Curriculum & Instruction, Ed.D.

The Ed.D. 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. The following specializations are available:


Administrative Studies
We are currently not accepting applications for the Administrative Studies specialization.
The Administrative Studies Specialization focuses on public and non-public educational systems and includes an individualized course of instruction focusing on a combination of administrative and social politics, personnel and organizational theory, diversity and leadership skills, financial management, changes in the policies and laws governing educational settings, and strategic planning. 

Curriculum Studies (Online)
The Curriculum Studies Specialization targets individuals in public and private sectors who want to specialize in theory and practice of curriculum issues and development. This program is developed around general theory-based curriculum issues coupled with various professional areas that meet each individual student need.

Diversity Studies
We are currently not accepting applications for the Diversity Studies specialization.
The Diversity Studies Specialization is designed to promote an understanding of contemporary discord related to historical events, philosophical perspective, civil rights, race relations, gender equity, socioeconomic status, and censorship of groups, institutions, and ideas.

Higher Education
The Higher Education Specialization prepares students for leadership in colleges and universities and provides a broad overview of the institutions, policies, practices, personnel, programs, and services of institutions of higher education. Students will acquire a professional knowledge and understanding of colleges and universities as social and cultural institutions.

Instructional Technology (Online)
The Instructional Technology Specialization offers two options: Performance Technology or Distance Learning. The Performance Technology option targets individuals who want to investigate how instructional technology can be used to improve performance and learning in various educational environments. Students explore a variety of delivery systems and the influence of technology on performance and learning as they develop a framework for improving performance. The Distance Learning option targets individuals who want to develop expertise in theoretical constructs for an application of distance educational systems including: design, development, implementation, and evaluation. Students choose from a variety of courses depending upon their future goals and examine distance learning environments, web-based instruction, delivery systems, and instructional design.

Physical Education
This 24-27 sh 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.

Science and Social Science
The Sciences and Social Sciences Specialization offers two options: Mathematics and Statistics/Science/Computer Science option or Social Science option. The Mathematics and Statistics/Science/Computer Science option targets individuals who want to become program specialists or teach at the junior/community college level in the program areas. The Social Science option targets individuals who want to specialize in specific academic discipline areas of social sciences to complement their academic training in the area of education.

Teacher Education
The Teacher Education Specialization area offers two options: Alternative/Special Education or Teaching and Learning. The Alternative/Special Education option targets individuals who want to assume leadership roles in working with populations of at-risk children and youth. The Teaching and Learning option targets individuals who want to become leaders in teaching and learning and related content areas. This program facilitates a leadership role in teaching and learning, junior/community college, and educational agencies.

 Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admissions section of the catalog, 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.

University Requirements*
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee 
• Submission of official transcripts 
*International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements
• Submission of official test scores - GRE, MAT or GMAT* 
• Master's GPA 
• Submission of letter of intent describing the candidate's work experience & reasons for pursuing the degree program, including how the degree relates to career goals 
• Overall fit with the program 
• Completion of a College of Education and Professional Studies Ed.D. Specialization Declaration Form 
* 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.


Department Contact

Lucrecia McCorvey
Administrative Specialist

Phone: (850) 474-2768

Catalog Description
Department's Website

Application Deadlines

Certain graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Check with the graduate department for departmental specific deadlines.