PhD in Curriculum and Instruction

Three concentrations are available:

  1. Curriculum Studies Concentration
  2. Literacy, Language, and Culture Concentration
  3. Mathematics and Science Education Concentration

Doctor of Philosophy: Curriculum Studies Concentration

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Applicants must submit transcripts from the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and from all post baccalaureate work. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field No restrictions.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study and for all postbaccalaureate course work.
  • Tests Required GRE General.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based). Note: Total score is higher than the sum of the subscores; 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (New Paper-Based—after August 2018); 550 (Institutional Testing Paper-Based—prior to August 2018), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required from faculty members or others familiar with the applicant’s previous academic training, academic and research ability, and experience.
  • Personal Statement Required. The statement must address the applicant’s professional and scholarly goals.
  • Other Requirements A College of Education application form and a set of transcripts must be submitted.
  • Deadlines Application deadlines for this program are listed on the Graduate College website.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 96 from the baccalaureate or 64 hours beyond the master’s degree.
  • Course Work
Course Title
College Core (12 semester hours)
Urban Contexts and Educational Research
Introduction to Educational Research: Paradigms and Processes
Introduction to Educational Research: Designs and Analyses
Methodology Requirement (12 semester hours)
Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry in Education (or equivalent based on faculty advisor approval)
Essentials of Quantitative Inquiry in Education (or equivalent based on faculty advisor approval)
One additional course to be selected in consultation with faculty advisor.
Curriculum Studies Concentration Program Core (24 semester hours)
Foundations of Curriculum Studies
Proseminar in Curriculum and Instruction (1 hour)
One 4-hour course that fulfills a writing requirement. The writing course is selected from inside or outside of the college in consultation with a faculty advisor.
Additional course work is selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.
  • Preliminary Examination Required; written and oral. The written examination is based on the student’s program of study. The oral portion of the examination is based on both the written examination and the student’s dissertation proposal.
  • Dissertation Required: CI 599. Students must register for doctoral thesis research for at least 12 semester hours.
  • Other Requirements
    • Students must complete a training course sponsored by the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research on the ethics of conducting research with human subjects. Students are required to submit an annual report of their academic and professional progress to their department.
    • CI 592, CI 593, or CI 596 4 hours (credit increments negotiated with advisor).

Doctor of Philosophy: Literacy, Language, and Culture Concentration

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Applicants must submit transcripts from the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and from all post baccalaureate work. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field No restrictions.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study and for all postbaccalaureate course work.
  • Tests Required GRE General.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 550 (paper-based); 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based). Note: Total score is higher than the sum of the subscores. OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required from faculty members or others familiar with the applicant’s previous academic training, academic and research ability, and experience.
  • Personal Statement Required. The statement must address the applicant’s professional and scholarly goals.
  • Other Requirements A College of Education application form and a set of transcripts must be submitted.
  • Deadlines Application deadlines for this program are listed on the Graduate College website.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 96 from the baccalaureate or 64 hours beyond the master’s degree.
  • Course Work
Course Title
College Core (12 semester hours)
Urban Contexts and Educational Research
Introduction to Educational Research: Paradigms and Processes
Introduction to Educational Research: Designs and Analyses
Methodology Requirement (12 semester hours)
Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry in Education (or equivalent based on faculty advisor approval)
Essentials of Quantitative Inquiry in Education (or equivalent based on faculty advisor approval)
One additional course to be selected in consultation with faculty advisor.
Literacy, Language, and Culture Concentration Program Core (20 semester hours) a
Proseminar in Literacy, Language and Culture
Proseminar in Literacy, Language, and Culture
Selectives
12 hours of selectives with content directly related to literacy, language, and/or culture. Students can select from the following courses:
The Social and Cultural Contexts of Literacy and Literacy Instruction
Design and Conduct of Literacy Research
Analysis of Research in Literacy
Research in Children's and Adolescent Literature
Literacy In and Out of School
Bi-Literacy: Theory, Research, and Practice
Perspectives on Reading: Theory, Research and Practice
Research Perspectives on Literacy in the Disciplines
Early Literacy: Theory Research and Practice
Semiotics, Literacy, and Learning
Seminar in Literacy Studies
Perspectives on Writing Instruction: Theory, Research, and Practice
Literacy Assessment: Theory, Research, and Practice
Literacy and Learning Technologies: Theory, Research and Practice
Apprenticeship in Teacher Education
  • Qualifying Examination Required. The Qualifying Examination serves as the first step in determining a student’s readiness to undertake dissertation research. It is administered at or near the end of the time the student has completed most of the course work (but has not yet made a major investment toward the dissertation research). A minimum of one year must elapse between passing the Qualifying Examination and the defense of the dissertation. Only students in good academic standing are permitted to take the examination.
    The Qualifying Exam in Literacy, Language, and Culture is offered semiannually, once prior to the beginning of the academic year and once during spring semester. It is designed to be educative as well as evaluative. The exam consists of two components: a Common Knowledge Component given to all students seeking doctoral candidacy and a Specialization Component focusing on a student’s area of specific inquiry in literacy. The qualifying exam is taken over a four-day period, with three days devoted to the Common Knowledge Component and one day to the Specialization Component.
  • Preliminary Examination Required; The written exam consists of the student’s dissertation proposal.  The oral portion of the examination is based on the student’s oral defense of the dissertation proposal.
  • Dissertation Required. Students must register for doctoral thesis research for at least 16 semester hours.
  • Other Requirements 4 semester hours. Students participate in a research project in collaboration with a faculty member or a team of faculty members and students. Four semester hours of credit are awarded for the project, requiring at least one semester to complete. Students must complete a training course sponsored by the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research on the ethics of conducting research with human subjects. Students are required to submit an annual report of their academic and professional progress.

