Curriculum and Instruction (EdD)
618 Schindler Education Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0606
Head: Jill Uhlenberg, Interim 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 www.grad.uni.edu/admission. See this University Catalog for requirements concerning admission, candidacy, scholarship, residence, examinations, dissertation, and graduation for the Doctor of Education degree and also visit www.uni.edu/coe/departments/curriculum-instruction/graduate-study/doctoral-study
I. Professional Common Core (15 hours)
Context of Contemporary Education
Qualitative Methods in Educational Research
Quantitative Methods in Educational Research
Measurement and Research:
Select one of the following:
Educational Program Evaluation
Descriptive Educational Research
Advanced Experimental Research in Education
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:
Curriculum Theory and Development
Curriculum Implementation and Evaluation
Curriculum and Instruction Seminar:
Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction
Curriculum and Instruction Practicum:
Practicum in Curriculum and Instruction
Designing Instructional Systems
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).
Total hours for Doctor of Education: Curriculum and Instruction intensive study area