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 is four years.
Cohort Deadline: August 1, 2023
Students will be admitted to this program only as members of a cohort. Our next cohort is scheduled to start in Spring 2024. Applications will be accepted April 1, 2023 – August 1, 2023.
Applications for the Spring 2024 cohort are due August 1, 2023.
- Minimum of five years of successful teaching experience.
- Earned master’s degree.
- Submit information for at least three professional or academic references (no friends or colleagues) to the electronic reference system attesting to the applicant’s teaching expertise, interpersonal skills and leadership skills.
- Writing samples addressing various educational and instructional issues.
Major themes presented in SEHD’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.
Key Program Elements
- Online curriculum
- Supportive thematic group membership
- Measures of continuing success in the program
- Professional internships (300 hours total in two semesters)
- Record of study
Degrees Offered: Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
Program Delivery: Cohort-Model, Online
Program Hours: 64
Frequently Asked Questions
I still have further questions—who can I contact to help me answer those?
Please feel free to contact our Graduate Advising Office with any questions you may have. Our office information can be found at https://tlac.tamu.edu/student-services/graduate-advising.
How soon can I apply?
Prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible!
I live out of state. Do you accept out-of-state applicants?
Yes, we accept in-state and out-of-state applicants.
Is there any opportunity for financial assistance?
What are the typical program costs?
You can base the cost of attendance on 64 graduate credit hours (for doctoral students). The following website can help you estimate the cost of the program, including current costs of tuition and fees: Cost of attendance estimator
Is the Online Ed.D Program at Texas A&M University for me?
Do you see yourself as an expert mid-career educator with significant teaching experience who is highly respected by your peers and who aspires to have a leadership role in P-16 public and private education? This program is intended to place an emphasis on acquiring knowledge and skills necessary to (a) lead school-based programs, (b) conduct content analyses of school curricula, (c) design protocols for conducting needs assessments associated with professional development programming, (d) conduct lesson analyses for enhanced instructional effectiveness that will promote increased student performance, and (e) design and implement program evaluations.
Is there a general program time line that I can review?
Yes, time line for completion of the Online Ed.D. can be found within the Prospectus.
How self-paced is the Ed.D. program?
The program is not a self-paced program. Due to the nature of the program and the cohort system on which it is based, the semester course load for each semester is pre-determined. You will be taking courses with other members of your cohort. A table of scheduled courses can be found in the Prospectus under “Tentative Schedule of Coursework.”
Do you offer any other admission times besides the spring semester for the Ed.D.?
We only offer spring admissions.
Do I have to take summer courses in the Ed.D. program?
Yes, as a student in the Online Ed.D. Program you will be required to participate in summer courses each summer throughout the program.
How many weeks does each course last for the Ed.D.?
Courses for this program follow the regular TAMU academic semester calendar. Students complete two courses each semester, with each course lasting a full semester.
How is the Online Ed.D. content delivered?
The content of the entire Online Ed.D. Program is delivered asynchronously through a web-based delivery system. All classes will be offered online through Texas A&M University. The program follows a cohort model, with all students in each cohort enrolled together in classes throughout the program.
How often will I be required to come to campus?/What are the residency requirements?
Three campus visits are required during the program. The first visit is a mandatory on-campus orientation the Friday before the first semester of classes. The second visit is after the second summer of courses to work with the student’s faculty chair on the Record of Study topic. The third visit is scheduled as the student prepares to defend the Record of Study. More information can be found in the program’s Prospectus.
Texas A&M University has a residency requirement for EdD students which requires students to be enrolled “full-time” for at least two semesters. Students in this program who are full-time employees during the program can be exempted from this requirement. (Additional information will be needed, such as a petition and verification of employment.) If not employed full-time during the program, students will need to register for additional hours at the end of the program to meet the residency requirement.
How long does it take to complete the Online Ed.D. Program?
The prospectus of the Online Ed.D. Program lays out a minimum four-year completion time line. Students are required to enroll in the spring, summer, and fall semesters for each academic year until the program is completed. The time of completion will vary due to the Record of Study required at the end of the program. Some students are able to complete this in two semesters, wheras other student might take longer.