Curriculum and Instruction - Ph.D.

Kent State University
Program overview
5 years
Full time
Doctorate / PhD

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About this program

Curriculum and Instruction - Ph.D.

The Ph.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction prepares scholars for successful careers in college and university settings and produces curriculum leaders for schools and other educational institutions. The program is relevant for qualified students interested in issues related to educational research with a curriculum and instruction focus. Upon completion of the program, students will have gained insight into what it means to transition from doctoral student to disciplined scholar.

The major comprises the following concentrations:

  • Adapted/Physical Education
  • Curriculum and Teaching Studies
  • Educational Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics Education
  • Science Education
  • Social Studies Education

Admission requirements

  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university for unconditional admission
  • Minimum 3.000 graduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale (minimum 3.500 graduate GPA is recommended) for unconditional admission

English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:

  • Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
  • Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
  • Minimum 77 MELAB score
  • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
  • Minimum 58 PTE score
  • Minimum 110 Duolingo English Test score

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Program content

Major requirements

  • Theory and Research in Teaching
  • Theory and Research in Curriculum
  • Forms of Inquiry in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Statistics I for Educational Services
  • Quantitative Research Design and Analysis
  • Qualitative Research Design
  • Advanced Quantitative Research in Educational Services or Advanced Qualitative
  • Research in Educational Services

Curriculum and Teaching Studies Concentration Requirements

  • Multicultural Education: Strategies
  • Curriculum Leadership
  • Teacher Education
  • Intercultural Dimensions of Teaching and Learning
  • Curriculum Evaluation

Educational Technology Concentration Requirements

  • Research Issues in Educational Technology
  • Seminar: Educational Technology
  • Learning With Educational Technologies

Early Childhood Education Concentration Requirements

  • Application of Selected Theoretical Principles to the Development of Young Children
  • Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Contemporary Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education
  • Writing for Publication and Dissemination in Early Childhood Education
  • Research in Early Childhood Education

Literacy Concentration Requirements

  • Research in Reading
  • Seminar in Reading and Language
  • Research in Teaching of Writing
  • Research in Reading and Language Arts

Mathematics Education Concentration Requirements

  • Research in Mathematics Education
  • Doctoral Seminar in Mathematics Education
  • Special Topics in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Teaching Mathematics Using Computers and Calculators
  • Improving Mathematics Instruction in Middle Childhood

Science Education Concentration Requirements

  • Issues and Trends in Elementary Science
  • Research Trends in Science Education
  • Culture and Multiculturalism in Science Education
  • Nature of Science in Science Education

Science Education Concentration Requirements

  • Educating the Good Citizen
  • Issues and Trends in Social Studies Education
  • Research in Social Studies Teaching and Learning
  • Technology and Social Studies
  • Special Topics in Curriculum and Instruction


For more information about tuition fees for this program, please contact the school.


Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Practice research-based leadership.
  2. Function as responsible, informed researchers in a specific curriculum and instruction area of study and professional practice.
  3. Establish a disciplined life of inquiry.
  4. Conduct research informed by multicultural education literature.

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Kent State University

800 E Summit St
44242 Kent Ohio
United States of America

Phone no: +1 330-672-7980

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