Doctor of Philosophy: Mathematics and Science Education Concentration

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Applicants must submit transcripts from the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and from all postbaccalaureate work. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field No restrictions.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study and for all post baccalaureate course work.
  • Tests Required GRE General.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 550 (paper-based); 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based). Note: Total score is higher than the sum of the subscores. OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three letters from faculty members or others familiar with the applicant’s previous academic training, academic and research ability, and experience are required.
  • Personal Statement This required statement must address the applicant’s professional and scholarly goals.
  • Other Requirements A College of Education application form and a set of transcripts must be submitted.
  • Deadlines Application deadlines for this program are listed on the Graduate College website.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 98 from the baccalaureate or 66 hours beyond the master’s degree.
  • Course Work
Course Title
Required Courses
College Core (12 semester hours)
Urban Contexts and Educational Research
Introduction to Educational Research: Paradigms and Processes
Introduction to Educational Research: Designs and Analyses
Methodology Requirement (12 semester hours)
Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry in Education (or equivalent based on faculty advisor approval)
Essentials of Quantitative Inquiry in Education (or equivalent based on faculty advisor approval)
One additional course to be selected in consultation with faculty advisor.
Math and Science Concentration Program Core (12 semester hours)
The Sociopolitical Context of Mathematics and Science Education
Race, Identity, and Agency in Mathematics and Science Education
Multimodality, Multiliteracies, and Science and Mathematics Education
Proseminar in Curriculum and Instruction (2 semester hours)
Proseminar in Curriculum and Instruction
Math or Science Specialization (12 semester hours)
Select three of the following in consultation with a faculty advisor:
Research on Mathematics Teachers and Teaching
Research on the Learning of Mathematics
The K-12 Mathematics Curriculum: Theory, Politics and Reform
Research on Science Curriculum
Research on Science Teaching and Teacher Education
Research on Science Learning
  • Preliminary Examination Required; written and oral. The written examination is based on the student’s program of study. The oral portion of the examination is based on both the written examination and the student’s dissertation proposal.
  • Dissertation Required. Students must register for doctoral thesis research for at least 12 semester hours.
  • Other Requirements
    • Students must complete a training course sponsored by the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research on the ethics of conducting research with human subjects. Students are required to submit an annual report of their academic and professional progress to their department.
    • CI 593 or CI 596 or CI 592 (Credit Increments negotiated with the advisor).

Interdepartmental Concentrations

Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in select concentrations after consulting with their graduate advisor. Interdepartmental concentrations available for this degree include: