Graduate Degree - Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education - Doctor of Philosophy

Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education - Doctor of Philosophy
Program Code:
6730 Curr,Instruction & Teacher Ed
Program Level:
Award Type:
Doctor of Philosophy
Start Term:
College of Education
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College of Education

Department of Teacher Education

Graduate Study
Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education - Doctor of Philosophy

The doctoral program in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education (CITE) is designed for individuals  who are interested in and show promise of becoming scholars and leaders in the domains of curriculum, instruction, and teacher education at the Pre-K–12 level, in out-of-school spaces, or in local, state, regional, national, or international institutions or agencies. The program is characterized by its interdisciplinary and interinstitutional perspectives on problems and issues of educational practice, as well as its commitment to educational justice and to addressing critical challenges faced by children, students, families, and communities. The program combines internationally renowned faculty, an interdisciplinary approach, exposure to multiple ideas, and flexibility in study through a variety of focal areas to create a one-of-a-kind learning experience tailored to students’ goals and commitments. The program is designed to facilitate doctoral students’ enactment of the Departments Core Principles in their scholarship, teaching, and service/outreach. 

CITE doctoral students link their areas of concentration with one or more of the following: Comparative and Global Studies, Critical Studies, Curriculum, History and Social Studies Education, Language and Literacy, Mathematics Education, Race, Culture, and Equity in Education, Science Education, Teachers and Teacher Learning, Urban Education, or Other Areas of Interest.

Students who are enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education in the Department of Teacher Education may elect a specialization in language and literacy. For additional information, refer to the statement on Graduate Specialization in Language and Literacy below.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Education, students must meet the requirements specified below.


Persons who hold degrees in a wide range of disciplines may apply for admission to the doctoral program. Applicants with limited backgrounds in education, however, may be required to complete collateral work in this field. Applicants must submit a sample of scholarly writing.

Review of applicants focuses on their study and experience in education, on the compatibility between their professional goals and the doctoral program, and on their potential for successful advanced degree work.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education

Students must complete the following courses:

1. Core Proseminar sequence.  Both of the following courses:
TE 901 Proseminar in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education I 3
TE 902 Proseminar in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education II 3
2. Research Requirement - Educational inquiry and research.
a. The following course:
CEP 930 Educational Inquiry 3
b. One of the following courses in quantitative methodology:
CEP  932 Quantitative Methods in Educational Research I 3
TE 934 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Educational Research 3
c. One of the following courses in conceptual or qualitative methodology:
TE 931 Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Educational Research 3
TE 939A Special Topics in Advanced Qualitative Methodology 3
TE 939B Advanced Qualitative Methods: Critical Ethnography 3
TE 939C Advanced Qualitative Methods: Discourse Analysis 3
TE 939D Advanced Qualitative Methods: Case Studies 3
TE 939E Advanced Qualitative Methods: Humanities Oriented Research 3
TE 939F Advanced Qualitative Methods: Phenomenology 3
TE 939G Advanced Qualitative Methods: Humanizing Research-Decolonizing Qualitative Inquiry 3
A course used to fulfill this requirement may not be used to fulfill another requirement.
d. One 3 or 4 credit course in advanced methodology approved in advance by the guidance committee.
e. A research practicum to be taken after the student has completed the courses referenced in items 2.a., 2.b., or 2.c. above:
TE 995 Research Practicum in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education 1 to 3
3. Core studies in education.
Three courses from a list of approved courses that are designed to provide broad and diverse perspectives on education. The approved list is available from the Department of Teacher Education.
4. Area of concentration.
At least five additional courses in the student's area of concentration.  Both the area and the related courses must be approved by the student's guidance committee.
5. Successful completion and defense of the dissertation. Students may not earn more than 30 credits in TE 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research.