Curriculum & Instruction, Ed.D.

Degree:Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Major:Curriculum and Instruction
Specializations:Administration and Leadership Studies
Curriculum and Assessment
Department:Educational Research and Administration
Building 77, Room 105A
College:Education and Professional Studies
CIP Code:13.0301
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 63

The University of West Florida offers a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Curriculum and Instruction. The doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction prepares students for leadership roles by providing learning and enrichment in the areas of diversity, quantitative and qualitative research, educational theory and philosophy, educational technology, and multicultural education. The extensive coursework offered through the Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at UWF may assist educators in designing innovative methods for providing instruction to struggling students, designing and modifying curricula, researching and assessing school programs, and leading change in educational organizations. In addition to the core coursework, students have the opportunity to determine an area of specialized study. The specialization areas encompass Administration and Leadership, Curriculum and Assessment, and Vulnerable and Marginalized Groups.  

The Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to meet the educational needs of a wide variety of professionals with backgrounds that include, but are not limited to, education and training professionals; community college, state college, and university personnel; social service personnel; community civic leaders; and military personnel. The Ed.D. program prepares professionals to assume administrative, higher education, and other leadership positions.  The successful candidate will conduct and evaluate applied research studies that emphasize local, regional, and state issues and problems within their respective fields.

Student performance and eligibility in the doctoral program will be continually assessed by faculty and require a B or better in all coursework. Students who earn below a grade of B in more than two courses may not be permitted to enroll in additional coursework. Students who earn two unsatisfactory grades during the dissertation phase may not be permitted to enroll in additional hours of dissertation and may be removed from the program. Students must successfully complete 45 semester hours of  coursework and 18 hours of dissertation credits. The dissertation hours are broken down as follows: there are four structured Doctoral Seminars including EDF 8931 focusing on an extensive background paper during the 33-36 credit hours; EDF 8935, which focuses on the pre-proposal and oral defense; EDF 8932, which covers the comprehensive examination and oral defense;  and EDF 8933, which covers the dissertation proposal and oral defense. After these structured and guided processes for the dissertation, students will have a minimum of six more credits to complete the fieldwork, analysis and write their dissertation. At this point students,  in consultation with their Doctoral Dissertation Committee, take a minimum of 1 semester hour of dissertation credit depending on their progress in the field work, analysis and writing until they obtain the minimum of the required 18 credits. Students must successfully defend their dissertation and submit an approved dissertation to be eligible for graduation. The submission processes and policy are spelled out in the Argo Docs 12 Step Dissertation Submission Process. 

Policy on Full-Time Registration

Doctoral students are required to complete 63 semester hours (sh) of coursework, including 27 sh in the professional core and 18 sh in their selected specialization. The remaining 18 sh are reserved for the dissertation requirement as broken down above.

Because of the rigor of doctoral courses, full time enrollment within the UWF Ed. D. Program is defined to be 6 hours per semester. Students will be unable to enroll in more than 6 hours per semester. If for any extenuating circumstances a student wishes to take more than the full time load of 6 credits, permission must be obtained through an official application. The application should address the following:

  • GPA must be higher than 3.75.
  • The application by the student should state and explain the extenuating circumstances dictating the need to take extra credits.
  • The student must submit an updated graduation plan, recommended by the academic advisor and the specialization coordinator indicating how the additional course will be accommodated in the rotation of courses and its impact on the student’s pathway to graduation.
  • The application should be routed through, signed and dated by the following for approval: Specialization Coordinator, Department Chair, Ed.D Program Director, and CEPS Dean.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, each department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant:

  • Submission of one of the following graduate admission tests*:
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
    • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
  • Master’s GPA (A master’s GPA below 3.75 requires competitive GRE, GMAT, or MAT scores)
  • Submission of a resume
  • Submission of three professional reference forms where at least two references are able to speak to your academic work, writing skills and sustainability for rigorous doctoral academic work.
  • Submission of a letter of intent that includes answers to the following prompts:
    • What personal and professional goals do you hope to meet through earning a doctorate, and why do you think the UWF Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction is a good fit for your goals?
    • What special knowledge, skills, and experiences would you bring to the chosen specialization and how are these aligned with the mission of the doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction as a whole? If you have had experiences that may have affected your academic performance, please provide explanatory context.
    • Clearly articulate how your skill set and experiences align with the description of the selected specialization, and show how these will impact your career trajectory.

