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Manhattan, KS 66506

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For more information about Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Programs:

Dr. Kay Ann Taylor
ktaylor@k-state.edu

Curriculum and Instruction Doctoral Degrees

The College of Education offers two Curriculum and Instruction doctoral degrees:

The Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, requiring a minimum of 90 postbaccalaureate, graduate credit hours, is designed for the advanced student who wants to contribute to the knowledge base of teaching, education, and leadership with a thorough grounding in research. The Ph.D. has traditionally been seen as an academic degree because it places emphasis on the usefulness of theory, understanding educational research, and the production of research.

The Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, requiring a minimum of 94 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, is designed for the advanced student who wants to achieve a superior level of competency in his or her professional field with emphasis on practice and leadership. The program provides an understanding of the historical, philosophical, and societal bases of educational practice and the application of research to practice. With an emphasis on the challenges facing contemporary K-12 educators, admission to the Ed.D. program is limited to licensed educators with at least three years of classroom teaching experience.


Doctor of Philosophy Program Requirements (90 credit hours)

The Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction requires a minimum of 90 post-baccalaureate, graduate credit hours. With the approval of the supervisory committee, up to 30 graduate hours earned as part of the Master’s degree may be used to satisfy the degree requirements. 

A. Area of Emphasis (57 hours) 
  1. A Theory Course (3 hours) 
    • Possible courses include:
      • EDCI 907 – Curriculum Theory (This course is offered in the fall of odd years.)
      • PSYCH 810 – Learning
      • PSYCH 814 – Advanced Cognitive Psychology
      • Or a theory course in the content field (e.g., EDCI 818 – Theoretical Models of Reading or PHYS 620 – Teaching University Physics)
      • Or a theory course approved by the advisor
  2. Courses with the EDCI prefix (12 hours)
    • A minimum of 12 credit hours of the post-master’s credits on the Ph.D. Program of Study must designate the EDCI prefix at the 800 or 900 course level. Research credits (EDCI 999) and internship credits (EDCI 991) may not be applied to the 12 credit hour minimum.
  3. Courses in the major and minor area (42 hours) 
B. Foundations of Education (3 hours) 
  • Possible courses include: 
    • EDCI 812 – History of American Education 
    • EDCI 813 – Philosophy of American Education 
C. Research Courses (12 hours) 
  • Required Research Courses (9 hours) 
    • EDCEP 817 – Statistical Methods in Education 
    • EDCEP 917 – Experimental Design in Educational Research 
    • EDLEA 838 – Qualitative Research in Education 
  • Elective Research Course (3 hours) 
    • EDCEP 819 – Survey Research 
    • EDLEA 938 – Advanced Data Analysis in Qualitative Methods 
    • EDLEA 948 – Data Representation and Writing in Qualitative Research 
    • EDCI 920 – Narrative Inquiry in Education 
    • Or a quantitative/qualitative research course taken from other disciplines at K-State and approved by the supervisory committee. 
    • Note:EDCEP 816 – Research Methods or its equivalent is considered a prerequisite for the 12 hours of research in the PhD program. Also, EDCI 760 – Action Research in Education cannot be included in the 12-hour research course requirement.
D. Doctoral Research (18 hours) 
  • EDCI 999 – Doctoral Research 
Preliminary examination 

Satisfactory completion of all segments of a monitored, written examination of at least 12 hours over all areas of the program of study. 

Dissertation research (18 credit hours) 

Completion of a dissertation which examines a topic congruent with the program of study using a systematic methodology consistent with accepted research paradigms; the dissertation must be successfully defended in a public, oral defense. 

  • EDCI 999 – Research in Curriculum and Instruction (Credits: 1-18)

Doctor of Education Program Requirements (94 credit hours)

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction requires a minimum of 94 post-baccalaureate, graduate credit hours. With the approval of the supervisory committee, up to 30 graduate hours earned as part of the Master’s degree may be used to satisfy the degree requirements.

A. Area of Emphasis (48 hours) 
B. Foundational Knowledge (12 hours) 

For each category, take the course listed or its equivalent. 

  1. Historical and Philosophical Analysis of Educational Ideas and Practice 
    • EDCI 812 – History of American Education, OR 
    • EDCI 813 – Philosophy of American Education
  2. Techniques and Interpretation of Educational Research 
    • EDCEP 816 – Research Methods in Education 
  3. Social Science Explanations of Educating a Diverse Society 
    • EDCI 910 – Multicultural Curriculum Programming 
  4. Behavioral Bases of Educational Thought and Practice 
    • EDCEP 912 – Psychological Bases of Educational Thought and Practice
C. Research Courses (6 hours) 

Research courses concerning methodology consistent with that required for the dissertation. 

  • Two courses typically used to meet research expectations include:
    • EDCEP 817 – Statistical Methods in Education 
    • EDCEP 917 – Experimental Design in Educational Research 
D. Clinical Experience (12 Hours) 
  • EDCI 991 – Internship in Curriculum and Instruction 
  • Objectives, activities, and outcomes for this clinical experience/internship are commonly determined by the major professor (advisor), in consultation with the student. 
E. Doctoral Research (16 hours) 
  • EDCI 999 – Doctoral Research 
Preliminary examination 

Satisfactory completion of all segments of a monitored, written examination of at least 12 hours over all areas of the program of study, 3 of which must be over the foundation courses. 

