Discover New Ways to Improve Student Learning
Intensify your studies in educational practice and develop new theories of learning and teaching through rigorous research. In the PhD in Curriculum and Instruction program, you actively engage in scholarly inquiry and collaborate with faculty on major research projects.
Connect with an energetic doctoral student community, and use your understanding of educational processes to help teachers overcome practical challenges that impede student success. Choose from an array of flexible specializations that can include courses in departments across the University.
Program of Study
- Principles of Curriculum Development
- Principles of Instruction
- Foundations of Research in Curriculum and Instruction
Choose five or more courses within your specific area of interest (outlined below).
Minor Field of Study/Electives
Select a coherent series of courses in subjects related to your chosen specialization.
Take four courses in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
Research Tool Exam
Study methods of teaching across disciplines and differences that value student and teacher voices as important sources of knowledge and understanding.
Conduct cross-disciplinary research that investigates new learning processes, models, programs, and systems enabled by innovative designs of technology.
Examine the ways language is used within and around educational technologies, and how discourse shapes instructional environments, learning processes, and outcomes.
Research correlations between literacy, language, and culture in language learning and the role of cultural and linguistic practices in school-based and out-of-school learning.
Focus on topics related to teaching K-12 and post-secondary science and mathematics, such as mathematical play, gaming and modeling, and computing education.
Explore concepts in second language acquisition including pragmatics, cognitive linguistics, intercultural communication, and multilingualism.
Examine how K-12 education and social studies coursework can help foster just and equitable societies. Research areas include civic engagement, democratic classrooms, history education, and socially responsible teaching.
Careers in Curriculum and Instruction
The PhD program prepares you to succeed as an academic scholar and instructor at higher education institutions or pursue curriculum and teaching leadership positions in K-12 schools, continuing and community education centers, and training departments.
Common Job Titles: Educational Researcher, Professor or Teaching Faculty, Senior Instructional Designer, Instructional Technology Director, Educational Practice Policy Analyst, Curriculum and Assessment Director, K-12 or Post-Secondary Administrator, Staff Training and Development Manager
Common Employers: Colleges and Universities, Public School Districts, Businesses and Corporations, Nonprofit Organizations, State, Regional, and Federal Agencies, Ministries of Education, United States Department of Defense, Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals
Careers and Advisement
The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.
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