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curriculum & instruction doctoral program

The program has four components: core courses, a major area of study (selected from four specializations), elective courses, and a research sequence.

Curriculum and Instruction Core: 

  • Research on Teaching
  • Historical and Political Contexts of Curriculum    
  •  Dissertation Seminar   
  •  Readings and Research in Curriculum and Instruction

Research Core:    

  • Interpretation and Evaluation of Research    
  •  Introductory and Intermediate Statistics    
  •  Qualitative Research Methods    
  •  Advanced Research Methods    
  •  Dissertation Direction 

All doctoral students in the C&I program have opportunities to work closely with faculty on a variety of projects related to teaching, curriculum, and school reform. Recently, doctoral students have participated in teacher education research and development projects through the Teachers for a New Era (TNE) grant; collaborated with faculty on in-school research and intervention development;  and engaged in policy development and analysis activities. They have also helped to develop integrated methods courses with local after-school programs and acted as managing editors for academic journals. In addition, many doctoral students serve as teaching assistants and instructors for teacher education courses and supervise teacher candidates’ fieldwork experiences.