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 2018. Applications will be accepted April 1, 2017 – Aug. 1, 2017.

Application Requirements

Note: GRE scores are required for all applicants.

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 

Course of Study

__ Coursework __ Internship __ Proseminars/Thematic Groups __ Professional Study
Semester Course I Course II/Internships Assessments, Proseminars, ROS Work
Spring Year 1 EDCI 601 (3 hr.): Introduction to the Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction EDCI 751 (3): Problem Based Research Frameworks [Note: Continuous Review of candidates for GPA non-compliance; see Prospectus]
Summer Year 1 EDCI 633 (3): Educator as Learner EDCI 752 (3): 21st Century Integration of Theory in Educational Settings  
Fall Year 1 EDCI 632 (3)PROG EVAL IN C&I EDCI 754 (3): Student Assessment in the Content Domains; Trends in Data Management and Analysis Qualifying Audit – review of spring and summer coursework to prescribe writing deficiency plans for students; notification to students during this semester
Spring Year 2 EDCI 609: (3) ANALY REPORT REC OF STUDY (Quantitative Methods) EDCI 639 (3): Grant Writing for Professional Development  
Summer Year 2 EDCI 605 (3): Qualitative Methods in Curriculum and Instruction EDCI 659 (3): History of American Education [Emphasis on K-12 Leadership]  
Fall Year 2 EDCI 661 (3): Mixed Methods Research in Curriculum and Instruction EDCI 690 (3): Theory of Curriculum and Instruction Research [Selection of problem space, which determines thematic group placement. Students begin literature review and structured abstracts.] Thematic Groups Form. Thematic chairs and their thematic group become acquainted in this semester.
Spring Year 3 EDAD 606 (3) Instructional Leadership Development Training. Formal Course Work Ends Internships Begin EDCI 684 Internship I (3): Shadowing and Interviewing Leaders EDCI 680 Proseminar I (1): Chairs maintain communication with students as they intern. Chairs supervise students’ completion of the ROS Summary for the IRB by March 1. (See format on eCampus.) Literature review continues. Thematic Chairs provide input into internship as requested. (Note: Thematic chairs will receive IRB dispositions as soon as they are transmitted. Students requiring IRB approval can begin this semester to seek approval.)
Summer Year 3 Formal course work has ended Students receive IRB disposition for ROS. Those students who must submit IRB approval requests must begin immediately to receive approval before problem-framing activities in the fall semester internship begin. EDCI 680 Proseminar II, III (2): Thematic chairs supervise those students requiring IRB approval as they submit their formal IRB requests for approval. Thematic chairs and students negotiate a week in September for administration of Preliminary Examinations.
Fall Year 3   EDCI 684 Internship II (3): Framing the ROS Situation, Problem, and Solution. (While internship is coordinated by a TAMU faculty member, students will require Thematic Committee input in terms of problem-framing activities. EDCI 680 Proseminar IV (1): September Preliminary Examination administration and evaluation. (Prelims are assessed by Thematic Committee, facilitated on eCampus Portal); Continued literature review and communication about problem-framing activities in internship
Spring Year 4    

EDCI 680 Proseminar V (1): ROS Proposal completion, presentation, and acceptance for those who are ready; others wait til Summer


EDCI 692 (variable*): Professional Study (for those anticipating completion of the ROS Proposal) to begin problem solutions/ interventions

Summer Year 4     EDCI 680 Proseminar VI (1): Checkpoints on proposal completion, data collection/writing for thematic group; ROS Proposal hearings for some
Fall Year 4     EDCI 692 (variable*): Professional Study, Work on ROS completion
Spring Year 5    

EDCI 692 (variable*): Professional Study, Work on ROS completion.

EDCI 692 (variable*): Defense and Graduation

Spring Year 4/Summer Year 4/Fall Year 4/Spring Year 5:

*Note 1: Thematic Chair and Committee responsibilities continue as long as the student stays in the program. An Ed.D. candidate may take a shorter or longer time than the semesters depicted here to complete and defend the ROS.

*Note 2: Hours for 692 by semester are negotiable. All Ed.D. students must fulfill the full 64 hr. degree requirement, which includes 13 hr. 692.

*Note 3: Past the 13 hr. of 692, students must be continuously enrolled in 1 hr. 692 fall and spring semesters (no summers) to complete the degree.

*Note 4: Students without full-time employment must work with the Graduate Office to satisfy the university residency requirement.

Review the program Prospectus for full information