Curriculum and Instruction, Ph.D.

The doctoral program in curriculum and instruction at Saint Louis University is designed for individuals who work in educational settings including schools, nonprofits and community organizations, and who wish to deepen their knowledge of teaching and learning.

Students choose a research focus that is informed by their work as practitioners and that addresses problems of practice in education. With an emphasis on issues of social justice and educational equity, the program trains students to produce original research and advocate for educational change.  

Curriculum Overview

This program emphasizes the tools of research and the interplay of theory and practice in education. The degree requires the completion of 30-36 credits of course work, 12 credits of dissertation research, a comprehensive written examination, an oral examination/proposal defense, and a public presentation and defense of the dissertation.

Careers

Possible career paths for graduates with advanced degrees in curriculum and instruction include faculty positions in colleges and universities, positions in research institutes and organizations, curriculum coordinator, teacher educator, educational outreach coordinator, nonprofit specialist, special educator and adult educator.

Admission Requirements

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  • Application form and fee
  • Transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE or other applicable graduate entry exam scores
  • Résumé
  • Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Along with the general admission requirements above, the following must be provided by prospective international students:

  • Demonstration of English Language Proficiency.
  • Proof of financial support that must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the time at Saint Louis University.
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of study at the University.
  • Academic records, in English translation, for postsecondary studies outside the United States. These must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.

Please note that application deadlines for this program differ for international students.

Review Process

A committee reviews each application holistically.

Application Deadlines

Domestic students should apply for the fall semester by June 15 and for the spring semester by Nov. 1. International students should apply by May 1 for the fall semester and by Oct. 1 for the spring semester.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

For priority consideration for graduate assistantships, apply by January 15. 

For more information, visit the student financial services office online at https://www.slu.edu/financial-aid  

  1. Graduates will be able to explain learning and curriculum theories.
  2. Graduates will be able to research questions in the field of curriculum and instruction.
  3. Graduates will be able to analyze social justice issues in education.
  4. Graduates will be able to explain how learning and curriculum theories are used to develop education programs.
  5. Graduates will be able to use oral and written communication.
Curriculum and Instruction
Select nine credits of the following:9
Seminar in Instruction
The Supervision Process in Elementary School
The Supervision Process in Secondary School
Elementary School Curriculum
Secondary School Curriculum
Middle School Curriculum
Curriculum Development
Curriculum Theory
Special Study for Written Comprehensive Exams
Electives
Select three of the following:9
Advanced Educational Psychology
Foundations of Urban Education
Advanced Growth and Development
Foundations of Doctoral Study
Education in American Culture
Seminar: History of American Education
Teaching Reading: Contemporary Issues & Practices
Models of Teaching
Seminar in Curriculum
Principles of Assessment for Education Settings
Proseminar on Ed Research
Contemporary Issues in Education Policy
Research Courses
Introductory Research Courses3-9
Advanced Research Courses6
EDR 6970Research Topics in Education3
Dissertation Research
EDR 6990Dissertation Research12
Total Credits42-48

Introductory Research Courses

Students must complete master’s level graduate research coursework as prerequisites for advanced research courses. Students are required to successfully complete the following three research courses. Up to six credits may be waived based on students' prior coursework.  

EDR 5000General Research Methods for Education3
EDR 5100Intro to Inferential Stats: Ed3
EDR 5400Qualitative Research in Education3

Advanced Research Courses

Students choose six credits of research electives from either the qualitative or quantitative focus (see lists below).

Qualitative Research Focus (choose two courses from the following:)
Evaluation of Education Programs
Professional Writing
Advanced Qual Research for Ed
Designing Mixed Methods Research
Special Topics
Quantitative Research Focus (choose two courses from the following:)
Research Design and Analysis
Intermediate Applied Statistics for Education
Single Subject Experimental Research Design
Multilevel Regression Models
Designing Mixed Methods Research

Non-Course Requirements

  • Students must pass a comprehensive written examination.
  • Students must pass an oral examination/proposal defense.
  • Students must pass a public presentation and defense of their dissertation.

