Curriculum and Instruction EdD

College of Education Doctoral Study

This area of intensive study is designed to prepare scholar practitioners to plan, implement, evaluate, and supervise educational programs for children, from infancy through adolescence, and adult learners, inclusive of a wide variety of diversity. Faculty in this intensive study area come from many departments and disciplines, including but not limited to prekindergarten through tertiary curriculum and pedagogy; foundations of education in psychology, philosophy, social sciences; disability studies, gifted and talented, and multicultural education; literacy education; instructional technology, school library studies; and P-12 content areas such as mathematics, physical education, science, social studies, and language arts.  Students interested in becoming scholar-practitioners to plan, implement, evaluate, and supervise educational programs for children and adult learners with an emphasis on inclusion and diversity will apply for admission through the Curriculum & Instruction Intensive Study Area.


ISA Coordinator: Dr. Audrey Rule

(319) 273-7829


Please note:

  • The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) IS REQUIRED for admission.

  • Applicants must take the Analytical Writing Ability component of the Graduate Record Exam and demonstrate evidence of professional writing ability.

  • Comprehensive requirements and dissertation are required for completion.

  • Applicants should have goals directly related to the mission of the program.

  • Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average of less than 3.00 for all prior undergraduate work will not usually be considered for regular admission.

  • Applicants must have a minimum of three years of experience as a professional educator.

  • Candidates must have master’s level education research methods and statistics coursework prior to beginning professional core classes for this program:  MEASRES 6205 (250:205) or HPELS 6290 (440:290) or equivalent and a substantial intro to statistics course, MEASRES 4180/5180 or HPELS 6210 (440:210) or equivalent

  • This program requires 60 semester hours beyond a Master’s Degree.


Graduate College Applications Due February 1

Curriculum and Instruction ISA Requirements:

  1. Professional Common Core 27 hrs

  2. Advanced Professional Studies 27 hrs

Required courses in Curriculum and Instruction Core:

    1. Curriculum and Instruction: (6 credits)

      1. ELEMECML 7352 (210:352) Curriculum Theory and Development

      2. ELEMECML 7354 (210:354) Curriculum Implementation and Evaluation

    2. Curriculum and Instruction Seminar: (3-12 credits)

      1. ELEMECML 7389 (210:389) Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction

    3. Curriculum and Instruction Practicum: (1-4 credits)

      1. ELEMECML 7397 (210:397) Practicum in Curriculum and Instruction

    4. Instructional Technology (choice): (3 credits)

      1. INSTTECH 7340 (240:340) Designing Instructional Systems OR

      2. INSTTECH 6240 (240:340)

  2. Electives (2-14 credits) Electives must be added to reach a total of 27 credits.

  3. Dissertation Research 6 hrs

    1. INTDEPED 7399 (6 credits)

Total Credit Hours for C&I ISA 60 hrs


ISA Applications Due February 1


Doctor of Education Professional Common Core for All Intensive Study Areas


The 27 hours EdD professional common core for all intensive study areas consists of two components: the substantive component and research methods.



Substantive Component:

18 credit hours (3 credits per course)


INTDEPED 7303 (190:303)

Foundations of Inquiry


Evidence-Based Practices, Assessment, Accountability, and Program Evaluation


Leadership in Formal and Informal Learning Environments (OR EDLEAD 7311 or EDLEAD 6245 if taken for an Advanced Studies Certificate in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director)


Organizational and Community Transformation (OR EDLEAD 7325 or EDLEAD 6247 if taken for an Advanced Studies Certificate in Educational Leadership/Special Education Director)


Critical Analysis of Social and Cultural Contexts in Education

INTDEPED 7389 (190:389)

Doctoral Seminar

Research Methods

6 credit hours (3 credits per course)



Inquiry I


Inquiry II

Advanced Methods

3 credit hours (Course choice)


Choose one or more

of the following 3-credit-hour courses:

MEASRES 6270 (250:270)

Educational Program Evaluation

MEASRES 7300 (250:300)

Descriptive Educational Research

MEASRES 7301 (250:301)

Advanced Experimental Research in Education

MEASRES 7310 (250:310)

Advanced Qualitative Methods in Educational Research

Total hours

Professional Common Core



Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Assistantships