PhD in Curriculum and Instruction
Students in the PhD in Curriculum and Instruction study the interactions between learners, teachers, and subject matter. Designed for students interested in research about and leadership in teaching and learning environments, this program develops educators as researchers and advanced professionals in education.
The PhD in Curriculum and Instruction is a 60 semester hour program. Students take core educational courses along with courses selected with faculty based on the student's interests and goals. The program culminates with the completion of original research addressing a problem in curriculum and instruction based on the student's area of concentration. Coursework can be completed on campus or through a combination of on-campus and online courses.
There are five areas of concentration.
Curriculum and Instruction: For students interested in focused study of teaching and learning environments in a particular area such as English language arts, reading, mathematics, science, or social studies or in broader issues of curriculum and instruction.
Educational Technology: For students interested in focused study of designing online or technology enhanced learning environments or in supporting others in using technology for learning.
Early Childhood Education: For students interested in focused study of teaching and learning environments specifically designed for children ages birth to grade 3.
Gifted and Talented Education: For students interested in focused study of the nature and needs of gifted, talented and creative individuals throughout the lifespan. Special emphasis is placed on balancing the cognitive and affective domains of knowledge and knowing in relation to the education and development of learners.
Special Education: For students interested in focused study of the nature and needs of learners with special needs including early intervention, preschool special needs, high incidence conditions (e.g. learning disability, mental retardation, emotional disturbance), severe disabilities (e.g. physical, cognitive and social-emotional), transition, and behavior disorders. The area of specialization in special education can also be completed online as well as on campus.
Admission to the PhD in Curriculum and Instruction
In addition to admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies, admission to the doctoral program requires the following:
A master’s degree from an accredited college or university
A minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for all previous academic work
Acceptable GRE scores with 144 in both the verbal and quantitative sections and a 3.0 writing score or above preferred
Previous academic work necessary to successfully complete a doctoral program in the area of study
Evidence of research and writing ability such as a master’s thesis, proctored writing sample, a written research report, one or more reprints of publications, a paper presented to a professional society, or similar evidence of competence in this respect
A statement of purpose that describes why the applicant wishes to pursue the selected doctoral program and includes information on previous study, educational experience, professional accomplishments, immediate and future professional goals, a proposed time schedule for completing the degree, and any other information that the applicant believes is relevant for admission into the desired program
Three letters of recommendation regarding the prospective student's potential for doing doctoral level work. Letters should be recommendations from professionals who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s ability to engage in graduate work in the desired program
What to Submit with Your Application
Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education
A sample of academic writing (e.g. report, thesis, project, or academic paper)
Statement of purpose
Three letters of recommendation
Requirements for the PhD in Curriculum and Instruction
For the Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction degree, students must complete the following program requirements:
A minimum of 60 semester hours of approved doctoral level (7000/8000 level) course work
Professional Seminar I and II (CI 8700, 8710) with a C or better in first 3 semesters or 18 credit hours (whichever comes later, not counting summer) before continuing with other courses
A minimum of 12 semester hours of research tools including courses in quantitative research, qualitative research, and independent research
An area of specialization in curriculum and instruction with courses pre-approved by the faculty advisor and aligned with the area of concentration for the degree (see concentration options above)
A written comprehensive (major) examination
An oral comprehensive examination after passing the written examination
A minimum of 9 semester hours of dissertation research
An oral presentation and defense of a dissertation research proposal
An oral presentation and defense of the completed dissertation research in a public forum
A written document of the completed dissertation research in approved style and format
All coursework and requirements of the doctoral degree must be taken within a seven-year period immediately preceding the date the degree is awarded.
Additional information and guidelines for the doctoral program are provided in the JHCOE Doctoral Student Handbook.
Plan of Study
A plan of study identifying the courses for the doctoral degree is required before 18 credit hours are completed, generally by the end of the first year of full time study. The doctoral plan of study must include the following within the 60 semester hour minimum:
6 credits of professional seminar I and II courses
12 credits of research tools courses
33 credits of specialization in the area of concentration
9 credits of dissertation research
Comprehensive written and oral examinations
Other Program Requirements
A doctoral program committee is required before the completion of 18 credit hours. The doctoral program committee has a minimum of three members who are selected from the membership of the graduate faculty of the University. The doctoral program committee is responsible for assisting the student in the development of a plan of study and assuring competence by overseeing the comprehensive written examination and the comprehensive oral examination.
A plan of study is required before the completion of 18 credit hours. The plan of study must be approved by the doctoral program committee, department chairperson, and associate dean of the college, and submitted to the College of Graduate Studies. Revisions to the plan of study must also be approved and updates submitted to the College of Graduate Studies, usually within the semester a revision occurs.
Dissertation Research Phase
A doctoral dissertation committee is required immediately after the completion of the required coursework, comprehensive written examination, and comprehensive oral examination. The dissertation committee has a minimum of four graduate faculty members including one who is not in the discipline major. The dissertation committee is responsible for guiding dissertation research and approving the dissertation research proposal and the completed dissertation research, both the written dissertation and oral dissertation defense. Student must work closely with the committee throughout the dissertation process.
All research must be approved by the Institutional Research Board before beginning any phase of the research study. Student must complete IRB training as defined by the University's Human Research Protection Program.
A public defense of the dissertation is required.
The final written dissertation must be approved by the dissertation committee and formatted according the guidelines of the college and the College of Graduate Study. Electronic submission of the dissertation to OhioLINK is mandatory.
Guide for Developing a Plan of Study
Below is a guide for developing a Plan of Study for the PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. Students should work with their faculty advisor to identify specific courses to fulfill program requirements.
|Doctoral Pro-Seminar I: Introduction to Scholarship in Curriculum and Instruction|
|Doctoral Pro-Seminar II: Themes in theory and research in Curriculum and Instruction|
Quantitative Research Course
Qualitative Research Course
Independent Research Course
Additional Research Tools Course
|Area of Concentration|
|Select 33 credits as approved by faculty advisor||33|
|Select one of the following:||9|
|Dissertation In Curriculum And Instruction|
|Dissertation In Early Childhood Education|
|Dissertation In Educational Technology And Performance Technology|
|Doctoral Dissertation In Curriculum & Instruction|
|Comprehensive Written and Oral Examinations|