Degree Requirements (60 Post Masters Hours)
The Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) stresses the importance of core and diverse curriculum issues and prepares comprehensive curriculum practitioners for PK-20 school-district level, as well as other social institutional curriculum administration, instructional, and leadership positions. Students must complete either a concentration in Curriculum Studies or EducationalTechnology.
The Curriculum Studies concentration emphasizes concerns for equity and social justice, self-knowledge, cultural issues, and human growth and development through a balanced approach to diversity education consisting of theory and practice. This concentration provides an in-depth understanding of the theory, history, concepts, current techniques, strategies, and issues of diversity in schools, as well as other social institutions and community settings; and facilitates self-reflection for engaging in social justice education.
The Educational Technology concentration develops capabilities essential to the design, development, implementation, evaluation, and research of technology-based learning, instruction, and training (e.g., computer-based training, multimedia development, technology integration, assistive technology modifications, online education, and distance learning). This concentration (1) prepares practitioners with sound principles and techniques of instructional systems design plus leading-edge technological competency; (2) prepares leaders for the meaningful integration of educational technology in teaching, learning, and performance environments; and (3) develops scholarly practitioners to solve significant problems of practice within their respective contexts.
1. Total hours required:
60 hours beyond the master’s degree, the last 30 of which must be completed no more than eight years prior to graduation. A minimum of 39 hours must be earned in the Ed.D. program at the University of South Carolina.
2. Qualifying examination:
Submission and approval of Doctoral Program of Study and passing written exam.
3. Program of Study:
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 following course work:
Curriculum and Instruction Core Courses (required for both concentrations)
Complete the 6 courses listed below:
- EDCS 720 - Introduction to Diversity and the Curriculum
- EDCS 725 - Principles of Curriculum Construction
- EDCS 820 - Advanced Study of Diversity and Curriculum
- EDCS 824 - Curriculum Seminar
- EDET 709 - Applications of Learning Principles
- EDET 722 - Instructional Design and Assessment
Concentration: Curriculum Studies or Educational Technology
Curriculum Studies Concentration
Complete 3 courses listed below:
- EDCS 722 - Racial and Ethnic Diversity and the Curriculum
- EDCS 724 - Gender Diversity in Schools and Communities
- EDCS 726 - Curriculum Leadership
Educational Technology Concentration
Complete 9 hours of Educational Technology courses as approved by advisor.
Minimum of 9 hours as approved by advisor.
12 hours as approved by advisor.
Select from one of the following depending on concentration:
- EDCS 899 - Dissertation Preparation (12 Hours)
- EDET 899 - Dissertation Preparation (12 Hours)
4. Comprehensive Examination:
Written examination and oral examination