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Curriculum and Instruction, Ph.D.

Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction

The doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction is a progressive and evidence-based program that offers students the choice of two tracks: Literacy Studies and Curriculum Studies. The 60- semester credit-hour program prepares graduates for leadership roles as professors, as researchers, and as administrators of educational programs in Texas and the nation in Texas and the nation. Required are 12 semester credit hours of core curriculum courses, 18 semester credit hours in research courses, 24 semester credit hours in the curriculum emphasis, and 6 semester credit hours allocated for the completion of the dissertation.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a command of the field of your area of expertise
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct original research
  • Demonstrate a command of the field of Curriculum and Instruction

Admission Requirements

You must apply and be admitted as a graduate student in the College of Education. See the Graduate Policies and Regulations and the Graduate Admission page.

Additionally, you must have:

  • An overall grade point average of 3.00
  • A Graduate Record Examination score (taken within the last five years)
  • At least three years of teaching experience
  • At least four letters of recommendation on official letterhead
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework indicating completion of a master's degree in a relevant field.

Admission deadlines for the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction:

Priority deadline Hard deadline
Fall admittance June 1 June 15
Spring admittance October 1 October 15
Summer admittance February 1 February 15

Degree Requirements

Visit Course Catalog for a complete list of degree requirements for the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction, including course requirements, residency, comprehensive examinations, dissertation, and oral examination.


Donna DeGaish, Program Specialist