: A Theory Course (3 credit hours)

Possible course includes:
EDCI 907  Curriculum Theory
Or, a Theory Course approved by the supervisory committee.

Courses with EDCI prefix (12 credit hours)

A minimum of 12 credit hours of the post-master’s credits on the Ed.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 (27 credit hours)

Foundational Knowledge (12 credit hours)

Possible courses for 1-4 below include:

History and Philosophy of Educational Ideas and Practice (3 credit hours)

Education in a Diverse Society (3 credit hours)

Supporting Positive Change through Educational Technology (3 credit hours)

ELD Track (9 credit hours)

Applies to EFL track only; all 9 hours of EFL courses listed are required for EFL track

Or, Foundational Knowledge courses approved by the supervisory committee.


Research courses (12 credit hours)

Research courses addressing methodology consistent with that required for the dissertation and approved by the supervisory committee.
Possible courses include:

Clinical Experience (12 credit hours)

  • EDCI 991 - Internship in Curriculum and Instruction Credits: 12
  • EDCI 991 Internship I in Curriculum & Instruction, Fall Year 1
  • EDCI 991 Internship II in Curriculum & Instruction, Spring Year 1 
  • EDCI 991 Internship III in Curriculum & Instruction, Fall Year 2 
  • EDCI 991 Internship IV in Curriculum & Instruction, Spring Year 2

Doctoral Research (16 credit hours)

  • EDCI 999 - Research in Curriculum and Instruction Credits: 16

Preliminary examination

Satisfactory completion of all segments of a written examination of at least 12 hours over all areas of the program of study.

Dissertation research (16 credit hours)

Completion of a dissertation which treats an important topic of professional education practice using a systematic methodology consistent with accepted research paradigms; the dissertation must be successfully defended in a public, oral defense.

  • EDCI 999 - Research in Curriculum and Instruction Credits: 16