Doctor of EducationProgram Description
The Department of Curriculum and Teaching, established in 1938, was the first department in the U.S. devoted to the scholarly study of problems of curriculum and teaching across all subjects and all levels of schooling, from early childhood through the education of teachers and supervisors. Broad questions about the nature, purpose, and design of curriculum and about the theory and practice of teaching remain at the core of our doctoral program.
To obtain a doctoral degree in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, students must fulfill core requirements and complete a dissertation. The core requirements include:
- 90-points minimum of total coursework, including up to 40 credits that may be transferred from previous graduate study,
- the foundational year-long course C&T 5000,
- successful completion of the qualifying examination (also called the certification or “cert” exam),
- at least three research methodology courses,
- selection of courses that fulfills one of several possible concentrations,
- enrollment in dissertation seminar (C&T 7500), and
- completion of a dissertation, including proposal and oral defense stages.