Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

3-4 years
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Gain new perspectives on education and become a leader in research and pedagogy.
UNT's Curriculum and Instruction Ph.D. with a concentration in Curriculum Studies focuses on the dynamic, historical and cultural aspects of the educational experience. Special attention is given to the connection between theory and practice, the role of politics and policies relevant to school curricula, contrasting approaches to curriculum evaluation and reconceptualization, and critical analysis of curricular paradigms.

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Why Earn a Curriculum and Instruction Studies Ph.D.?

The Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program at the University of North Texas is a research-intensive program.

Our faculty members have a wide range of interests in their specialization areas. Their research interests span from curriculum integration to technology to language and literacy issues, all across a diverse range of grade levels and populations.

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.

Marketable Skills
  • Lead learning organizations
  • Use theory, research, best practices
  • Engage community for social justice
  • Develop organizational agendas promoting success
  • Manage resources/services promoting success

Curriculum and Instruction Studies Ph.D. Highlights

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.
Prepare to be a leader in research and pedagogy.
Gain an integrative perspective on education.

What Can You do With a Curriculum and Instruction Studies Ph.D.?

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.

Curriculum and Instruction Studies Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Culture, Identity and Education (3 hrs)
Examination of conceptions of culture and notions of multiculturalism, interculturalism and transculturalism in education. Attention is on related concepts, especially social identity, and on the conduct of research in various sociocultural contexts.
Theoretical Foundations for Educational Studies (3 hrs)
Theoretical perspectives of major importance in educational studies today. Attention is given to the contexts in which the theories have developed, to the major claims that are made and to the means by which the claims are supported.
Conceptual Models of Curriculum Development (3 hrs)
Descriptions and analyses of conceptual models of curriculum theory, curriculum development, and curriculum inquiry and research.
Implementation and Evaluation of Curriculum (3 hrs)
Course covers selected models of curriculum and allows students to analyze and design appropriate strategies for implementing and evaluating curriculum.
Critical Issues in Curriculum Studies (3 hrs)
Critical examination of current topics and issues in the field of curriculum studies. Students analyze trends in U.S. and international education in terms of social transformation and globalization.
Traditions of Inquiry (3 hrs)
History, theoretical assumptions and methodological issues associated with major traditions of inquiry in educational studies.

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