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Standard Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
EDI 6460 Curriculum Theory 3
EDR 5000 General Research Methods for Education (if not already completed as a prerequisite) 0-3
 Credits3-6
Spring
EDI 6450 Curriculum Development 3
EDR 5400 Qualitative Research in Education (if not already completed as a prerequisite) 3
 Credits6
Summer
EDR 5100 Intro to Inferential Stats: Ed (if not already completed as a prerequisite) 0-3
 Credits0-3
Year Two
Fall
EDI 6550 Principles of Assessment for Education Settings 3
Content elective OR research elective (see below) 3
 Credits6
Spring
Content elective 3
Content elective OR research elective (see below) 3
 Credits6
Year Three
Fall
Content elective OR research elective (see below) 3
Content elective OR research elective (see below) 3
 Credits6
Spring
EDR 6970 Research Topics in Education 3
EDI 6950 Special Study for Written Comprehensive Exams (Please register in your advisor’s section number.) 0
 Credits3
Year Four
Fall
EDR 6990 Dissertation Research (Please register in your advisor’s section number.) 6
 Credits6
Spring
EDR 6990 Dissertation Research (Please register in your advisor’s section number.) 6
 Credits6
 Total Credits42-48

Cyprus Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
EDR 5000 General Research Methods for Education 3
EDF 6000 Foundations of Doctoral Study 3
 Credits6
Spring
EDI 6460 Curriculum Theory 3
EDI 6450 Curriculum Development 3
 Credits6
Summer
EDR 6100 Intermediate Applied Statistics for Education 3
 Credits3
Year Two
Fall
EDI 5600 Models of Teaching 3
EDI 6480Seminar in Curriculum 3
 Credits6
Spring
EDR 6970 Research Topics in Education 3
EDI 6230 Seminar in Instruction 3
 Credits6
Summer
EDR 6400 Advanced Qual Research for Ed 3
 Credits3
Year Three
Fall
EDI 6950 Special Study for Written Comprehensive Exams 0
EDR 6990 Dissertation Research 2
 Credits2
Spring
EDR 6990 Dissertation Research 2
 Credits2
Year Four
Fall
EDR 6990 Dissertation Research 2
 Credits2
Spring
EDR 6990 Dissertation Research 2
 Credits2
Year Five
Fall
EDR 6990 Dissertation Research 2
 Credits2
Spring
EDR 6990 Dissertation Research 2
 Credits2
 Total Credits42

Program Notes

Students must complete master’s level graduate research coursework as prerequisites for advanced research courses. Students are required to successfully complete the following three research courses: EDR 5000 General Research Methods for Education (3 cr) EDR 5100 Intro to Inferential Stats: Ed (3 cr) and EDR 5400 Qualitative Research in Education (3 cr). Up to six credits may be waived based on students’ prior coursework. 

Twenty-four hours of research coursework is required (including 12 hours of dissertation research).

  • All students take the remaining master’s level prerequisite course – EDR 5000, EDR 5100, or EDR 5400 (3 hours)/
  • All students take EDR 6970 Research Topics in Education (3 cr).
  • Students then choose six hours of research electives from either the qualitative or quantitative focus (see lists below).

Research Electives: Qualitative Research Focus

EDR 5500Evaluation of Education Programs3
EDR 6000Professional Writing3
EDR 6400Advanced Qual Research for Ed3
EDR 6600Designing Mixed Methods Research3

Research Electives: Quantitative Research Focus

EDR 6060Research Design and Analysis3
EDR 6100 Intermediate Applied Statistics for Education3
EDR 6500Multilevel Regression Models3
EDR 6600Designing Mixed Methods Research3

Content Electives

EDF 5300Advanced Educational Psychology3
EDF 5600Foundations of Urban Education3
EDF 5700Advanced Growth and Development3
EDF 6650Seminar: History of American Education3
EDI 5390Teaching Reading: Contemporary Issues & Practices3
EDI 5600Models of Teaching3
EDI 6230Seminar in Instruction 13
EDI 6550Principles of Assessment for Education Settings3
EPE 5050Proseminar on Ed Research3
EPE 5250Contemporary Issues in Education Policy3

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please contact:
Saint Louis University School of Education
314-977-3292
slued@slu.edu