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PhD in Education - Curriculum & Teaching

Learners enrolled in the Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Teaching program have the chance to examine foundational and contemporary approaches for creating, assessing, and implementing quality instructional programs. Read more about this Northcentral University doctoral degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Teaching

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

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Program Prerequisites:

Individuals interested in this program may be practicing teachers or school officials. They may be seeking to develop their applied research abilities in the field. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in this Northcentral University program have the opportunity to take courses that are designed to develop their intellectual, instructional, and leadership abilities. Participants will have the opportunity to examine educational statutes, such as No Child Left Behind, and understand how such standards can affect student achievement. In addition, they will have the chance to learn to develop curricula that are intended to strengthen reading comprehension, speech, and writing skills. Before the close of the program, students will have the opportunity to create an original plan to improve school performance.

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Program Length/Total Credits Required:

The program requires the completion of at least 60 credits. However, students needing additional time for dissertation research can take up to an additional 15 credit hours.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Ph.D. in Education with a Specialization in Curriculum and Teaching:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Doctor of Education Foundation Courses (24 credits)

  • EDU 8000: Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
  • EDU 8001: Advanced Scholarly Writing
  • EDR 8200: Scholarly Literature Review
  • EDR 8203: Research Methods
  • EDR 8201: Statistics I
  • EDR 8202: Statistics II
  • EDR 8204: Advanced Qualitative Design and Measurement
  • EDR 8205: Advanced Quantitative Design and Measurement
  • One additional Specialization or Elective Course

Curriculum and Teaching Requirements (18 credits)

Students select six courses from the following:

  • CT 7000: Developing Instructional Strategies and Curriculum
  • CT 7001: The Role of the Teacher Practitioner
  • CT 7002: Identifying and Maximizing Learning/ Teaching Styles
  • CT 7003: Teaching and Learning Foundations
  • CT 7004: Language and Literacy Education
  • CT 7005: Literacy: Focus on Curriculum
  • CT 7007: Leadership for Student Achievement
  • CT 7008: Evaluation of Instruction

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 credits)

  • CMP 9700E: Doctoral Comprehensive Assessment: Pre-Candidacy Prospectus

Dissertation Requirements (12 credits)

  • DIS 9901A: Components of the Dissertation
  • DIS 9902A: The Dissertation Proposal
  • DIS 9903A: Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • DIS 9904A: The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Existing instructors who complete this Northcentral University program could be able to undertake additional duties in their current school or district. Employment opportunities could also be sought with government sectors, business corporations, textbook publishers, primary or secondary schools, colleges, or research institutes. As an individual with advanced training in this field, graduates could take on duties in policy development, instruction, or administration.

With a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Teaching degree, graduates could go on to work as:

  • Public school principals
  • Education professors
  • Curriculum developers

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