Note: Your responses to the three prompts should be no less than six double-spaced pages, 12 font size in Times New Roman.

  • Overall fit with the program

* The graduate admission test will be waived for the following: 

  • Applicants must have a master’s degree with a GPA of 3.75 or higher.

Some specializations admit applicants once per year; contact the specialization's program coordinator for specific admission deadlines or visit the Curriculum & Instruction, Ed.D. webpage for more information.

This program requires a significant amount of writing, all of which must follow the APA guidelines. Students should complete the online APA tutorial before the end of the first semester of enrollment to assist them in mastering the APA style. EDF 7404 Quantitative Methods and Educational Statistics I presumes an understanding of basic statistics. Thus, students should complete the online statistics tutorial before enrolling in this class, which is normally taken in the second year of the program.

Degree Requirements

To be eligible for an Ed.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction, a student must complete a minimum of 63 semester hours including all requirements listed in the Graduation and General Degree Requirements section of this catalog along with the Professional Core, Specialization, and Dissertation Requirements listed below:

Professional Core Requirements (27 sh)

EDF 7404Quantitative Methods and Educational Statistics I3
EDF 7475Qualitative Research I - Methods3
EDF 7489Mixed Methods Research Design3
EDF 7685Philosophical Foundations of Education3
EDF 7790Foundations of Doctoral Research and Writing3
EDF 8289Curriculum Design3
Choose one:3
Improvement Science and Design Decision Making in Education (DIP students should choose this course.)
Psychological and Social Theories of Education
Choose one Advanced Quantitative or Qualitative Methods course:3
Quantitative Methods and Educational Statistics II
Advanced Program Development and Evaluation
Qualitative Research II-Design, Analysis, and Presentation
Policy Analysis and Education
Action Research Methods
Choose one Critical Issues Elective:3
Social Change and Reform
Social Justice, Inequalities, and Power: A Global Overview
IDT Foundations, Issues and Trends (Optional Elective)
Total Hours27

* Optional Elective: Students who are interested in an internship or study abroad may register for EDF 8940 Seminar: Supervised Doctoral Internship

Specialization Area (18 sh)

Dissertation Requirement (18 sh)

EDF 8931Doctoral Seminar : Background Paper3
EDF 8932Doctoral Seminar: Comprehensive Exam3
EDF 8935Doctoral Seminar : Dissertation Inquiry3
EDF 8933Doctoral Seminar: Proposal3
Choose one:6
Total Hours18

 Administration and Leadership Studies Specialization

The Administration and Leadership Studies Specialization focuses on educational systems, change theory, leadership theory, and professional ethics.

Students will select 18 semester hours of required course work in this specialization.
EDA 8103Theories of Administration and Leadership3
EDF 7730Administration and Leadership Communication Techniques3
EDF 8937Research Applications3
PAD 7409Strategic Management in Administration3
PAD 7003Administrative Ethics3
PAD 7004Public Budgeting and Finance3
Total Hours18

Curriculum and Assessment Specialization

The curriculum and assessment specialization is designed for individuals in public and private sectors who want to specialize in the theory, development, and implementation of curriculum and assessment.  This specialization is grounded in theories and models of curriculum and assessment.  

The following courses are required in this specialization:
EDG 7354Test, Measurement, & Data Literacy3
EDF 7573Contemporary Curriculum Issues and Theories3
EDG 7008Assessment Literacy3
EDG 7256Assessing Curricula and Educational Programs3
EDG 8938Seminar: Advanced Methods in Curriculum and Instruction3
EDG 8668Curriculum and Instructional Strategies for Adult Learners3
Total Hours18