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Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction

The Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction in the Department of Teaching & Learning provides a course of study for professional educators who desire to extend and advance knowledge in the theory and practice of education as university researchers. Areas of research emphasis include instructional technology, teacher education, mathematics education, literacy, cultural and international studies, and teaching English as a second language (TESL). The completion of this degree will particularly enable individuals to become skilled researchers as members of university faculties.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Understand theoretical and historical foundations of education;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and synthesis of major research in teaching schooling;
  • Exhibit knowledge and research application in the areas of emphasis;
  • Display college-level teaching experience;
  • Understand and apply the major tenets of research design and analysis spanning quantitative and qualitative methods. Begin to disseminate findings in refereed journals;
  • Prove the ability to successfully design, defend, and complete an extended educational study resulting in a defensible dissertation.

Career Possibilities

  • University or college professor
  • Curriculum leader
  • Educational consultant
  • Researcher for private and public institutions, organizations and associations
  • Educational administrator