Catalog 2010-2012

Doctor of Education: Curriculum and Instruction intensive study area

This program is intended to provide practicing educators the opportunity to continue their study and earn the terminal professional degree in their field. The Ed.D. degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit beyond the master's degree.

There are three components to the program: 15 semester hours in a Professional Common Core of work in educational foundations, fundamentals, and research; 38 semester hours of Advanced Professional Study in one of six areas of intensive study and a related area; and a Dissertation of 7 semester hours.

By design, then, all students are required to study in basic areas that undergird and define educational practice and develop skills of problem definition, data collection and analysis, and interpretation. The six areas of intensive study provide for a specialized focus on practice. The six intensive study areas are: Community Health Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Leisure, Youth and Human Services, Rehabilitation Studies, and Special Education. (In some areas, it is possible to combine doctoral degree study with work toward an endorsement to perform a particular role in K-12 education.) For brief definitions of the six areas see page xxx.

The Curriculum and Instruction intensive study area is designed to prepare scholar-practitioners to plan, implement, evaluate, and supervise educational programs for children and adult learners. (For more information, contact the Head, Department of Curriculum and Instruction.)

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is required for admission to the program.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at For requirements concerning admission, candidacy, scholarship, residence, examinations, dissertation, and graduation for the Doctor of Education degree see page xxx and also visit


I. Professional Common Core (15 hours)

  Education Foundations.....3 hours

    Interdepartmental Education: 190:301.


    Interdepartmental Education: 190:303; 190:305; 190:307.....9 hours

    Measurement and Research: One of the following - 250:270, 250:300, 250:301, 250:310.....3 hours

II. Advanced Professional Studies.....38 hours

Requirements for the Curriculum and Intensive study area are:

Required courses in Curriculum and Instruction.....12-17 hours

  Curriculum and Instruction: 210:352; 210:354 (6 hours)

  Curriculum and Instruction Seminar: 210:389 (2-4 hours)

  Curriculum and Instruction Practicum: 210:397 (1-4 hours)

  Instructional Technology: 240:340 or substitute 240:240 (3 hours)

Electives.....21-26 hours

III. Dissertation (7 hours)

This is the program component in which the student demonstrates proficiency in the integration of theory and practice (i.e., it involves the application of existing knowledge and/or results of individual research to an educational problem or situation).


Doctoral Seminar: 190:389.....1 hour 

Dissertation Research: 190:399.....6 hours

60 hours