Curriculum and Instruction

Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction-Specialization in Curriculum Studies

Degree Requirements (90 cr.)

Major Requirements (36 cr.)
Focus (24)

The 24 credits in the focus are chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor and program advisory committee and must be taken with a clearly identifiable focus and consist of graduate level courses (or the equivalent) and may include courses outside the program specialization area. 

Department Seminars (6 cr.)

Advanced Curriculum and Instruction seminars (600-700 level) offered.

Early Inquiry Experience and Inquiry Linkage in the Major (6 cr.)
  • J605 Independent Research Experience in Curriculum and Instruction (3 cr.)
  • J705 Seminar: Inquiry in Curriculum and Instruction (3 cr.)
Inquiry Requirements (9 cr.)
  • Y521 Methodological Approaches to Educational Inquiry (3 cr.)

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 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.

Elective Requirements (6-18 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 (15 cr.)
  • J795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation (3 cr.)
  • J799 Dissertation-Curriculum/Instruction (12 cr.)

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