Curriculum and Instruction

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction-Specialization in Art Education (90-credit hours)

Degree Requirements (90 cr.)

Major Requirements (36 cr.)

The credits in the major are chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor and program advisory committee and divided into three areas.

Focus (30 cr.)

The area of focus must have an identifiable focus and consist of graduate-level courses (or the equivalent) and may include courses outside the program specialization area. All courses are subject to approval by the student’s advisory committee.

  •  Z525 Philosophic and Historical Foundations of Art Education (3 cr.)
  • Z760 Art Education Research Seminar: Variable Title (6 cr.)
  • Z750 Doctoral Seminar in Art Education: Variable Title (6 cr.)
  • Select an additional 15 specialization credits of coursework in consultation with your faculty advisor (15 cr.)

Early Inquiry Experience and Inquiry Linkage (6 cr.)

  • J605 Independent Research Experience in Curriculum & Instruction (3 cr.)
  • J705 Seminar: Inquiry in Curriculum & Instruction (3cr.)
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 intended 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 (12 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 typically 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 before enrolling in the minor courses. Major area courses may not be used in the minor.

 Elective Requirements (6 cr.)

A minimum of 18 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 (15 cr.)
  • J795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation (3 cr.)
  • J799 Dissertation-Curriculum/Instruction (12 cr.)

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