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 DEd 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 DEd 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:
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.
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:
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.
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