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Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction — Curriculum Studies Concentration Online

Complete Coursework: 36 months Credit Hours: 60 units Tuition: $33,703 SC Certified Teachers $37,123 All Other Applicants

The Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction — Curriculum Studies Concentration is informed by the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate Consortium (CPED) and is designed for professional educators who want to excel as curriculum specialists in PK-12, higher education institutions or in the private sector.

This online Ed.D. prepares leaders for the challenges of curricular administration including culture and leadership, ethics and morals, and curriculum design and implementation. The Ed.D. does not result in teacher certification or school administration certification.

This online degree program offers:

  • A perspective on contemporary, historical, and critical curriculum issues
  • A diverse curriculum from one of the premier research educational institutions in the country
  • Preparation for educational leadership roles including university professorships, district-level curriculum administration, and school-level instructional positions

Program Requirements

Curriculum & Instruction Courses (4 courses) 12 hours
Curriculum Studies Concentration (5 courses) 15 hours
Professional Development Concentration (3 courses) 9 hours
Research Concentration (4 courses) 12 hours
Dissertation Preparation (EDCS 899 credits) 12 hours
Minimum total credit hours required 60 hours

Online Courses

Curriculum & Instruction Core

The Curriculum & Instruction Core provides an opportunity for students to develop critical thinking curricular perspectives including knowledge of practical skills, theoretical constructs, and recognition of the integral and intersectional relationship of theory to practice and social action.

An introduction to the vast array of differences among children, youth, and adults and the impact of these differences on the curriculum, their learning, and their social and emotional development.
The formulation and use of interpretive frameworks to study and understand the relationships among human diversity, school structures, and the curriculum.
Behavioral and cognitive learning principles applicable to the design of technology-based instruction and performance training.
Principles and models of instructional design and the assessment of learning. Applications of the instructional design process and assessment criteria to develop instruction and assessment tools for technology-based environments.

Curriculum Studies Concentration

The Curriculum Studies Concentration emphasizes concerns for equity pedagogies and social justice, self-knowledge, cultural issues, and human growth and development through a praxiological (theory/practice) approach to diversity education.

A critical examination of theories of race and ethnicity and their impact on the curriculum. The dynamics of dominance, issues of social justice, and means of social action are explored.
A study of gender, culture, and power; research and theory from educational psychology, sociology, history, and current feminist scholarship.
Presentation of methods and procedures to design, develop, implement, and evaluate curricula.
Study of theory, research, and practice of curriculum leadership as a transformative enterprise with particular focus on embracing diversity and fostering social justice in schools and other social institutions.
Intensive study of a designated topic influencing curriculum theory and/or practice.

Research Courses

The Research Concentration courses provide an opportunity for introduce students to the process of conducting their own classroom-based, school-based, or social institution-based inquiry; to identify a problem of practice; and to develop components of the DiP proposal using action research as a methodology.

Research Courses (4 courses)

  • EDRM 700—Introduction to Research
  • EDRM 801—Principles and Applications of Educational Research
  • EDCS 812—Principles of Action Research
  • EDCS 813—Advanced Action Research

Professional Development Concentration

The Professional Development Cognate Concentration is a focused study of a selected group of courses designed to support students' exploration of inquiry-based reform of classroom practice and school policy.

Cognate Courses (3 courses)

  • EDCS 721—Diversity Training for Staff Development
  • EDCS 729—Organizational Change in Education
  • EDCS 823—Curriculum Inquiry

Qualifying Exam

The Qualifying Exam provides an opportunity for students to confirm that the program is an appropriate fit by demonstrating early proficiency at dissertation research skills. Successful completion of Chapter One/Prospectus and submission of the Doctoral Program of Study (DPOS) qualifies the student to PASS the Qualifying Exam.

Dissertation Preparation Course (1 course)

  • EDCS 899-1Q—Dissertation Preparation
    • Qualifying Exam [Chapter 1/Dissertation Prospectus]

Comprehensive Exam

The Comprehensive Exam provides an opportunity for students to continue developing the research plan for the Dissertation in Practice. Successful completion of Chapters One-Three/Proposal qualifies the student to PASS the Comprehensive Exam.

Dissertation Preparation Course (1 course)

  • EDCS 899-2C—Dissertation Preparation
    • Comprehensive Exam [Chapters 1-3/Dissertation Proposal]

Data Collection

The Data Collection provides an opportunity for students to complete the research activities outlined in Chapter 3/Methodology. Successful collection and analysis of data for Chapters Four qualifies the student to the Final EDCS 899 course.

Dissertation Preparation Course (1 course)

  • EDCS 899-3D—Dissertation Preparation
    • Data Collection [Chapter 4]

Final Dissertation Defense

The Dissertation Defense provides an opportunity for students to finalize the dissertation in practice and defend the results to the dissertation committee. Successful completion of the full dissertation, Chapters One-Five, and positive votes from the dissertation committee qualifies the student to PASS the Final Defense.

Dissertation Preparation Course (1 course)

  • EDCS 899-4F—Dissertation Preparation
    • Finalize & Defend Dissertation [Chapters 1-5]

NOTE: Students must be enrolled in a minimum of one 899 credit during the semester of the dissertation defense and anticipated graduation.

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