Doctor of Education in the Field of Curriculum and Instruction

The doctoral program in curriculum and instruction examines research and reflective practice related to curriculum, teaching and learning, teacher education, and broader educational policies.

The program applies curriculum and instruction research and practice in the context of educational reform for diverse student populations. Students become part of a community that links scholars with practicing professionals, policymakers, and educational organizations.

Doctoral students conduct research and critically examine curriculum, teaching, and learning processes. They gain knowledge about assessment and the characteristics and politics of learning environments. Students can also gain understanding through linkages with arts and sciences, opportunities for additional learning in the disciplines, or internships in local schools and agencies.

Visit the program website for additional information.

Admission deadlines: Fall – Rolling admissions (January 15 to be considered for merit-based tuition support)
Spring – Rolling admissions
Summer – Rolling admissions
Standardized tests: Either the GRE general test (institutional code 5246) or the Miller Analogies Test (institutional code 1047) is required. This requirement is waived for applicants pursuing a second doctoral degree, provided the first doctoral degree was conferred by an accredited institution of higher learning.
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a faculty member and the other from a professional supervisor)
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. A list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services are available online.
Statement of purpose: Statement of Purpose should be 750 - 1,000 words and tied to Research Practice Team or individual faculty member's research.
Additional requirements: Applicants must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution. A resumé is required.
International applicants only: Please follow this link - https://graduate.admissions.gwu.edu/international-student-application-requirements - to review the International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
gsehdadm@gwu.edu ~ 202-994-9283 (phone) ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The requirements for the Doctor of Education programs.

A minimum of 48 credits, successful completion of a master's comprehensive examination, and an approved dissertation proposal.

Required
CPED 8325Curriculum Theory
CPED 8330Foundations of Education Research in Curriculum and Instruction
CPED 8331Seminar in Teaching
CPED 8334Seminar in Learning
Doctoral Internship
CPED 8354Doctoral Internship: Teacher Education (taken for 6 to 9 credits)
Electives
3 to 6 credits in elective courses selected in consultation with advisor.
Research Methods
EDUC 8120Group Comparison Designs and Analyses *
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
3 credits from the following:
EDUC 8100Experimental Courses
EDUC 8130Survey Research Methods
EDUC 8131Case Study Research Methods
EDUC 8140Ethnographic Research Methods
EDUC 8142Phenomenological Research Methods
EDUC 8144Discourse Analysis
EDUC 8170Educational Measurement
EDUC 8171Predictive Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8172Multivariate Analysis
EDUC 8173Structural Equation Modeling
EDUC 8174Hierarchical Linear Modeling
EDUC 8175Item Response Theory
EDUC 8177Assessment Engineering
Dissertation
CPED 8998Doctoral Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (taken for 3 credits)
CPED 8999Dissertation Research (taken for a minimum of 12 credits to meet program requirements)
An approved dissertation proposal is required.
Comprehensive Examination
Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required.

*Prerequisite statistics courses must be taken during the master's degree program or must be completed prior to taking required advanced courses. For students who have not had an introductory statistics course or do not feel confident in their understanding and application of basic statistical techniques (i.e., through one way analysis of variance), EDUC 6116 should be completed prior to enrolling in EDUC 8120.