PhD in Curriculum and Instruction
Aspiring leaders in the areas of school administration, curriculum development, teacher mentoring, or program evaluation could develop the skills needed to succeed in their chosen profession when they become students of Capella University's Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction program. Read on for more information about this online doctoral degree program.
Official Program Name:
Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
School Offering Program:
A master's degree and professional experience as a teacher or administrator are important to those interested in entering Capella University's Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction program. An academic background in education is helpful. Applicants to Capella University who are under 24 years of age must have completed at least two years of college or have active military status; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.
The Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Capella University is offered as a specialization in the Doctor of Education program. Required coursework provides study in classroom management techniques, student success strategies, assessment methods, and curriculum design. Topics addressed in specialization courses include teacher supervision practices, educational administration theories, educational research, instructional theories, curriculum mapping computer applications, learning improvement strategies, and school funding issues. Students also participate in a two-part internship which includes 250 hours in supervised field work in an educational institution. In addition, four research courses help to guide students throughout the dissertation process.
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Financial Aid Available:
Students enrolled in Capella University have several opportunities to reduce their tuition costs, including employer reimbursement programs, veterans benefit programs, tuition discounts through corporate alliances, U.S. Armed Forces education benefits, and credit transfers. Federal and non-federal loans and grants are available to qualifying students.
Required Courses for a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction:
Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.
- ED 8007: Leading Innovation (4 credits)
- ED 8112: Educational Research Methods (4 credits)
- ED 8122: Statistics for Educational Research I (4 credits)
- ED 7541: Teacher Supervision and Evaluation (4 credits)
- ED 7820: Principles of Educational Administration (4 credits)
- ED 8533: Advanced Curriculum Mapping: Reflection and Practice (4 credits)
- ED 8534: Advanced Instruction and Assessment: Theory and Practice (4 credits)
- ED 8535: Advanced Collaboration for the Improvement of Curriculum and Instruction (4 credits)
- ED 8536: Advanced Application of Research for the Improvement of Curriculum and Instruction (4 credits)
- ED 8538: Advanced Curriculum and Instruction: Program Evaluation (4 credits)
- ED 7822: The Funding of Educational Institutions (4 credits)
- ED 8540: Internship in Curriculum and Instruction I (2 credits)
- ED 8541: Internship in Curriculum and Instruction II (2 credits)
- ED 9919: Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (4 credits)
- ED 9920: Dissertation Courseroom (0 credits)
- ED 9921: Dissertation Research 1 (5 credits)
- ED 9922: Dissertation Research 2 (5 credits)
- ED 9923: Dissertation Research 3 (5 credits)
- ED 9924: Dissertation Research 4 (5 credits)
Post Graduation Opportunities
Current teachers or administrators who graduate from Capella University's Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction program could be prepared to assume greater responsibilities in their present positions or seek career advancement. They could design curriculum, assess educational programs, train teachers, or conduct administrative duties such as budgeting, staff management, or academic program development.
Positions graduates could pursue include:
- School superintendent
- Curriculum developer
- Instructional coordinator
- Educational training specialist
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