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Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Courses

Students take courses in three core areas and an additional area of their choice:

  • a curriculum and instruction core: four courses designed to provide graduates with a deep understanding of curriculum, instructional assessment, policy, and how to design professional learning
  • a research core: six courses that introduce students to educational research, academic writing, quantitative and qualitative research methods; and enables students to complete their dissertation proposal during their course work
  • a foundations core: three courses that situates the program within a framework for equity and social justice
  • cognate: three courses in an area of the student's choice

Core Courses

EDG7359 Facilitating and Designing Professional Learning

This course introduces students to current theories and practices in professional learning and examines the role of leadership in professional learning. The course examines broader relationships between professional learning, education policy, and practice. Students will develop the pre-requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to facilitate, evaluate, and study effective professional learning through inquiry.

EDG7655 Policy and the Role of the Educational Leader

This course examines issues related to educational policy and reform from the perspective of educational leaders. Course topics include the history of educational policy development, frameworks for educational policy making, processes for analyzing educational policy, issues regarding the implementation of policy, and methods of policy research and evaluation.

EDG7351 Advanced Seminar in Instructional Assessment

This course focuses on evidence-based assessment of learning drawing upon learning and instructional theory and models, of effective teaching. Emphasis will be placed on the use of data for continuous improvement and program evaluation.

EDG7224 Advanced Perspectives on Curriculum

This course deepens students' understanding of curriculum and analyzes historical and contemporary theories, issues, and trends from multiple perspectives including social justice and equity.

Possible Cognate Choices Include:

  • reading and advanced literacy
  • elementary STEM education
  • TESOL educational technology
  • early childhood education
  • teacher leadership and mentoring
  • the whole child
  • disability services
  • exceptional student education
  • educational leadership
  • educational technology, training, and development
  • higher education administration
  • or create a customized cognate in consultation with the Program Director to fit your exact academic goal

Course Sequence

Fall Year 1

EDF 7545 - Philosophy of Education

EDA 7420 - Foundations of Educational Research in Educational Leadership

Spring Year 1

EDF 7635 - Cultural and Social Foundations of Education

EDG7359 Facilitating and Designing Professional Learning

Summer Year 1

EDA 7426 - Academic Writing in Education: Framing Problems of Practice

EDF 7215 - Learning and Instruction throughout the Lifespan

Fall Year 2

EDA 7400 - Research in Educational Leadership: Quantitative Methods

2nd C&I core course - EDG7932 Advanced Seminar in Instructional Assessment

Spring Year 2

EDA 7410 - Research in Educational Leadership: Qualitative Methods

Cognate Course #1

Summer Year 2

EDG7224 Advanced Perspectives on Curriculum

EDG7282 Policy and the Role of the Educational Leader

Fall Year 3 - Finalize committee chair/committees and developing your pre-proposal

EDA 7979 - Research Design Seminar 1: Advanced Methods


Spring Year 3 - IRB and finalize proposals.

EDA 7421 - Research Design Seminar 2: Proposal Development


Summer Year 3 - Focus is on data collection/analysis

EDA 7980 Doctoral Dissertation Research (1-6 hours) - Students register for up to 6 dissertation credits with guidance from the chair of your committee and the program director.

Fall Year 4 - Focus is on data analysis and final dissertation preparation.

EDA 7980 Doctoral Dissertation Research (1-6 hours) - Students register for up to 6 dissertation credits with the chair of your committee.

Spring Year 4 and beyond (if necessary)

EDA 7980 Doctoral Dissertation Research (1-3 credit hours) - Students register for up to 6 dissertation credits with the chair of your committee.

Curriculum and Instruction (Doctor of Education)

Program Description for Curriculum and Instruction

Major: Curriculum and Instruction Degree: Doctor of Education

Core Requirements (12 credits)

EDG7224 Adv. Persp. Curriculum (3 Credits)

EDG7932 Adv. Sem. Instr. Assess. (3 Credits)

EDG7359 Facilitating and Designing PL (3 Credits)

EDG7282 Policy and the Ed Leader. (3 Credits)

Foundation (9 credits)

EDF7545 Philosophy of Education (3 Credits)

EDF7635 Cultrl/Soc Foundation of Ed (3 Credits)

EDF7215 Learning and Instruction (3 Credits)

Research Core Requirements (18 credits)

EDA7420 Fnds of Research in Education (3 Credits)

EDA7426 Aca Wrt Frame Prob of Prac (3 Credits)

EDA7400 Quant Mtds in Education (3 Credits)

EDA7410 Qual Mtds in Education (3 Credits)

EDA7979 Res Design Sem 1: Adv Meths (3-6 Credits)

EDA7421 Res Design Sem 2: Prop Develo (3 Credits)

Cognate (9 credits)

Nine hours of 6000-7000 level courses may be used for the cognate. Courses must be within the same discipline.
NOTE: Courses used in a previous degree will not apply.

COGNATE 9 credits at 6000-7000 level

Dissertation (12 credits)

A minimum of 12 hours of dissertation is required.

EDA7980 Doctoral Dissertation Research (1-12 Credits)