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Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.D., Curriculum Studies

What will I study?

This 100% online degree is designed to provide educators with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of social justice in diverse communities. Additionally, you will learn how to utilize an equity framework to both identify and address problems of practice in various academic settings. The Curriculum and Instruction (Curriculum Studies concentration) program is informed by the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate Consortium.


What kinds of work will I be able to do?

The online Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction (Curriculum Studies concentration) program will prepare you to become a curriculum specialist in PK—12, higher education, or the private sector. As a graduate of our program, you will also be equipped to serve as a classroom teacher at the PK – 12th grade level, college professor, school- or, district-level administrator.

Please Note: this degree does not include administrative certification.


What kinds of research will I be able to do?

Research in the program is centered on potential problems of practice in educational settings. Your research will culminate in your writing a Dissertation in Practice that is strategically focused on promoting the inclusion of educators in identifying and addressing P-20+ educational problems. The Dissertation in Practice is embedded throughout the program to help you complete your degree in a timely fashion.


Special Tuition Rates

South Carolina certified teachers pay a reduced tuition rate.
Out-of-state students admitted to this program pay regular South Carolina resident tuition rate

  South Carolina Certified Teachers All Other Applicants
Per Credit Hour  $515* $572.25
Estimated Total Tuition including Fees $33,898*  $37,333

* This rate applies for SC resident certified teachers completing fewer than 12 hours per semester. Fall I and II together is considered one semester, Spring I and II together is considered one semester, and all summer sessions are considered one semester.

These fees and rates are subject to change and are effective as of July 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 Academic Year.


Course Work and Applications

Courses are offered online in a convenient 8-week format.

Curriculum and Instruction Courses (18 semester hours)
The six Curriculum and Instruction core courses will provide you with an opportunity to develop your knowledge and your critical thinking skills around various curricular perspectives. The courses will explore theories related to curriculum development and diversity in educational settings, as well as the intersection of these constructs.

Curriculum Studies Courses (9 semester hours)
You will complete three courses focused on the theory and practice associated with equity pedagogies and diversity education. In these courses you will develop your knowledge of social justice, cultural issues, and human growth and development.

Cognate Courses (9 semester hours)
The three cognate courses for the Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction (Curriculum Studies) program are prescribed. In your cognate courses, you will focus on organizational change, diversity training, and curriculum inquiry within an academic setting.

Research and Scholarship (12 semester hours)
These four research courses will introduce you to the process of conducting your own classroom-, school- or social institution-based inquiry. You will explore methods to identify a problem of practice, and to develop components of your Dissertation in Practice proposal using action or other research methodologies.

Dissertation in Practice (12 semester hours)
The Dissertation in Practice will serve as the academic capstone project for your Ed.D. degree. The Dissertation in Practice process is strategically embedded to allow you the opportunity to work on your dissertation through several semesters with the guidance of a primary advisor.  

For more information about curriculum or program requirements, please visit the academic bulletin


The application process for the program has become increasingly competitive with an average acceptance rate of 30%. The required documents and test scores for applying for admission are outlined below:

  • A scholarly writing sample that:
    • Discusses an educational phenomenon that may serve as a potential problem of practice for the doctoral dissertation;
    •  Reflects an understanding of action or other research methodology;
    • Cites relevant literature referenced in American Psychological Association (APA) (6th Ed) style
  • A personal statement that details how you are fit for the program as detailed above;
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from a supervisor and/or professor who can speak to your ability to do doctoral level work;
  • All official transcripts reflecting undergraduate and graduate degree work;
  • Test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (minimum score 146 Verbal and 140 Quantitative; a combined 151 Verbal and 149 Quantitative score is preferred; ) OR the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (minimum score of 385; a score of 398 or above is preferred)



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