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Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.D., Curriculum Studies

What will I study?

The degree program, which can be completely 100% online, 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.

You will not be on your own as you complete this program. You will have ongoing support from your faculty advisor and a dedicated student services staff in the College of Education. You will also connect and interact with your instructors and classmates from around the country through innovative instructional methods. Even though you may not be on campus, you will be part of a dynamic and connected learning community.


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.


Financial Aid

Most students in this program receive assistance through loans and other forms of aid. Complete your FAFSA to be considered for these aid programs. 


Course Work and Applications

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

Curriculum and Instruction Core (12 semester hours)
The Curriculum & Instruction Core provides an opportunity for you to develop critical thinking curricular perspectives including knowledge of practical skills, theoretical constructs, and recognition of the integral and intersectional relationship of theory to practice and social action.

Curriculum Studies Concentration (15 semester hours)
The Curriculum Studies Concentration emphasizes concerns for equity pedagogies and social justice, self-knowledge, cultural issues, and human growth and development through a praxiological (theory/practice) approach to diversity education.

Professional Development Concentration (9 semester hours)
The Professional Development Concentration is a focused study of a selected group of courses that complement the theoretical and practical goals of the degree program. This concentrated study provides further insight into improvement science and research methodologies aimed at supporting human rights through education.

Research Concentration (12 semester hours)
The Research Concentration provides an opportunity to introduce students to the process of conducting their own classroom-based, school-based, or social institution-based inquiry; to identify a problem of practice; and to develop components of the Dissertation in Practice using action research as a methodology.

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



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