Doctor of Education: Curriculum and Instruction

This doctorate program focuses on advanced study in the areas of curriculum and teaching, and gives you the ability to continue working in school systems or apply your expert knowledge to an industry you're invested in.

The curriculum and instruction is designed to prepare you for professional participation, not to be an abstract philosopher or clinical researcher. Graduates of this program work in:

  • public and private schools
  • government agencies
  • community colleges
  • universities
  • other agencies
Visit our program website to learn more.

Degree Requirements

For this 90-credit hour program, which involves completing a dissertation, you will take:

  • ECI 710, 730, and 740
  • one course from: EDF 703, EDF 711, or EPS 712 
  • EDF 672
  • ECI 675, EDR 610, EDR 611, and EPS 525 
  • one Educational Foundations course numbered 500 or above
  • ECI 761, ECI 796, and EPS 720 
  • one course from: EDR 720, 725, or 730
  • EPS 625 or 725
  • a planned focus covering current thought in an area of applied curriculum and instruction (18 credit hours)
  • one course from: ECI 649, 666, 696, or 771
  • ECI 798
  • additional graduate course work (12 credit hours)
  • ECI 799 (nine credit hours)
Admission Process

There are three steps involved in applying to our doctorate program:

  1. Apply for admission through the university's Graduate College.
  1. Submit the names, position titles, addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers of six recommenders who are familiar with your professional work.
  1. Submit your Doctoral Admissions Portfolio, comprised of six components:
    1. a vita
    2. a goal statement
    3. a professional writing sample
    4. GRE or MAT test results
    5. recommendations
    6. transcripts
Residency Requirement

This program has a one-year on-campus residency requirement. There are two ways to meet the residency requirement in this program.

You may enroll as a full-time student either for:

  • at least two consecutive semesters on campus which may include academic year and/or summer semesters
  • or at least two semesters on campus, but not consecutive, which may include academic year and/or summer semesters


Read through the program's Doctoral Handbook.

Academic Catalog Listing

See the academic catalog for full details on this degree, including a course listing.