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 Graduate College

Curriculum and Instruction (EdD)

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
618 Schindler Education Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0606

Head: Jill Uhlenberg, Head
Phone: (319) 273-7671

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Linda Fitzgerald
Phone: (319) 273-2214

Read the UNI Catalog description:

This program is intended to provide practicing educators the opportunity to continue their study and earn the terminal professional degree in their field. The Ed.D. degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit beyond the master's degree, including a minimum of 45 hours of course work at the 200/6000-level or 300/7000-level. Some intensive study areas may require more hours of 200/6000-level or 300/7000-level course work.

There are three components to the program: 15 semester hours in a Professional Common Core of work in educational foundations, fundamentals, and research; 38 semester hours of Advanced Professional Study in one of four areas of intensive study and a related area; and a Dissertation of 7 semester hours.

By design, then, all students are required to study in basic areas that undergird and define educational practice and develop skills of problem definition, data collection and analysis, and interpretation. The four areas of intensive study provide for a specialized focus on practice. The four intensive study areas are: Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Leadership; Allied Health, Recreation, and Community Services; and Special Education. (In some areas, it is possible to combine doctoral degree study with work toward an endorsement to perform a particular role in K-12 education.) Brief definitions of the four areas are listed within respective departments.

The Curriculum and Instruction intensive study area is designed to prepare scholar-practitioners to plan, implement, evaluate, and supervise educational programs for children and adult learners. (For more information, contact the Head, Department of Curriculum and Instruction.)

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is required for admission to the program.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at See this University Catalog for requirements concerning admission, candidacy, scholarship, residence, examinations, dissertation, and graduation for the Doctor of Education degree and also visit

I. Professional Common Core (15 hours)

Education Foundations:

Interdepartmental Education:


INTDEPED 7301 (190:301)

Context of Contemporary Education


Interdepartmental Education:


INTDEPED 7303 (190:303)


INTDEPED 7305 (190:305)

Qualitative Methods in Educational Research

INTDEPED 7307 (190:307)

Quantitative Methods in Educational Research

Measurement and Research:


Select one of the following:

MEASRES 6270 (250:270)

Educational Program Evaluation

MEASRES 7300 (250:300)

Descriptive Educational Research

MEASRES 7301 (250:301)

Advanced Experimental Research in Education

MEASRES 7310 (250:310)

Advanced Qualitative Methods in Educational Research

II. Advanced Professional Studies (38 hours)

Requirements for the Curriculum and Instruction intensive study area are:

Required courses in Curriculum and Instruction:

Curriculum and Instruction:


ELEMECML 7352 (210:352)

Curriculum Theory and Development

ELEMECML 7354 (210:354)

Curriculum Implementation and Evaluation

Curriculum and Instruction Seminar:


ELEMECML 7389 (210:389)

Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction Practicum:


ELEMECML 7397 (210:397)

Practicum in Curriculum and Instruction

Instructional Technology:


INSTTECH 7340 (240:340)

Designing Instructional Systems

or INSTTECH 6240 (240:240)

Instructional Design



III. Dissertation (7 hours)

This is the program component in which the student demonstrates proficiency in the integration of theory and practice (i.e., it involves the application of existing knowledge and/or results of individual research to an educational problem or situation).


INTDEPED 7389 (190:389)

Doctoral Seminar


INTDEPED 7399 (190:399)

Dissertation Research


Total hours for Doctor of Education: Curriculum and Instruction intensive study area