Doctorat Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction


The Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction provides the knowledge and skills to individuals concerned with the research, design, teaching, assessment, and professional development related to P-20 education.

The program is designed for educators who aspire to lead the development of curriculum for the 21st century. Graduates will demonstrate real-world and scholarly knowledge to improve the performance of educational institutions.

Program Objectives

The  Doctor of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction prepares scholar  professionals to apply theoretical foundations in curriculum and instruction.  The program fosters the advanced skills to research, design, develop,  implement, evaluate and disseminate innovative educational content in a variety  of learning environments to improve student achievement and to affect positive  societal change. In addition, the program prepares leaders to work with faculty  at the P-20 levels to enhance the quality of instruction focused on excellent,  effective curriculum development and instructional strategies. Upon completion of  this program, students are able to:

  • Analyze social, historical, and policy factors in the  development and current practices of curriculum and instruction.
  • Apply research  processes within the field of curriculum and instruction, including practical  design, analysis, and reporting.
  • Create a shared  vision of a learning culture by understanding and responding to the political,  social, economic, legal, and cultural environment.
  • Evaluate and  apply best practices in instruction using effective teaching practices,  emerging technologies, and assessment techniques to achieve optimal educational  outcomes.
  • Advance the body  of knowledge through relevant, reflective, research, and scholarship.
  • Demonstrate  professional communication skills in writing through organizing, thinking  critically, and communicating ideas and information in documents,  presentations, and publications

Prerequisites for Major Courses

Master degree from an accredited institution.

Program Outline

To receive a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum  and Instruction degree, students must earn 60  graduate semester credit hours. Fifty-four of the program hours must be completed through BSU.

Program requirements are as follows:


Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction  (60 credit hours)
Foundational Courses (15.0 credit hours)
Ethical and Legal  Issues in Education/Leadership 3.0 credit hours
Policy, Politics, and  Community Relations (program prerequisite  course) 3.0 credit hours
Curriculum Design 3.0 credit hours
Classroom Management 3.0 credit hours
Leading Technology  Innovation 3.0 credit hours
Curriculum and Instruction Core Courses (18.0 credit hours)
Differentiated Instruction 3.0 credit hours
Curriculum: Advanced Theory and Research 3.0 credit hours
Instruction: Advanced Theory and Research 3.0 credit hours
Assessment for Student Learning 3.0 credit hours
Curriculum and Instruction for Professional Development 3.0 credit hours
Instructional Design Theory 3.0 credit hours
Research Courses (15.0 credit hours)
Quantitative Research I 3.0 credit hours
Quantitative Research II 3.0 credit hours
Qualitative Research 3.0 credit hours
Mixed Methods 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Research: Pre-Proposal and Literature Review 3.0 credit hours
Dissertation Courses (12.0 credit hours)
Dissertation 2.0 credit hours
Residency Requirement
Doctor of Philosophy Residency 3.0 credit hours
Doctor of Philosophy Residency Two 3.0 credit hours

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