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The doctorate (Ed.D.) in Instruction & Administration prepares students to conduct research, teach, and/or assume leadership roles in the field of curriculum & instruction.  Graduates of this program pursue a variety of career opportunities, including: becoming university faculty in Curriculum & Instruction departments; assuming advanced leadership positions in schools, districts, and state governments; or working for curriculum development companies or in private consulting, among others.

Each student’s program is guided by a major professor and advisory committee throughout the graduate career.  All doctoral students complete a minimum of forty-two (42) semester hours beyond the master’s degree.  A qualifying examination consisting of both written and oral components is required of all doctoral students. Each student must also present a dissertation which is the result of original research. Additionally, doctoral students are encouraged to enhance their doctoral preparation through teaching, research, and other service opportunities that are available through the department and the college.

A variety of assistantships, including teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and general graduate assistantships, are available for Instruction & Administration doctoral students. These assistantships can help graduate students finance their studies by paying for all or some tuition costs and/or providing stipends. In addition, our department can support doctoral students in applying for various fellowships and scholarships that are available through the university or the college.

Learn about the application process.

Areas of Emphasis

The doctorate in Instruction and Administration has three possible areas of emphasis or specializations:

  1. General Ed.D. in Instruction and Administration (described above)
  2. Emphasis in Instructional Systems Design
  3. Emphasis in Literacy Education


For more information on or assistance with applying to the Instruction & Administration doctoral program, please contact Dr. Ryan Crowley, Director of Graduate Studies.