Jun 17, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Curriculum and Instruction, Ph.D.

College: Education


  • Career and Workforce Education (Dept: Leadership, Policy and Lifelong Learning)
  • Counselor Education (Dept: Leadership, Policy and Lifelong Learning)
  • Early Childhood Education  (Dept: Teaching and Learning)
  • Educational Psychology  (Dept: Ed and Psych Studies)
  • Elementary Education (Dept: Teaching and Learning)
  • English Education (Dept: Teaching and Learning)
  • Instructional Technology (Dept: Ed and Psych Studies)
  • Interdisciplinary Education  (Dept: Ed and Psych Studies)
  • Literacy Studies  (Dept: Language, Literacy, Ed.D., Exceptional Education, and Physical Education)
  • Mathematics Education (Dept: Teaching and Learning)
  • Measurement & Evaluation  (Dept: Ed and Psych Studies)
  • Science Education (Dept: Teaching and Learning)
  • Social Science Education  (Dept: Teaching and Learning)
  • Special Education  (Dept: Language, Literacy, Ed.D., Exceptional Education, and Physical Education)
  • Teacher Education (Dept: Teaching and Learning)


This major shares core requirements with the Ed.D. in Educational Program Development program.


The Curriculum and Instruction major is only offered in conjunction with a concentration area. Please see the area of concentration (listed alphabetically) to determine whether the Curriculum and Instruction degree is available in your area of interest.

Major Research Area
Information available by accessing the concentration areas, listed alphabetically in the Catalog.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • A master’s degree from an accredited university in education, a related professional field, or the equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution
  • Current Resume or Vita outlining education, work/teaching experience, publications, presentations, etc.
  • GRE Preferred - contact department for more information
  • Three Academic References from individuals who can testify to your academic abilities and potential for success in a doctoral program.
  • A personal statement and interview with the program faculty, writing samples, and work references upon request.


Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 59 credit hours post-masters

  •     Shared Core Requirements– 6 Credit Hours   
  •     Research Methods, Measurement and Foundations – 10 credit hours minimum
  •     Concentrations – 10 Credit Hours Minimum
  •     Cognate or Electives – 9 Credit Hours Minimum
  •     Dissertation - 4 Credit Hours Minimum
  •     Remaining hours – 20 Credit Hours Minimum (through additional research courses, concentration courses, electives, and dissertation)

Note - students who enter without a master’s in Adult Education must take ADE 6080.

Please be advised that programs of study are designed by the graduate faculty in concert with each individual student and that the major and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria.

Shared Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Required for all students in this major. 

Research Methods, Measurement and Foundations (10 Credit Hours Minimum)

Students complete a minimum of ten (10) credit hours of required research methods, statistics/measurement, tools, and foundations coursework from the list below, selected in consultation with the advisor, or alternative selections, including qualitative and quantitative methodology courses with approval of advisor. 

Concentration Requirements (10 Credit Hours Minimum)

Students select one of the following concentrations.

Career and Workforce Education (18 Credit Hours)

Prepares leaders, researchers, university faculty and related personnel to serve in the broad field of Career and Workforce Education.

Counselor Education (24 Credit Hours)

This concentration is a research and theory intensive experience designed to provide a balance of intellectual and experiential learning resulting in professional educators who have multiple competencies as researchers, theorists, and problem-solvers in human growth and development.  The doctoral major emphasizes research and theory as opposed to clinical skill development and is designed primarily for students who wish to pursue careers in academic institutions. 

Research Areas: Career development, clinical supervision, mental health counseling, and multicultural counseling.

Early Childhood Education (24 Credit Hours)

This concentration promotes scholarly and multidisciplinary inquiry that further empowers advanced graduate students through the development of knowledge, skills, and dispositions to assume roles as leaders, advocates, and scholars in the development and implementation of high quality and innovative early childhood practices. The major provides a sound theoretical background that is integrally linked to the practice of Early Childhood Education in a diverse, global community with an emphasis on child advocacy and social justice.

Educational Psychology (24 Credit Hours)

This concentration will prepare graduates to be conscientious researchers who apply the scientific method specifically to real-world educational problems. Primary concentration goals are: (1) to engage students in cutting-edge collaborative research; (2) to provide a solid foundation that enables students to integrate theory, research, and practice and fosters a commitment to excellence in research and scholarship; and (3) to help students acquire a deep understanding of human development and learning for the preparation of future educators and educational professionals in all contexts.

