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Doctor of Philosophy

Curriculum and Instruction

Program of Study

Program of Study

Core Courses

  • 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.

Inquiry Courses

Take four courses in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

Research Tool Exam
Qualifying Exam

See graduate bulletin for details.

Adult classroom


Areas of Specialization
Learning, Teaching, and Teacher Education

Study methods of teaching across disciplines and differences that value student and teacher voices as important sources of knowledge and understanding.

Learning Sciences and Technology

Conduct cross-disciplinary research that investigates new learning processes, models, programs, and systems enabled by innovative designs of technology.

Language and Technology

Examine the ways language is used within and around educational technologies, and how discourse shapes instructional environments, learning processes, and outcomes.

Literacy, Language, and Culture

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.

Science and Mathematics Education

Focus on topics related to teaching K-12 and post-secondary science and mathematics, such as mathematical play, gaming and modeling, and computing education.

TESOL and Second Language Acquisition

Explore concepts in second language acquisition including pragmatics, cognitive linguistics, intercultural communication, and multilingualism.

Society, Equity, and Social Studies

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, and Instructional Technology Director.

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

Admissions Requirements


Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: February 25
  • Spring: November 19
  • Summer: February 25

No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: Rolling
  • Spring: Rolling
  • Summer: Rolling
Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation (Two of the three required letters of recommendation must be from faculty addressing applicant's potential to succeed in the PhD program.)
  • GRE
  • Statement of Goals
Special Notes

Please note: This program offers an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience in the course listing as an option to fulfill course requirements. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

  • Our students are able to read and write critically and analytically on critical issues in educational theory and research.
  • Our students develop in depth knowledge of current research and theory in their particular area of specialization.
  • Our doctoral students are able to articulate researchable educational problems and plan and carry out well-framed studies that address these problems.
  • Our doctoral students are able to participate effectively in the community of educational researchers, including collaborative working groups, professional presentations, and publication in formats and genres appropriate to their fields of specialization.

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.

Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

Graduate Advisement:
Email Graduate Advisement
(518) 442-3529