The Curriculum and Instruction EdD program is intended for individuals who are engaged in the practice of education in a variety of settings including schools, colleges, universities, businesses and industry. The program prepares students for engaging in the study of practice-based problems in education and data driven decision making, to generate real world solutions.

The Curriculum and Instruction EdD program is designed for experienced practicing educators and practitioners who wish to gain advanced skills in:

  1. Evaluating the effectiveness of educational and clinical programs and identifying impediments to effective practice and program improvement;
  2. Analyzing and synthesizing educational and clinical research and scholarship to identify research-based practices and solutions to complex problems of the practice;
  3. Leading the change process through the implementation of data and evidence-based decisions and solutions.

The Doctor of Education (EdD) program culminates with the Dissertation in Practice.
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Michele Gill
Program Coordinator

About Our Program

The Doctor of Education program is problem-based and designed for practitioners who aspire to positions of influence through their engagement in the development of others. The program builds that expertise from a core of courses in learning, development and motivation; data, accountability and leadership; organizational contexts and the use of research to drive decision-making. Students will work with a team of faculty and field advisers who will support their specialization area.

Areas of Specialization

Curriculum and Instruction doctoral students complete 15-18 credits of coursework in an area of specialization. Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet or speak with the Specialization Area Advisor about their professional interest prior to submitting an application.

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Psychology
  • Exceptional Student Education
  • English Language Arts
  • Gifted Education
  • Instructional Design and Technology
  • Methodology, Measurement and Analysis
  • Reading Education
  • Science Education
  • Social Science Education
  • Supporting High Needs Populations


To enter candidacy for the EdD, students must have an overall 3.0 GPA on all graduate work included in the planned program and successfully complete the required milestones.

  • Milestone 1: Gap Analysis
  • Milestone 2: Prospectus
  • Milestone 3: Proposal and Defense

Dissertation in Practice

The dissertation in practice experience is required in the EdD in Curriculum and Instruction.

The goal of the dissertation research is the application and integration of the skills, knowledge and experiences gained through focused study and in-depth inquiry in the EdD in Curriculum and Instruction. It is designed to authentically address a complex problem of practice, the dissertation provides the graduate with an experience that will serve to both increase understanding as well as enhance his/her current practice.


Is the EdD in Curriculum and Instruction a full-time program?
No. Most students in the EdD program are full-time employed professionals who wish to pursue their degree part-time. Classes in the program are scheduled during the evening, and a few classes are either partially or fully web-based.

What kind of jobs can I get?
Many graduates who earn an EdD advance within their own workplace in positions related to instruction or training, while others have led or developed training programs and initiatives that improve their practice. Others take faculty positions at teaching-focused colleges and universities, consultancy roles or positions of leadership within their field. The options are as diverse as the students who are a part of the program.

When do the classes take place?
Because of the nature of the program, most courses meet once a week from Monday through Thursday. Meeting time is either 5:30 or 6:00 PM, depending on the course.

How much does it cost?
Please check the Student Account Services website for updates on current tuition fees. Learn more about available scholarships.

Do I have to take the GRE?
Yes. We encourage students to pay particular attention to the Analytic Writing section of the GRE, as this program requires advanced writing skills. Please check the GRE website for further information about testing dates and centers, test information, etc. Continuing Education offers test preparation courses to prepare for the GRE.

My degrees are not in Education. Can I apply anyway?
Applicants should have some experience in education or training-related fields.

How do I decide which specialization area to choose?
Take time to review the list of our current specialization areas. Review the current courses offered and the type of careers pursued with this degree. We strongly encourage you to contact the specialization-area advisor to indicate your interest and to learn more about that specialization area.

Specialization Area Advisors

David N. Boote, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Curriculum and Instruction

Malcolm Butler, Ph.D.


Science Education

Gillian Eriksson, Ph.D.

Associate Lecturer

Gifted Education

Michele Gill, Ph.D.

Professor and Program Coordinator

Curriculum and Instruction

Donita Grissom, Ph.D.


World Languages Education

Glenda Gunter, Ph.D.


Instructional Design and Technology

Martha S. Lue Stewart, Ph.D.


Exceptional Student Education

Suzanne Marie Martin, Ph.D.


Exceptional Student Education

Elsie Olan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

English Language Arts Education

William Russell, Ph.D.


Social Science Education

Stephen A. Sivo, Ph.D.


Methodology, Measurement, and Analysis

Vicky I. Zygouris-Coe, Ph.D.


Reading Education