Elementary Education (24 Credit Hours)

Prepares scholars to understand elementary practice through research and innovation that unites community engagement and rigorous intellectual inquiry.

English Education (24 Credit Hours)

Instructional Technology (18 Credit Hours)

This Concentration is designed to prepare students to become skilled researchers who can design and conduct original research in the field of instructional technology. Our graduates assume academic and leadership positions in higher education, corporations, the military, and other venues, where research and best practices are integrated to advance new knowledge and to improve learning and performance.

Interdisciplinary Education (24 Credit Hours)

Provides a framework to support innovative, boundary-crossing inquiry among students and faculty across campus. Designed to foster research that approaches problems in education from interdisciplinary perspectives, the major allows students who have academic backgrounds and interests that span multiple disciplines to construct an individualized program of study grounded in at least two fields, one of which may be outside the College of Education. Students who have the ability and desire to integrate study and research between at least two disciplines/fields to address questions in education broadly defined are encouraged to apply to the Interdisciplinary track.

Required Courses:
Courses are selected with the advisor and must be at the 7000-level, distributed across two/three disciplines, with the approval of the doctoral committee. (6000-level courses may be taken as part of the electives)


Literacy Studies (33 Credit Hours)

Prepares research scholars with expertise in literacy processes, literacy instruction, and literacy teacher education.  This concentration features in-depth exploration of literacy theories and research, the broad study of systematic inquiry skills, apprenticeship learning of various research methodologies, the development of personalized strands of research, and a mentored residency experience in literacy studies.

This Concentration is available for students starting in fall semesters only.


Mathematics Education (24 Credit Hours)

The Mathematics Education Doctoral Program is committed to providing doctoral students with the skills, knowledge and dispositions that can ensure they are able to contribute to the global mathematics education community and connect with other researchers.

Measurement and Evaluation (12 Credit Hours)

The intent of the concentration is to develop personnel to work in colleges and universities, research centers, school districts, government agencies, commercial test publishing, and major evaluation enterprises. Skills in inquiry and methodology are developed within a programmatic context that encourages growth of knowledge about education, considers important principles of research, and provides an applied setting in which these elements can be fused into professional applications.

Science Education (24 Credit Hours)

The Curriculum and Instruction degree is offered with a concentration area in Science Education. Candidates’ programs of study are planned with the approval of a faculty committee based upon previous experience and future goals.

Social Science (24 Credit Hours)

The concentration in Social Science Education prepares scholars and curriculum specialists for leadership in the social studies field.

Special Education (25 Credit Hours)

Focuses on urban special education and university-school partnerships in preparing researchers, teacher educators, and school leaders.  Graduates will have an informed perspective on ethical issues in the interactions of race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and disability; and the impact of these issues on special education policies, research, teacher education and services.

Graduates will demonstrate knowledge and skills in the design, implementation and maintenance of university-school partnerships; an interdisciplinary grounding in and respect for multiple genres and methods of inquiry; the ability to conceptualize, plan and conduct research; and the ability to value the conceptual and analytical skills of a scholar.  The Department emphasizes interdisciplinary research and development.  Faculty members in several departments have joint appointments in special education.

Teacher Education (24 Credit Hours)

Prepares students to become scholars and practitioners in the field of teacher education. The Concentration engages students in course work, research, and professional experience in school and community settings.  Graduates will have the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the scholarships of teaching, service and research.

Electives or Cognate (9 Credit Hours Minimum)

Students complete either elective graduate coursework, or a cognate (sub-specialization), in their concentration discipline area and should support the student’s research objectives.  Selections must be made in consultation and with approval of the advisor/doctoral committee.  Some concentrations may have a specific list of courses to choose from.  Check with the department to see what is available.


Students must be registered for nine (9) hours of coursework, two semesters in a twelve-month period.  The expectation is that students will work no more than half time employment during the residency period.

Qualifying Examination

Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination before admission to candidacy. (See current College of Education Graduate Handbook, and consult with doctoral graduate major advisor). 

Dissertation (4 Credit Hours Minimum)

Contact the Concentration Director for specific dissertation requirements.

Students must be admitted to candidacy before they are permitted to enroll in dissertation hours.  Students may be required to take additional hours depending on the course of study and or academic deficiencies.

Students complete dissertation hours in the area of their concentration.  Below are the minimums.  Students may be requried to take additional hours: