Doctor of Education in the Field of Curriculum and Instruction

The doctor of education in curriculum and instruction degree program prepares education leaders whose objective is to improve pre-K through 16+ education in local, national, and international settings. The program encourages critical thought and creative work through coursework focusing on curriculum, instruction, research, and other learning opportunities that intentionally link teaching and learning, policy, and evaluation to students’ prior experiences.

The program focuses on understanding how curriculum and instruction can be constructed and applied to educational reform and diverse student populations. Doctoral students become part of a community that links scholars with practicing professionals, policy makers, and educational organizations in Washington, DC, and beyond. Students can also use the program to expand their content knowledge or delve into other fields through linkages with Columbian College of Arts and Sciences or other schools at GW.

Graduates of the program can be found working in government agencies, teaching in university settings, or running informal education organizations. They may be curriculum supervisors in school systems or master teacher leaders in schools.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The requirements for the Doctor of Education programs.

A minimum of 66 credits, successful completion of a master's comprehensive examination, and an approved dissertation proposal.

CPED 6305Foundations of Curriculum Theory
CPED 8325Curriculum Theory
CPED 8330Foundations of Education Research in Curriculum and Instruction
CPED 8331Seminar in Teaching
CPED 8334Seminar in Learning
Policy and evaluation
CPED 8340Education Policy, Reform & Teacher Leadership
CPED 8341Evaluation in Curriculum and Instruction
Area of specialization
12 credits selected in consultation with advisor
Up to 6 credits of CPED 8101 may be counted towards the area of specialization
CPED 8335Seminar in Research in Curriculum and Instruction II
EDUC 8120Group Comparison Designs and Analyses *
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
6 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
Doctoral internship
CPED 8354Doctoral Internship: Teacher Education (taken for 3 credits)
CPED 8998Doctoral Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (taken for 3 credits)
CPED 8999Dissertation Research (minimum 12 credits needed to complete requirement)
Approved dissertation proposal required
Comprehensive Examination
Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required.

*Prerequisite statistics courses must be taken during the master's degree 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 Introduction to Educational Statistics, should be completed prior to enrolling in EDUC 8120 Group Comparison Designs and Analyses.