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College of Education


Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.D.

This interdisciplinary program is designed for preparing leaders for leadership roles in university professorships, district-level curriculum administration and school-level instructional leadership positions. It requires 60 hours beyond the master's degree, the last 30 of which must be completed no more than eight years prior to graduation.

The Ed.D. program provides an in-depth understanding of the history, concepts, current techniques, strategies and issues of diversity in school, institutional and community settings and facilitates self-reflection for engaging in diversity education.

Application deadline

The admissions process for the Ed.D. occurs once a year. Applications are accepted until Dec. 1, and admission decisions are made on or before March 1.

Admission requirements for The Graduate School

  • a baccalaureate degree (or the international equivalent) from an accredited college or university
  • standardized test scores (consult the program to which you are applying for particular test requirements)
  • official transcripts
  • two or more letters of recommendation
  • application
  • application fee
  • English proficiency requirement*
  • other supporting materials**

* An applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or IELTS exam. For more information, please visit the International Applicants section on The Graduate School site.

** Many programs require personal statements, resumes, writing samples, audio files (recitals, auditions), art portfolios and/or licensure. Please consult your program for further requirements.

Program-specific admission requirements (in addition to above)

  • In addition to the requirements of The Graduate School, there is a qualifying written examination.
  • The student's program advisory committee will evaluate previous course work and experiences and recommend appropriate courses to ensure that at the completion of the program the student can demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions typically developed in the course work.

For more details, please visit the academic bulletin for the program.