Diversity Studies, Ed.D.

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 Diversity Studies specialization.

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Program Description

This specialization is currently NOT accepting applications.

Our world is getting smaller. Gone are the insular, monocultural communities of the past. Our cities and towns are now diverse, multicultural environments where people with vastly different cultural perspectives and backgrounds have to learn to live and work together. Our schools are the training grounds where students learn the skills they need to function successfully in the world, and curriculum is the driving force for educational practice.

Professional Core

The 30 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.

Diversity Studies

The Diversity Studies option (18 semester hours) 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 final step in achieving your doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Diversity Studies involves planning, conducting, and documenting a research study focused on an issue related to your specialization for your dissertation. The dissertation process is a major effort involving 18 semester hours, during which time you will work independently under the guidance of your dissertation committee.

Department Contact

Dr. Mark Malisa
Assistant Professor
Department of Research and Advance Studies
(850) 474-6042

Catalog Description
Department's Website

Specialization Student Learning Outcomes

Specialization SLOs must address each of the following five domains:


Apply analytical thinking to the history of Diversity Studies from its origins in the Civil Rights Era to contemporary times by making connections between people, places, and events relevant to race relations, socioeconomic status, minority and gender equity, school integration (K - 22), and oppressive strategies used to maintain power, authority, and governance.

Discover the impact of prejudice, racism, socioeconomic differences, and historical events on societies and institutions.

Engage in practices promoting an understanding of contemporary discord related to historical events, civil rights, race relations, gender equity, socioeconomic status, disabilities and exceptionalities and censorship of groups and ideas.

Implement a variety of research and evaluation methodologies.

Critical Thinking

Apply effective problem solving skills.

Focus research, issues, and analysis of the causes and consequences of societal discord.

Analyze and synthesize social justice issues as related to political economy, ideology, and educational delivery systems.

Examine problems effecting the human condition and create possible solutions.

Formulate connections between theory and practice.


Develop and disseminate research and writing for publication.

Utilize effective oral communication skills presenting personal ideas, insights, and solutions.

Apply effective listening skills through synthesis of peer interaction.

Utilize appropriate technology to communicate ideas with peers, public groups, supervisory personnel, professional organizations, and fellow scholars.


Develop a personal philosophy and act accordingly.

Create and conduct research utilizing ethical practices and procedures.

Engage in behaviors demonstrating ethical practices and principles.

Act in accordance with proscribed NIH procedures.

Develop the practice of unbiased value judgments related to: ethic and minority groups, institutions, historical events, and societal change agencies.

Project Management

Design and conduct applied research related to societal needs.

Facilitate group interaction.

Develop an interactive skill set for managing project engagement.

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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