Curriculum Studies Ed.D.

Degree Requirements: 66-78 (Minimum of 66 Credit Hours beyond Master’s Including Dissertation, 60 Credit Hours beyond Master’s Excluding Dissertation)

Admission Requirements

The following minimum admission requirements must be met:

  1. Complete the work necessary to be eligible for the minimum of a Master’s degree from an accredited graduate institution.
  2. Present a minimum grade point average of 3.50 (4.0 scale) in all graduate work attempted (or other appropriate evidence of scholarly aptitude necessary for doctoral study).
  3. Present current official report from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT) showing competitive scores. International Students who have not earned a degree at an institution of higher education in the United States must also submit the results of the TOEFL Examination.
  4. Submit completed application for admission, required application fee and official transcripts consistent with the College of Graduate Studies admission requirements.
  5. Submit three (3) professional letters of reference.
  6. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.
  7. Complete a writing sample.
  8. Complete an interview, if requested.

Applicants’ credentials will be evaluated by the Ed.D. in Curriculum Studies Admissions Committee in order to identify the candidates in that applicant pool to recommend for admission; admission is competitive. The number of applicants accepted each year will be dependent upon available resources. Applications will be evaluated once per year for Summer admissions. The deadline for applications is January 30. Students seeking a certificate upgrade must identify a concentration (i.e., certification field) on the Ed.D. admission application.


One academic year of continual enrollment.

Time Limit

Doctoral students must pass the Candidacy Exam within five years from the first Ed.D. admission registration term and no later than the last semester of Ed.D. course work or the following semester. All degree requirements must be completed within five (5) years of passing the Candidacy Exam. After successful completion of the Candidacy Exam, students have five years to finish program requirements, including the Dissertation; otherwise, the Candidacy Exam must be retaken.

Program of Study

This degree program consists of work in five areas:

  1. Curriculum Studies Foundations,
  2. Research and Inquiry,
  3. Curriculum and Pedagogy Courses,
  4. Emphasis Area, and
  5. Dissertation.

The first two areas require a combined minimum of 39 credit hours of course work, the third area requires a minimum of 9 credit hours of course work, the fourth area requires a minimum of 12 credit hours, and the fifth area requires a minimum of 6 credit hours. The complete program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours of course work plus a minimum of 6 credit hours of dissertation.

Some students might enter the program carrying course work beyond the Master’s degree. Once admitted and a Candidacy Committee Chair is identified, up to 9 credit hours of applicable and appropriate post-Master’s work may apply toward degree requirements with the approval of the student’s Candidacy Committee Chair.

Curriculum Studies Foundations

This is the nexus of the program. As such, it contains courses to be taken by all doctoral students. The Core intertwines the theoretical, ethical, and historical concepts underpinning curriculum work with advanced theories of design, development, and implementation.

Research and Inquiry

This portion of the program is designed to create scholars who might apply their knowledge base to the solving of problems encountered in daily education work. Both components of the Research and Inquiry Core are understood to be essential in the preparation of doctoral students who will engage in meaningful, productive investigations into critical issues in curriculum. The Research component provides for advanced study into specific methodologies and their appropriate applications. The Inquiry component addresses theoretical questions of orientation of various research paradigms so that the doctoral student might make an informed decision as to the general approach (i.e., quantitative or qualitative) he/she will wish to pursue in order to effectively address a topic or problem in curriculum.

Curriculum and Pedagogy Courses

This praxis-oriented segment of the program of study provides opportunities for students to apply curriculum theory in their professional work environments. Curriculum and pedagogy courses satisfy the advanced pedagogy requirement for students seeking a certificate upgrade.

Emphasis Areas

This program offers three interdisciplinary emphasis areas covering a broad terrain of scholarly inquiry and educational application.

  1. Cultural Curriculum Studies
    This emphasis area provides intensive exposure to critical aspects of the Curriculum Studies field. It also centers on the study of popular culture in its many manifestations and the implications of the ways in which the study of these educational sites impact the social construction of identity and the intersections of popular culture on pedagogy and curriculum theory.
  2. Learning, Development, and Curriculum
    This emphasis area meets the needs of many practicing professionals including curriculum directors, staff development personnel, instructional coordinators, high school department chairs, and lead teachers as well as others in teaching or administrative positions at the P-12 level or in higher education.
  3. Multicultural and Social Justice Education
    This emphasis area reflects the growing importance of addressing issues of culture, diversity, and social justice at all levels of education. The emphasis area allows examination of the needs of culturally diverse groups, the relationship between culture and academic achievement, and processes and mechanisms for realizing social justice aims within formal and informal educational environments.

Grade Average

To be eligible for graduation, a student must maintain a cumulative 3.25 grade point average. A student will be excluded from the program upon earning grades of “C” or below in two or more courses.

Program of Study

NOTE: All electives must be approved by committee chair.

Credit Hours
Curriculum Studies Foundations
EDUC   8130Curriculum Theories and Design3
EDUF   8831Philosophies of Education 3
EDUC   9130Contemporary Curriculum Theorists 3
EDUF   9131Ethical Dimensions of Education 3
EDUF   9132History of American Curriculum 3
EDUC   9230Power and Schooling 3
EDUC   9631Advanced Seminar in Curriculum Theory 3
Research and Inquiry
EDUF   9133Theories of Educational Inquiry 3
EDUR   9231Qualitative Research in Education (Note: EDUR   7130 Educational Research is a prerequisite for this course)3
or EDUR   8131 Educational Statistics I
(Note: EDUR   7130 Educational Research is a prerequisite for this course)
EDUC   9232Forms of Curriculum Inquiry 3
EDUR   9232Advanced Qualitative Research 3
or EDUR   8132 Educational Statistics II
EDUC   9630Doctoral Writing Seminar I3
EDUC   9632Doctoral Writing Seminar II3
Curriculum and Pedagogy Courses
ITEC   8630Advanced Seminar in Instructional Technology 23
Select two of the following options:6
Hip Hop Pedagogy 2
Critical Media Literacy 2
Inquiry and Development of Educational Practices 2
Advanced Critical Pedagogy
Emphasis Area
Select one of the following Emphasis Areas:12
Cultural Curriculum Studies
Contemporary Curriculum Theorists
Critical Reading in Curriculum
Seminar in Cultural Studies
Learning, Development, and Curriculum
Learning Theories and Applications
Select two of the following options (select three of the following if EDUF   7130 or equivalent was previously satisfied):
Theories of Adolescence
Interaction and Learning
Models of Motivation
Thinking and Problem Solving
Theories of Human Development
Curriculum Design and Evaluation
Multicultural and Social Justice Education
Curriculum and Pedagogy for Social Justice
Select three of the following:
Critical Reading in Curriculum
Contemporary Curriculum Theorists
Critical Issues in Literacy Education with Diverse Populations
Understanding Diverse Students through Case Study
EDUC   9999Dissertation (minimum of 6 variable credit hours)1-5
Total Credit Hours66-78

Other Program Requirements

  • Must successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point.


Department of Curriculum
Foundations, and Reading
Dr. Sabrina Ross
Program Director
P. O. Box 8144
Statesboro, GA 30460
(912) 478-0696
Fax: (912) 478-5382