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.

Curriculum & Instruction, Ed.D.

Program Description

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 63 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. This program is grounded in the theories and models of curriculum, evaluation, and assessment. The core courses (27 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.

Department Contact

Lucrecia Burnette
Building 86, Room 124

Catalog Description

Higher Education (Not currently accepting applications)

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 27 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 has been elevated to a stand-alone Ed.D. in Instructional Design and Technology. Those interested in this specialization should consider the Ed.D. in IDT.

Health and Physical Activity (Not currently accepting applications)

The Health and Physical Activity specialization provides a unique opportunity for individuals who are interested in health and physical activity pedagogy to advance their knowledge and scholarly skills to teach or administer programs within community, organizations, and educational settings. The degree is intended for experienced professionals in the fields of health, fitness, K-12 teacher education, and sport who are seeking advanced training in leadership and administrative positions at the university, college, k-12 schools, or in the community.

Admission Requirements

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.

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

Departmental Requirements
• Submission of one of the following graduate admission tests: GRE, MAT or GMAT*
• Master’s GPA (A master’s GPA below 3.75 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.


Application Deadlines

The Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.D. program accepts students for a fall start date only.


Curriculum and Instruction Ed.D. ALP (PDF)
Curriculum and Instruction Ed.D. Curriculum Map (PDF)

Administration and Leadership Studies ALP (PDF)
Administration and Leadership Studies Curriculum Map (PDF)

Curriculum and Assessment ALP (PDF)
Curriculum and Assessment Curriculum Map (PDF)

Higher Education ALP (PDF)
Higher Education Curriculum Map (PDF)

Physical Education and Health ALP (PDF)
Physical Education and Health Curriculum Map (PDF)

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