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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. Jonathan Eakle ( is the program coordinator who will attempt to answer any more complicated queries or put you in touch with the person who can.


We review applications on a rolling basis.  Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications as soon as possible.  


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Program Faculty

Sylven Beck, Associate Professor, Curriculum & Pedagogy
Brian Casemore, Associate Professor, Curriculum & Pedagogy; English
Jonathan Eakle, Associate Professor, Curriculum & Pedagogy
Sharon Lynch, Professor, Curriculum & Pedagogy; Science
Curtis Pyke, Associate Professor, Curriculum & Pedagogy; Mathematics
Maia Sheppard, Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Pedagogy; Social Studies
Patricia Tate, Associate Professor, Curriculum & Pedagogy

Program Alumni

Lottie Baker

Lottie is coordinating an English language curriculum project for police academies in Southeast Asia through a U.S. State Department grant.

Philip Bernhardt

Dr. Philip Bernhardt is currently an Assistant Professor of Secondary Education and Department Chair of Secondary Education, Educational Technology, and K-12 Education at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Dr. Carol O'Donnell

Dr. O'Donnell, a former public school teacher and current adjunct at GWU, is a Group Leader in the Office of State Support (OSS) at the US Department of Education (ED) in Washington, DC, coordinating the policy and financial resources associated with major state-administered grant programs that support States, districts, and schools as they implement programs and initiatives focused on education reform, school improvement, teacher quality, and improved student achievement.

Dr. Rob Ochsendorf

I am currently a program officer at the Institute of Education Sciences in D.C. where I oversee research grants and help develop national research priorities focused on math and science education for at risk learners. My experiences at GW were invaluable in helping me to understand the qualities inherent in high quality education research.

Dr. Jim Reese

Dr. Reese is director of studies at Washington International School, overseeing curriculum coordination and professional development of faculty. He also works closely with Project Zero, a research group at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. He credits two GSEHD programs, the M.Ed. in Secondary English and the Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, for preparing him well for his career in education.

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