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Curriculum and Instruction

Doctoral Degree Program

Graduate opportunities

The Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program at the University of North Texas enables you to:

  • Gain an integrative perspective on education
  • Receive a firm grounding in educational theory, pedagogical practice and research methodology
  • Engage in educational efforts focused on social justice and equity
  • Develop research agendas to pursue your professional career
  • Be prepared to be a leader in research and pedagogy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction prepares graduates for careers as scholars, researchers or teacher educators in higher education or to hold research-oriented leadership positions. Concentrations are available in Curriculum Studies, Early Childhood Studies or Language and Literacy Studies.

Our faculty members have a wide range of interests within their areas of specialization. Their research interests span from curriculum integration to technology in the classroom.

Concentration areas

Curriculum Studies focuses on the dynamic, historical and cultural aspects of the educational experience. Special attention goes to the connections between theory to practice, the role of politics and policies relevant to school curricula, contrasting approaches to curriculum evaluation and reconceptualization, and critical analysis of curricular paradigms.

The program emphasizes understanding curriculum, learning and teaching in their various facets.

Early Childhood Studies centers on developing professionals who are critical educational leaders, researchers and facilitators of social change for children, their families and their teachers and caregivers. Research and scholarship are created to increase equity, social justice and life or education opportunities for those who are younger.

Graduates prepare for diverse teaching, research and administrative responsibilities.

Language and Literacy Studies focuses on theories, practices and policies associated with language and literacy in the preparation of scholars, researchers and educational leaders. The program strives to improve educational practice through generating new knowledge and service to education institutions, governmental agencies and practitioners at all levels of education.

Committed to theory-driven research that informs effective practice, faculty members acknowledge the complex role of language and culture in literacy as they mentor literacy leaders.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You must meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® and supply the items below to the Curriculum and Instruction program. Completed applications should be emailed to David Pierce by March 1. For graduate school requirements, visit the catalog or the Graduate School website. The required program documents are:

  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can address your ability to pursue doctoral-level studies and potential for contributing to a field of study
  • Detailed statement of purpose describing research interests, plans and purpose for pursuing the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Current curriculum vitae

You are expected to have competitive GRE scores and at least a 550 on the TOEFL if your native language is not English. Admission decisions are based on a holistic review of all materials.

Degree requirements

Doctor of Philosophy

The doctoral program requires 60 semester credit hours that include:

  • 12 semester hours of curriculum and instruction core courses
  • 18 semester hours of courses in a concentration
  • 15 semester hours of research courses
  • 6 semester hours of electives
  • 9 semester hours of dissertation

Financial assistance

The department offers teaching fellowships and teaching and research assistantships that provide valuable experiences teaching in higher education, participating in research and supporting the department’s work.

Salaries for fellowships and assistantships are competitive and include medical insurance benefits. Out-of-state and international students who receive assistantships are eligible to pay in-state tuition rates. Information about other financial assistance programs is available on the Financial Aid website.

The College of Education also provides financial awards for graduate students who travel to present research at professional meetings.