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Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (PK-6)



The Elementary Education faculty offer doctoral degree programs in Curriculum and Instruction. These Ph.D. or Ed.D. programs can include emphasis/specialization in: (a) Elementary Education PK-6, (b) Reading/Literacy, and/or (c) Teacher Education. Students are prepared for teaching and research positions in academic environments such as colleges, universities and school districts. The Literacy and Elementary Education Doctoral Programs provide a context for graduate education that is rigorous, collegial, and cooperative.





To be considered for these doctoral programs, a student must:

  • Possess a master's degree
  • Qualify for admission to the Graduate School
  • Have a grade point average of 3.0 or above in graduate work
  • Have completed 3 or more years of K-12 teaching
  • Submit 3 letters of reference
  • Complete an interview with members of the Elementary Education program faculty
  • Submit a current vita or resume
  • Submit a writing sample or essay
  • GRE scores are required of all applicants but there is no minimum score requirement (quantitative, verbal, & analytical writing).
  • A TOEFL score of 550 on the paper version or 213 on the computerized version is required for international students as per University regulations. All international students who have not obtained baccalaureate degrees from an accredited Anglophone university are required to take the GRE and TOEFL examinations.

Program of Study

The following are guidelines for the creation of a Plan of Study. These guidelines are minimums and comprise only a portion of the requirements necessary to earn a doctoral degree. The Plan of Study is designed for the individual student and is created collaboratively by the student and the doctoral committee, with the goal of creating a program that will best meet the student's interests and needs.

  1. Research and Dissertation
    • a. Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods (15 hours, minimum)
    • b. 30 hours of Research & Dissertation for the Ph. D. or 24 hours Research & Dissertation for the Ed. D. (minimums)
  2. Foundations (6 semester hours, minimum)
  3. Concentration (30 semester hours, minimum)
  4. Cognate (9 semester hours, minimum)

Manuals and Forms

Manuals and forms can be found on the Office of Academic Programs graduate forms page. For further information, email Mary Alice Barksdale at