Department of Educational Studies

Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction

students workingThe Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to meet the needs of individuals involved with the curriculum, teaching and supervision aspects of discipline-centered areas of study. The degree provides patterns of study for teachers and supervisors who want an education beyond the master’s degree. This program develops educators as researchers and advanced professionals in education. 

The Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction is a 60 semester hour program. You will take courses in research along with course selected with your adviser based on your interests and goals. The program culminates with completion and presentation of dissertation research.


Apply to the College of Graduate Studies. Select Curriculum and Instruction (PHD). 


If you are interested in developing your expertise in designing online or technology enhanced learning environments or in supporting others in using technology for learning you may be interested in our doctoral program in educational technology.

  • Admission to the College of Graduate Studies
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university 
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale for all previous academic work
  • Evidence of research and writing ability and previous academic work to successfully complete the program of study 
  • Acceptable scores on the GRE, 144 for verbal and quantitative and 3.0 for writing is preferred

Apply to the College of Graduate Studies. You will need to submit these materials:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education 
  • GRE scores from an exam taken within the last five years
  • Purpose statement describing your background and goals as well as the importance of the degree in achieving these goals
  • Two academic writing samples
  • Three letters of reference
  • Additional materials are required for international students  
The Judith Herb College of Education has a limited number of graduate assistantships available each year. These positions provide students with the opportunity to work closely with faculty in their area of interest as well as financial support. In addition, assistantships funded by externally supported research projects may be available. To apply, submit a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae or resume to the department at

Want more information? Contact our Faculty who have expertise in the areas of study in curriculum and instruction. 


doctoral sample  program
Professional Seminars: 6 credit hours taken at the beginning of the program 
CI 8700 Professional Seminar I (3 hrs.)
CI 8710 Professional Seminar II (3 hrs.)
Research Tools*: 12 credit hours
RESM 7310 Educational Research (3 hrs.)
RESM 7330 Qualitative Research Methods (3 hrs.)
RESM 8120 Quantitative Methods II (3 hrs.)
CI 8930 Independent Research in Curriculum and Instruction (3 hrs.)
Curriculum and Instruction Area of Concentration: (33 credit hours)
Courses selected with adviser 
Comprehensive Exams and Candidacy 
Dissertation Research: 9 credit hours
CI 8960 Dissertation in Curriculum and Instruction (9 hrs.)

*See JHCOE Graduate Catalog for more options. 


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Last Updated: 12/17/19