D.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

  • The Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is a graduate program intended for teacher/scholars who have demonstrated distinguished achievement as practitioners or administrators in the field of education. The D.Ed. is a professional degree conferred upon candidates who have demonstrated the ability to function effectively in the role of teacher-educator in college and university settings and who have a commitment to the professional development of preservice and in-service teachers.

    Successful completion of the doctorate in curriculum and instruction signifies that program graduates function effectively as teacher/scholars who: 1) understand and apply educational theory, 2) demonstrate competence in curriculum evaluation, 3) fulfill the role of teacher-educator committed to working with diverse populations, and 4) conduct independent research that makes a significant contribution to the field of education.

    The program leading to a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is an applied sequence of courses, experiences, and research for individuals who are seeking to begin careers in higher education or to become curriculum experts and professional development specialists in public, private, and independent schools.

    The Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to prepare teacher/scholars who work with preservice and in-service educators in university and school settings. In fulfilling their role as teacher-educators, those who earn the D.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction have mastered four areas: educational theory, teacher education, curriculum evaluation, and research methods.

    The program intends to prepare doctoral graduates who will:

    • Fulfill the teacher-educator’s role in ways that reflect the highest standards for academic rigor, intellectual inquiry, and professional integrity
    • Study curriculum as a discipline including the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs in education
    • Analyze critical issues in curriculum and instruction, both historical and contemporary, as they relate to a broad range of disciplinary specialties in the field
    • Use technology for developing outstanding college-level courses and professional development programs for preservice and in-service educators
    • Demonstrate knowledge of adult development, characteristics of adult learners, and appropriate ways of supporting educators’ professional growth
    • Apply knowledge of learners and curriculum to offer exemplary college-level instruction and supervision to practitioners in the field of education
    • Master the research skills of the teacher/scholar in education as demonstrated by professional presentations, scholarly writing, and the successful completion of independent dissertation research
    • Contribute to the commonwealth and other educational settings by working effectively and ethically with diverse populations of educators, children, families, and communities

    Admissions Criteria

    Students who have earned a valid instructional certificate from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may pursue the Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Certificate in conjunction with a 6-credit Supervised Doctoral Internship.

    Program Requirements

    A total of 60 semester-hour credits beyond the master’s degree are required in the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction. The credits are allocated as follows:

    I. Core (33 cr.)

    CURR 905 Curriculum Evaluation 3 cr.
    CURR 910 Advanced Topics in Human Development and Learning 3 cr.
    CURR 925 Critical Analysis of Issues in Education 3 cr.
    CURR 930 Analysis of Effective Instruction 3 cr.
    CURR 935 Education for Cultural Pluralism 3 cr.
    CURR 940 Technology in the Curriculum 3 cr.
    CURR 945 Literacy: Theory, Research, and Practice 3 cr.
    CURR 951 Issues and Processes in Curricular Change 3 cr.
    CURR 955 Doctoral Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction 3 cr.
    ----- Electives 6 cr.

    II. Professional Skills (12 cr.)

    CURR 915 Writing for Professional Publication 3 cr.
    CURR 920 Doctoral Seminar in Research Methods 3 cr.
    EDSP 915 Doctoral Seminar in Applied Educational Research 3 cr.
    CURR 982 Research Instrument Design 3 cr.
    CURR 983 Qualitative Research Methods in Education 3 cr.

    III. Internship (6 cr.)

    CURR 798 Supervised Doctoral Internship 6 cr.

    IV. Dissertation (9 cr.)

    CURR 995 Dissertation 9 cr.

    V. Professional Portfolio

    The professional portfolio will be developed during the course of the doctoral program. See the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction Handbook for detailed guidelines.