Curriculum and Instruction
The program prepares leaders who will work to improve pre-K-16+ education in local, national and international settings. This is accomplished through critical thought, research and reflective practice related to: teaching and learning, curriculum, instruction, policy and teacher education. The C&I doctoral program stresses the importance of collaborative research and study in a social context, grounded in the realities of schooling. Doctoral students will conduct research, and critically examine curriculum, learning processes, assessment and the characteristics and politics of learning environments.
Through electives and research, students may focus their studies in one of the following foundational themes of the program:
Curriculum - This concentration focuses on the examination of the educational ideas of individuals and groups that influence American curriculum theory and practice. Courses in this area include comparisons of the issues, models and principles that have guided curricular thought, development and innovation.
Instruction - The focus area of instruction offers an examination of theories, models and variables that have contributed to the field of instruction and concomitant assessments. Connections among instructional theory, research and practice are made explicit.
Research - Examination of research paradigms and methodologies appropriate to conducting high quality research in educational settings is integral to students C&I doctoral experience. This includes examination of quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods approaches to undertake social science research.
Leadership and Policy - Leadership in curriculum and instruction is examined through clinical supervision models, and school reform models articulated through the professional development of K-12 educators. An examination of the policy cycle, policy actors and the interplay of federal, state and local education policies is explored in coursework in particular.