PhD Curriculum & Instruction: English Education


The Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction is structured to support interdisciplinary studies and individualization for researchers and practitioners. Advanced course work and research in the liberal arts and social sciences are emphasized. Students will focus on the types of research available in their fields of study and the appropriate application of these skills. Students will also complete a dissertation in the English content area during the course of the program. 

Program Structure

The program requires (90) hours beyond the bachelor’s, at least twelve (12) of which are to be taken outside the School of Education:

Major Area of Study: Curriculum and Instruction

Core Courses - 6 hrs required
These courses must be taken consecutively during the first year of enrollment:

  • ELRC 7299: Introduction to Scholarship in Education (Fall)
  • EDCI 7910: Traditions of Inquiry in Education (Spring)

English Education - Approximately 50 hours required
Approximately fifty (50) hours are to be taken in the student’s area(s) of specialization.

Research Methodology and Dissertation Research- 21 hrs. required
A minimum of twenty-one (21) hours are to be taken, including:

  • Dissertation hours (EDCI 9000):  a minimum of twelve (12) hours and a maximum of eighteen (18) hours are to be taken within the 90-hour program. (Additional hours may be taken beyond the 18 hours but cannot be used to satisfy the research requirement.)
  • Three (3) research courses: ELRC 7006 or equivalent; ELRC 7241 or equivalent; ELRC 7243 or equivalent. Students may use courses from the list below or other courses approved by the major advisor:
    • Generic Methods Courses:
      • HUEC 7090  Research Methods in Human Ecology
      • SOCL  7211  Methods of Social Investigation     
    • Qualitative Methods Courses:
      • ANTH 4090  Ethnographic Methodology
      • ELRC  7243  Qualitative Methods in Education
      • ENGL 7621 Research Methods in Composition, Literacy & Rhetorical Studies
      • HIST  7957  Research Seminar in American History
    • Quantitative Methods Courses:
      • ELRC  7006  Statistical Principles I
      • ELRC  7016  Statistical Principles II
      • ELRC  7241  Educational Research Methodology
      • ELRC  7242  Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs in Ed. Research
      • PSYC  7117  Methodology and Research Design
      • SOCL   7201  Research Methods in Sociology
      • SOCL   7203/POLI  7963  Advanced Research Methods in Social Science 

Minor Area of Study  (optional) - 12 - 18 hours optional 

Approximately twelve (12) to eighteen (18) hours, or as required by the minor field, are to be taken.  At least one doctoral committee member must represent the minor field.

Electives (optional) - 12 hrs optional 
Up to twelve (12) hours may be taken with the major advisor’s approval.

This program should be completed within seven years of completing the Master's or Education Specialist requirements. 

 In the first year of enrollment, students must take ELRC 7299 (Fall) and EDCI 7910 (Spring) consecutively.  Beyond that matriculation requirement, students should meet regularly with their advisors in order to determine what course loads and requirements best suit their individual schedules. 



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For more information about graduate programs in English Education, please contact

Dr. Jackie Bach
113D Peabody Hall
ph: 225-578-6879