Jul 15, 2024  
2024-2025 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2024-2025 University of Wyoming Catalog

Education, Ed.D., Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction

Pursue your PhD in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction in a program that is offered entirely online! Continue in your current role as you gain expertise to take your career to the next level.

Required Courses

Required Courses (80 credit hours)

The Doctor of Education in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction program is 80 credit hours and all courses are delivered entirely online. You must have three years of classroom teaching experience, a master’s degree to apply to the program. Applicants must also complete EDRE 5530 - Introduction to Research or an equivalent course prior to entering the program.

Program Knowledge Base
Students must take all 15 credit hours listed below.

  • EDCI 5600 - Diversity in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5730 - Learning and Cognition (3 credit hours)
  • EDAD 5720 - Educational Leader as Change Agent (3 credit hours)
  • EDAD 5650 - Educational Leader as Communicator (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5660 - Proposal Writing (3 credit hours)

Advanced Research Courses
Select 9 credit hours from the below list. Coursework in both qualitative and quantitative research is required and courses can be taken outside the College of Education. Course selection is subject doctoral committee approval.

  • EDRE 5600 - Ed Research 1: Descriptive (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5610 - Ed Research 2: Group Comparison (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5620 - Ed Research 3: Correlational (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5630 - Ed Research 4: Multivariate (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5550 - Action Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5640 - Intro to Qualitative Research (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5650 - Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (3 credit hours)

Two credit hours. Must be determined with doctoral committee.

  • EDCI 5580 - Internship (2 credit hours)

Curriculum and Instruction Specialization
Students must take the required courses listed below and select an additional 12 credit hours of elective courses in the Curriculum and Instruction area. Course selection is subject doctoral committee approval.

  • EDCI 5790 - Learning Theories & Instructional Principles (3 credit hours) Required
  • EDCI 5800 - Curriculum Development (3 credit hours) Required

Final Project: Dissertation in Practice or Other Project Option
Students must take all 6 credit hours listed below.

  • EDCI 5980 - Dissertation Research (6 credit hours)

Final (Applied) Project Options

Doctor of Education students will use research methods to explore practical leadership problems. Applied projects are problem-based and may be collaborative. Projects may involve evaluating curriculum, designing and implementing professional development or training, developing applications to be used in local settings (e.g., early childhood-12 education, corporate and government centers), as well as other projects designed to advance knowledge in a specific field or setting. 

Suggested project formats and brief descriptions are:

Dissertation of Practice

  • A dissertation of practice is original practice-based empirical research with data collection expected from primary sources. 

Local Case Study

  • A case study is a descriptive, exploratory, or explanatory analysis of a person, group, or event.  Thomas (2011, p. 354) offered the following definition of case study: “Case studies are analysis of persons, events, decisions, periods, projects, policies, institutions, or others systems that are studied holistically by one of more methods.”

Faculty Directed Individual or Team-based Inquiry

  • This type of inquiry involves individual or a small group of students working together on a single project under the guidance of a faculty member. Data can be obtained from primary or secondary sources.

Documentary on an Educational Issue

  • A documentary is an in-depth and extensive study with an analysis presented in video form accompanied by a written summary of the purpose and outcome.

Submitted Manuscript

  • A full-length research manuscript must be submitted to a refereed mid- or top-tier national or international scholarly journal.

Program Evaluation

  • A program evaluation report typically uses both qualitative and quantitative research methods to examine and collect data on a current program that is in place in a school or another organization.

Additional project formats may be proposed and approved by the student’s committee as long as they meet the requirements listed above.

Final Project Processes

As in the traditional dissertation process, all students are expected to meet with their committees to gain project approval (at the pre-prospectus and/or prospectus stage). The Report of Final Examination will indicate whether or not the final project is acceptable to the committee. The deadline for submitting projects to Mountain Scholar Digital Collections or dissertations or other projects in a dissertation format to ProQuest is the same as the Report of Final Examination, the last day of classes for the semester during which a student intends to graduate. All projects will be evaluated by committee members and also by the student.

Additional Information:

Admission Requirements

Applications for the Doctor of Education (EdD) program with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction are reviewed for admission in fall and spring semesters. All applications will be completed through the UW Admissions website: http://www.uwyo.edu/admissions/apply.html.

Applicants are required to submit the following supplemental material:

  • Letter of intent describing academic goals, teaching experiences, and reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Wyoming. This letter serves as a writing sample.
  • Recent GRE scores.
  • Three letters of recommendation, completed by an individual familiar with the applicant’s academic performance, a current or recent supervisor, and/or a selected colleague and/or community member.
  • Academic Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcripts
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores (for international, non-native English speaking applicants). Until further notice, due to COVID-19 related postponements/cancellations of TOEFL/IELTS exams, we will be accepting Duolingo scores or 110 or higher as proof of English proficiency.

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a Master’s degree from an accredited institute of higher education.
  • Score of “Proficient” or higher on a letter of intent describing academic goals, teaching experiences, and reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Wyoming.
  • Three (3) years of P-12 teaching experience or its equivalent.
  • Minimum 3.000 GPA on a 4.000 scale on the applicant’s bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, plus transcripts from all other schools attended.
  • GRE minimum score of Verbal:153, Quantitative:144.
  • TOEFL score of 540 (paperbased), 76 (internet exam) or IELTS score of 6.5 or above are required for international, non-native English speaking applicants. Until further notice, due to COVID-19 related postponements/cancellations of TOEFL/IELTS exams, we will be accepting Duolingo scores or 110 or higher as proof of English proficiency.

Please see the Graduate Admissions and Graduate Student Regulations and Policies entries in the front section of the UW Catalog for more information.

Graduate Assistantships

Applicants interested in a Graduate Assistantship must submit a graduate assistantship application at the time of admission application process or consult student’s advisor or school director thereinafter.