PhD Curriculum & Instruction: English Education


The PhD in Curriculum & 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 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 of which are to be taken outside the School of Education:

Major Area of Study: Curriculum & Instruction

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)

Fifty hours must be taken in the student’s area(s) of specialization.

Twenty-one hours minimum, including:

Dissertation hours (EDCI 9000): a minimum of twelve hours and a maximum of eighteen hours must 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 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
    • EDCI 7475 Research Project in Secondary or K-12 Teacher Education
    • LHRD 7921 Applied Qualitative Research Methods
    • SOCL 7211 Seminar: Methods of Social Investigation
  • Qualitative Methods Courses
    • ANTH 4090 Ethnographic Methodology
    • ELRC  7243 Qualitative Methods in Educational Research
    • ENGL 7621 Research Methods in Composition, Literacy and Rhetorical Studies
    • HIST  7957 Research Seminar in American History
  • Quantitative Methods Courses
    • ELRC  7006  Educational Statistics
    • ELRC  7016  Advanced Educational Statistics
    • ELRC  7241  Educational Research Methodology
    • ELRC  7242  Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs in Ed. Research
    • PSYC  7117  Methodology and Research Design
    • SOCL  7201  Fundamental Statistics in Sociology
    • SOCL  7203/POLI  7963  Advanced Research Methods in Social Science 

Electives - Up to twelve hours may be taken with the major advisor’s approval


Twelve to eighteen hours, or as required by the minor field, are to be taken. At least one doctoral committee member must represent the minor field.


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

Students should meet regularly with their advisors in order to determine what course loads and requirements best suit their individual schedules. Students must pass a General Exam consisting of written questions and a comprehensive oral exam; write a dissertation proposal and pass an oral defense of the proposal; and write a dissertation, and pass an oral defense of the dissertation.



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