Academic Catalog


Doctor of Philosophy Education with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction (PhD)

3101 Education Building

Angela Eckhoff, Graduate Program Director

The Doctor of Philosophy, Education, Curriculum and Instruction Concentration, with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction prepares scholarly leaders to identify and examine the problems and possibilities associated with curriculum and instruction in schools and other institutions within a multicultural democratic society. The program focuses on curricular issues as a field of inquiry and develops students’ abilities to address the questions that influence curriculum theory, design, development, delivery, assessment, and evaluation. 

Program graduates go on to become leaders in our nation’s schools, colleges, universities, and related agencies such as business, government, and research institutions. Our curriculum is solidly grounded in interpreting and producing research and scholarship, with particular attention paid to the philosophical, theoretical, historical, socio-cultural, ethical and political constructs and issues that affect curriculum and instruction. 

We welcome students with interests in all institutional settings serving students across their lifespan (early childhood through adulthood). As part of their study, students in curriculum and instruction may pursue an area of specialization in:

  • childhood studies;
  • curriculum studies;
  • elementary education;
  • history and social studies education;
  • instructional technology;
  • literacy, language, and culture;
  • mathematics education;
  • multicultural education;
  • science education;
  • STEM education; or
  • secondary education.