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 Educational Technology.
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.
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 a concentration in Curriculum Studies, Educational Technology, or STEM Education.
The STEM Education concentration of the Ed.D. emphasizes content and pedagogy related to integrated approaches to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) instruction in PK-12 settings. Through the use of instructional methods, such as project-based learning, the STEM Education concentration provides in-depth instruction related to the integration of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics practices. The STEM Education concentration prepares practitioners and instructional leaders to (a) engage with and solve significant problems of practice within education settings related to STEM fields; (b) develop, integrate, and evaluate integrated STEM instruction; and c) leverage project-based learning as a model for STEM practices.
1. Total hours required:
60 hours beyond the master’s degree.
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 coursework:
Curriculum and Instruction Core Courses (required for both concentrations)
Complete the 4 courses listed below:
Concentration: Curriculum Studies or Educational Technology
Curriculum Studies Concentration
Complete 15 hours of Curriculum Studies courses as approved by advisor.
Educational Technology Concentration
Complete 15 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:
4. Comprehensive Examination:
Written examination and oral examination
Curriculum and Instruction Core Courses (required for all concentrations)
Concentration: Curriculum Studies, Educational Technology, or STEM Education
STEM Education Concentration
Complete 15 hours of STEM Education courses as approved by advisor.
The Profile of the South Carolina Graduate, adopted by State Board of Education, Department of Education, Education Oversight Committee, and numerous other boards and committees foregrounds world-class knowledge focused on STEM fields, as well as world-class skills that develop creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving. In deference to this consensus document and the need in South Carolina to enhance the STEM workforce and increase high quality STEM educators, this concentration supports scholarly practitioners positioned to develop and deliver emerging STEM practices.
Returned at the request of proposer.
Program Modification to BOT, CHE. No SACS notification required. BOT AA/BOT: 12/18/18; ACAP: 3/28/19.
BOT approved:12/18/18, proposal sent to CHE for 3/28/19 ACAP.
CHE approved: 5/20/19
Update will appear in the 1920 Graduate Bulletin.