Dissertation research (16 credit hours) 

Completion of a dissertation which treats an important topic of professional education practice using a systematic methodology consistent with accepted research paradigms; the dissertation must be successfully defended in a public, oral defense 

  • EDCI 999 – Research in Curriculum and Instruction (Credits: 1-18) 

Admission Requirements

Admission to graduate study is granted by the Dean of the Graduate School upon the recommendation of the faculty in the graduate program. Applicants seeking admission to this degree program must submit the information noted below. Before starting the online application, gather all information and documents for all of the admission requirements so that they can be uploaded into the application system. All materials must be received before review will begin.

  • Completed Online Graduate School Application.
    (Follow the prompts for completing the application process.)
  • Application Deadlines
    The Graduate School application and all additional documentation must be received by the following deadline dates for admission in a particular semester
    • Domestic Students:
      • March 1 for fall (August) enrollment
      • October 1 for spring (January) enrollment
      • February 1 for summer (June) enrollment
    • International Students:
      • January 1 for fall (August) enrollment
      • August 1 for spring (January) enrollment
      • December 1 for summer (June) enrollment
  • Graduate School Application Fee
    • Domestic Students: A $65 application fee is required for all domestic students; the application will not be processed without this fee. The fee can be paid by credit card when completing the online application.
    • International Students: A $75 application fee is required; the application will not be processed without this fee. The fee can be paid by credit card when completing the online application.
  • Official Transcripts
    • You must upload into the online application system a scanned copy (PDF preferred) of the official transcript(s) from each college or university where you received your bachelor's degree(s) and completed any post-baccalaureate course work or degrees. Transcripts become part of your records at Kansas State University and cannot be returned. Please be aware that printouts from university student portals are not considered a copy of your official transcript.
    • If you are admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript for GPA and degree conferral verification from the institution(s) where you received your degree(s) and completed any post-baccalaureate credits.
    • Students whose transcripts are not in English must furnish a translation by an appropriate authority. Failure to list any colleges or universities attended may result in dismissal from the university.
  • Statement of Goals and Professional Experience
    • You must upload into the online application system a 1-2 page statement that includes the following information:
      • Career and professional goals and aspirations, and how being accepted to the program will benefit your goals and aspirations;
      • Your intended area of emphasis in the program;
      • Any research interests;
      • A description of your work experience within education or a related field (e.g., past and present employment);
      • Future professional plans (e.g., Upon completion of the degree, do you plan to stay in your current position? If not, what type of position would you like to seek?);
      • Do you plan to complete classes as a part-time or full-time student? If a full-time student, do you intend to seek a graduate assistantship? Which semester would you begin?; and
      • If you have a request for a certain advisor, indicate that preference in the statement.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Test Scores
      • Each applicant must submit scores taken within the past five years on the GRE. Priority for admission is given to applicants with scores at the 50th percentile or higher on each part of the GRE.
      • The GRE has three parts: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. Applicants are strongly encouraged to go to the GRE website to become familiar with the three exams, identify ways to prepare for the exam, and to register to take the exam.
      • When registering for the GRE, you will be asked to record codes for where you want your scores sent and for the field of study of your intended graduate program. Use the following codes on the GRE registration form when applying to this degree program:
        • Institutional code for Kansas State University: 6334
        • Field of Study: Curriculum and Instruction 3101
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • Three letters of recommendation are needed from college or university educators and/or colleagues or supervisors who are qualified to address your professional skills and your potential for success in the graduate program. Enter the names and email addresses of the recommenders into the appropriate area in the online application.
  • Resume
    • You must upload into the online application a professional resume that includes previous academic degrees, past and present employment, other professional activities and roles, and other pertinent information.
  • Writing Sample
    • You must upload into the online application a writing sample that is original and independently written in English. A writing sample may be a research or practice paper written for a previous graduate course, a published article, or other writing for an academic audience (no more than 20 pages).
  • Interview
    • An interview with faculty members in the area of emphasis may be requested before an admission decision is made.
  • English Language Proficiency
    • To demonstrate competence in the English language, an official report of scores not more than 18 months old (see the Graduate School website for dates) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System – academic exam (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) must be sent to Kansas State University for all applicants whose primary language is not English. Enter your scores in the online application and upload the report of your scores.
    • Learn more about English proficiency requirements

International applicants must meet the same academic standards for admission as those required of domestic students. When applying for admission, international applicants must provide an Affidavit of Financial Support and documentation of English language proficiency. Detailed information about these issues is provided at the Graduate School's International Students web page.

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FAST FACTS


Degrees:

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Department:

Curriculum and Instruction

Course Delivery:

Manhattan Campus
Some programs and courses available Online

Credits:

Ph.D. – 90
Ed.D. – 94

Tuition Information:

See the Cashiers and Student Accounts website for tuition and fee schedules.

See the College of Education Graduate Assistantships page for detailed information and application procedures about graduate assistantships available in the College of Education.


Additional Information

Program Booklet (PDF)
Program Process Checklist (PDF)
Student Responsibility Checklist (PDF)
Ph.D. Student Learning Outcomes (PDF)
Ed.D. Student Learning Outcomes (PDF)
Professional Dispositions (PDF)

Assessment Portal


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