Curriculum and Instruction

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction-Specialization in Science Education

This program is ideal for science educators who have already earned a master’s degree but want to continue building their skills and knowledge. Designed to train practitioners, this 60-credit hour degree program offers you the opportunity to apply research-based theories to practical settings related to teacher training and young learner’s concepts of science, among other topics. You will also have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in your chosen content area through advanced science course work.

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements (27 cr.)
The credits in the major are chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor and program advisory committee and divided into three areas.

Specialization (24 cr.)

  • There is substantial flexibility in the major. Courses from related areas of study may be included in the major component if their relevance to the major can be demonstrated and if committee approval can be secured. All courses are subject to approval by the student’s doctoral advisory committee.

Inquiry Linkage Requirement (3 cr.)

  • A course with a strong research component (e.g. J638, J650, Q690 or other course approved by the program committee) (3 cr.)

Inquiry Requirements (9 cr.)

  • Select one course from the following (3 cr.):
    • Y520 Strategies for Educational Inquiry (3 cr.)
    • Y521 Methodological Approaches to Educational Inquiry (3 cr.)*
      • *Although either Y520 or Y521 can meet this requirement, Y521 is highly recommended because it is inteded for doctoral students.
  • An additional minimum of six credits must be selected from those approved as Core Inquiry courses. A list of approved inquiry courses may be found at

Minor Requirements (9 cr.)
The minor must have integrity in its own right and must complement the major. The minor field must demonstrate wholeness within itself and contribute to the student's overall doctoral program. Minors are normally formulated within a single program area. However, an interdisciplinary or individualized minor is also possible. Interdisciplinary or individualized minors require a written description of the minor's underlying theme along with a rationale for each course's contribution to that theme through the Minor Justification form. This form should be submitted and approved by the Graduate Studies Office prior to enrolling in the minor courses. Major area courses may not be used in the minor.

Elective Requirements (6 cr.)
A minimum of 6 elective credits must be taken outside the major and the minor. An additional elective may be selected from within the major, the minor, inquiry, or any broad field of study.

Dissertation Requirements (9 cr.)

  • J795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation (3 cr.)
  • J799 Dissertation-Curriculum/Instruction (6 cr.)

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