Online Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

The Online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) prepares leaders in P–12 public and private education to be accomplished in providing direction in curriculum, instruction and instructional assessment. The program requires a minimum of 64 semester credit hours beyond the master's degree, all of which will be presented through a Web-based delivery system in a cohort structure. Estimated completion time in four years.


Students will be admitted to this program only as members of a cohort. Our next cohort is scheduled to start in Spring 2017. Applications will be accepted March 1, 2016 – Aug. 1, 2016.

Application Requirements

Program Design 

Major themes presented in the College's mission statement and vision form the three intertwined goals of the Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction: Leadership, Discovery and Application of Knowledge. We offer a terminal professional degree for educational leaders in curriculum and instruction contexts serving teachers and administrators in K–12 public and private education. We place emphasis on developing educational leadership knowledge and skills in curriculum and instruction. The program aims to extend mid-career individuals' prior experiences in teaching and learning environments to prepare them for new roles of leadership in one or more of the following domains of practice: 

  • Leadership roles in school change and improvement initiatives; 
  • School or district curriculum leadership;
  • Professional development of colleagues;
  • Parent and community involvement;
  • Preservice teacher preparation and supervision within school contexts;
  • Contributions to the teaching profession through service to professional organizations, school districts and state government steering committees;
  • Successful experiences with external funding efforts;
  • Organizational management. 

Program's Minimum Criteria

  • Minimum of five years of successful teaching experience;
  • Earned master's degree;
  • Three professional references attesting to the applicant’s teaching expertise, interpersonal skills and leadership skills;
  • Writing samples addressing various educational and instructional issues.

Key elements of the program

  • Online curriculum;
  • Supportive thematic group membership;
  • Measures of continuing success in the program;
  • Professional internships (300 hours total in two semesters);
  • Record of study

Review the program Prospectus for full information.