Curriculum and Assessment, Ed.D.

Are you an education or training professional who is involved in the development and evaluation of curriculum and wants an in-depth exploration of curriculum issues? If so, consider enrolling in the Curriculum and Assessment Option. Are you an education or training professional who wants to ensure that curriculum promotes mutual tolerance among diverse groups and intergroup cooperation? Then consider the Curriculum and Assessment specialization.

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Program Description

The Curriculum and Assessment specialization is designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be leaders in curriculum development and assessment. The coursework is designed to help you gain familiarity with the professional literature, understand issues in education, assessment, data-driven decision making, accountability measures, develop research skills, and cultivate professional writing, presentation, evaluation, teaching, and public service skills. The Curriculum and Assessment specialization targets individuals in public and private sectors who want to specialize in curriculum and assessment design, development, evaluation, and program implementation.

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.

Professional Core

The 27 semester hours in the professional core required for an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction will provide you the foundational knowledge for leading curriculum development and evaluation efforts. You will learn the psychological and philosophical foundations of curriculum and instruction. You will also examine critical issues in education—particularly those surrounding topics such as culture, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, age, sexuality, and disabilities—and learn how to conduct educational research.


The student will compose a dissertation that reflects the knowledge base, research skills and theoretical competencies developed from the course work and synthesize this information into a comprehensive study adding new knowledge to the existing body. The final step in achieving your doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a Curriculum and Assessment specialization involves planning, conducting, and documenting a research study focused on an issue related to your specialization. The dissertation process is a major effort involving 18 semester hours, during which time you will work independently as well as under the guidance of your dissertation committee.

Department Contact

Dr. Stu Ryan
Teacher Education and Educational Leadership


Catalog Description
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Specialization Student Learning Outcomes

Specialization SLOs must address each of the following five domains:


Design, assess, and evaluate curriculum and instructional practices and theories for use in real-world situations.

Evaluate and apply extant research on teacher education and teaching and learning-related theory and practice.

Evaluate the applicability and utility of available assessment tools.

Critical Thinking

Create curriculum and instruction frameworks or protocols for real-world situations.

Utilize appropriate tools and methods to assess and evaluate educational policy and practices.


Communicate results from original research and assessment to varied audiences in oral and written form utilizing appropriate conventions.

Use technology appropriately and effectively to communicate with public, peers, students, researchers, and supervisors.


Apply salient professional ethics to the implementation of research and assessment.

Project Management

Develop and implement appropriate and efficient plans for conducting research and assessment.

Develop and implement strategies to manage educational and organizational change based upon extant literature and/or results obtained from original research or assessment/evaluation.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirementsdescribed 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 (A master’s GPA below 3.5 requires competitive GRE, GMAT, or MAT scores)
• 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. (Professional Reference Form)
• Overall fit with the program 
• Submission of letter of intent responding to the following questions/prompts:

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 not be less than six double spaced pages, 12 fonts size Times New Roman.

* Review your eligibility for an admission test score waiver.

Application Deadlines

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

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