The goals of Ph.D. program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction are to help students develop abilities for research in the field of Curriculum and Instruction, imbuing them with a distinctive theoretical and critical edge; develop expertise in one of the department's areas of study, listed previously; acquire greater competence in curriculum evaluation and development; improve understanding of the teaching-learning process; gain depth and breadth of knowledge in related academic fields; and build a broadened professional background in areas related to curriculum and instruction, such as administration, counseling, educational psychology, supervision, and the anthropology, history, philosophy, and sociology of education.
Ph.D. study in the department is research-oriented. It prepares students for different forms of intellectual leadership in education including research, teacher education and other teaching in higher education, and leadership positions in educational agencies. These different forms of leadership are not mutually exclusive, but the relative emphasis given to each varies among students and areas of study.
For how to apply, see Applying to Graduate Programs.
Ph.D. Program Handbook (PDF): This handbook provides a comprehensive guide for prospective, entering, and continuing Ph.D. degree candidates. It describes the current policies regarding admission, program requirements, examinations, minimum standards for satisfactory progress toward the degree, and transfer of credits.
Timeline to Ph.D. (PDF): This one-page document summarizes the steps to completing a Ph.D. degree.