Curriculum & Instruction, Ed.D.
The Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction program prepares professionals in the community to assume administrative and leadership positions and to conduct and evaluate applied research studies that emphasize local, regional, and state educational issues and problems. To be eligible for an Ed.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction, a student must complete 66 semester hours including all requirements listed in the Graduation and General Degree Requirements section of the graduate catalog along with the Professional Core, Specialization, and Dissertation Requirements. The following specializations are available:
Administration and Leadership Studies
The Administration and Leadership Studies specialization focuses on educational systems, change theory, leadership theory, and professional ethics.
Curriculum and Assessment Studies (Online)
The Curriculum and Assessment Studies Specialization targets individuals in public and and private sectors who want to specialize in theory and practice of curriculum and assessment design, development, evaluation, and implementation. issues and development. This program is grounded in the theories and models of curriculum, evaluation, and assessment. The core courses (30 sh) and the specialization courses (18 sh) will be taken in conjunction with four dissertation seminars (2 sh each). These specialization courses along with the concurrent dissertation seminars provide the student with the competencies necessary to produce a scholarly written research proposal. This research proposal is then implemented and completed during the final 10 sh of the program.
We are currently not accepting applications for the Diversity Studies specialization.
The Diversity Studies Specialization is designed to promote an understanding of contemporary discord related to historical events, philosophical perspective, civil rights, race relations, gender equity, socioeconomic status, and censorship of groups, institutions, and ideas.
The Higher Education Specialization prepares students for leadership in colleges and universities and provides a broad overview of the institutions, policies, practices, personnel, programs, and services of institutions of higher education. Students will acquire a professional knowledge and understanding of colleges and universities as social and cultural institutions.
Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
The Instructional Design and Technology Specialization offers two concentrations: Performance Technology and Distance Learning. The Performance Technology option targets individuals who want to investigate how instructional technology and systems thinking can be used to improve performance and learning in various organizational settings. The Distance Learning concentration targets individuals who want to develop expertise in the theoretical constructs and best practices associated with the design, development, implementation, evaluation and administration of distance learning. All students complete a common core, providing them with foundational knowledge related to the theory and practice of instructional design and technology in addition to electives within the chosen concentration.
This 24-27 sh specialization is for professionals in the field of health and physical education directly responsible for addressing health and physical concerns of individual students, classroom students, school-wide groups of students, school district student populations, and children and adults in the community at large. The primary focus is on school-based health and physical education; however, the program is designed to prepare professionals to teach or administer programs at the university, college, K-12 schools, or in the community.
Science and Social Science
The Sciences and Social Sciences Specialization offers two options: Mathematics and Statistics/Science/Computer Science option or Social Science option. The Mathematics and Statistics/Science/Computer Science option targets individuals who want to become program specialists or teach at the junior/community college level in the program areas. The Social Science option targets individuals who want to specialize in specific academic discipline areas of social sciences to complement their academic training in the area of education.
In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee
• Submission of official transcripts
*International students may have additional requirements.
• Submission of official test scores - GRE, MAT or GMAT*
• Master's GPA
• Overall fit with the program
• Completion of a College of Education and Professional Studies Ed.D. Specialization Declaration Form
• Submission of letter of intent answering the following questions:
a. 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?
b. 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 in your letter of intent.
c. Be careful to clearly articulate how your skill set and experiences align with goals of the selected specialization, and show how these will impact your career trajectory.
* Review your eligibility for an admission test score waiver.
**Departments housing the specializations may have additional admission requirements. Some specializations admit applicants once per year; contact the specialization's program coordinator for specific admission information.
Certain graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Check with the graduate department for departmental specific deadlines.