Curriculum & Instruction, Ed.D.
The doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to meet the educational needs of regional place–bound, full–time employed professionals who will be selected from a wide range of educational backgrounds. These backgrounds include, but are not limited to, public school personnel, community college and university personnel, social and health related personnel, community civic leaders, and military personnel.
The Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program prepares professionals in the community to assume administrative and leadership positions and to conduct and evaluate applied research studies that emphasize local, regional, and state educational issues and problems. To be eligible for an Ed.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction, a student must complete 66 semester hours including all requirements listed in the Graduation and General Degree Requirements section of the graduate catalog along with the Professional Core, Specialization, and Dissertation Requirements.
Online degrees may not be available in all states. If you are an out-of-state student, please review our State Authorization Status to confirm that the program is available in your state.
Administration and Leadership Studies
The Administration and Leadership Studies specialization focuses on educational systems, change theory, leadership theory, and professional ethics.
Curriculum and Assessment (Online)
The Curriculum and Assessment specialization targets individuals in public and and private sectors who want to specialize in theory and practice of curriculum and assessment design, development, evaluation, and implementation. issues and development. This program is grounded in the theories and models of curriculum, evaluation, and assessment. The core courses (30 sh) and the specialization courses (18 sh) will be taken in conjunction with four dissertation seminars (2 sh each). These specialization courses along with the concurrent dissertation seminars provide the student with the competencies necessary to produce a scholarly written research proposal. This research proposal is then implemented and completed during the final 10 sh of the program.
The Diversity Studies specialization focuses on (a) social, multicultural, and feminist theories; (b) social issues of diverse groups (ethnic, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and other groups of difference); (c) intercultural theories and practices; (d) politics of difference; and (e) educational and social science research and evaluation methods. The goal is to produce reflective practitioners who promote social justice and transform institutions and systems to value diversity.
The specialization in Higher Education will prepare students for leadership in colleges and universities. Graduates of the program in higher education will master a body of knowledge related to the field of higher education. The program will provide a broad overview of the institutions, policies, practices, personnel, programs, and services of institutions of higher education. Students who earn the degree in higher education will contribute to higher education practice and research regionally, nationally, and globally. Students will acquire a professional knowledge and understanding of colleges and universities as social and cultural institutions. Students will take 30 semester hours from the core courses, 18 semester hours of specialization, and 18 semester hours of dissertation.
Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
The Instructional Design and Technology specialization offers two concentrations: Performance Technology and Distance Learning. The Performance Technology option targets individuals who want to investigate how instructional technology and systems thinking can be used to improve performance and learning in various organizational settings. The Distance Learning concentration targets individuals who want to develop expertise in the theoretical constructs and best practices associated with the design, development, implementation, evaluation and administration of distance learning. All students complete a common core, providing them with foundational knowledge related to the theory and practice of instructional design and technology in addition to electives within the chosen concentration.
Physical Education and Health
The Physical Education and Health specialization is 24-27 semester hours. This specialization is for professionals in the field of health and physical education directly responsible for addressing health and physical concerns of individual students, classroom students, school-wide groups of students, school district student populations, and children and adults in the community at large. The primary focus is on school-based health and physical education; however, the program is designed to prepare professionals to teach or administer programs at the university, college, K-12 schools, or in the community.
In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee
• Submission of official transcripts
*International students may have additional requirements.
• Submission of one of the following graduate admission tests: GRE, MAT or GMAT*
• Master’s GPA (A master’s GPA below 3.5 requires competitive GRE, GMAT, or MAT scores)
• Overall fit with the program
• Submission of a resume
• Submission of three professional reference forms where at least two references are able to speak to your academic work, writing skills and sustainability for rigorous doctoral academic work.
• Submission of a letter of intent that includes answers to the following questions:
a. What personal and professional goals do you hope to meet through earning a doctorate, and why do you think the UWF Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction is a good fit for your goals?
b. What special knowledge, skills, and experiences would you bring to the chosen specialization and how are these aligned with the mission of the doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction as a whole? If you have had experiences that may have affected your academic performance, please provide explanatory context.
c. Be careful to clearly articulate how your skill set and experiences align with goals of the selected specialization, and show how these will impact your career trajectory.
Note: Your responses to the three questions should be no less than six double spaced pages, 12 font size in Times New Roman.
* Review your eligibility for an admission test score waiver.
**Departments housing the specializations may have additional admission requirements. Some specializations admit applicants once per year; contact the specialization's program coordinator for specific admission information.
For Administration and Leadership Studies, applications are reviewed once a year for beginning fall semester only.
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