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Doctor of Education

Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy

Ideally located in the nation’s capital, the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) prepares education leaders who will work to improve pre-K through 16+ education in local, national and international settings. The program encourages critical thought and creative work through coursework focusing on curriculum, instruction, research, and additional courses and learning opportunities that intentionally link teaching and learning, policy, and evaluation to students’ substantial prior experiences. C&I doctoral students have the opportunity to meet national leaders in education and participate in internships that expand horizons. Doctoral students often choose to contribute our K-12 teacher-preparation programs through teaching and supervision opportunities.

The program focuses on understanding how curriculum and instruction can be constructed and applied to educational reform and diverse populations of students. Students work together to build research skills and study in a collaborative social context, grounded in the realities of schooling. There are close ties with faculty. Doctoral students will become part of a community that links scholars with practicing professionals, policy makers and educational organizations in Washington DC and beyond. Students can also use the program expand their content knowledge or delve into other fields through linkages with Arts and Sciences or other Schools at GWU.

Graduates of the program can be found working in government agencies, teaching in university settings, or running informal education organizations. They also may be curriculum supervisors in school systems or master teacher leaders in schools.

For more information, download the Curriculum & Instruction Handbook.

For more information on the C&I doctoral program, first contact the Graduate Assistant Tyler Dickinson at Tyler is an excellent resource and can answer many of your questions. Dr. Sharon Lynch ( is the program coordinator who will attempt to answer any more complicated queries or put you in touch with the person who can.


Program Faculty

Sylven Beck
  • Sylven
  • Associate Professor
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  •  (202) 994-9084
Brian Casemore
  • Brian
  • Associate Professor
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy; English
  •  (202) 994-2011
Jonathan Eakle
  • Jonathan
  • Associate Professor
  • Curriculum & Pedagogy
  •  202 994-6821
Sharon Lynch
  • Sharon
  • Professor
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy; Science
  •  (202) 994-6174
Curtis Pyke
  • Curtis
  • Associate Professor
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy; Mathematics
  •  (202) 994-4516
Maia Sheppard
  • Maia
  • Assistant Professor
  • Curriculum & Pedagogy; Social Studies
  •  (202) 994-3236
Patricia Tate
  • Patricia
  • Associate Professor
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  •  (202) 994-1542

We review applications on a rolling basis.  Though, we encourage all applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible for best opportunity to arrange for their new graduate student life.  

Fast Facts

Courses Required (minimum)
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • Online
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer


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Special Event

ESRI - February 28, 2015