2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 24, 2024  
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [Archived]

Curriculum and Instruction Ph.D. (CIMT)

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(72 credits minimum)

The program leading to the doctor of philosophy degree in curriculum and instruction is designed to prepare students for positions of educational leadership and research in public schools, colleges and universities, and governmental agencies. The program requires the student to successfully complete a minimum of 72 credits of graduate work beyond the bachelor’s degree and to write and defend a doctoral dissertation as prescribed in the regulations of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. The areas of specialization are secondary education, elementary education, early childhood education, English education, history education, industrial technology education, educational technology, mathematics education, language education, teaching and learning, and special education.

Admission Requirements

A student must satisfy all general regulations of the College of Education and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies as stated elsewhere in this Catalog. An additional admission criterion for the doctor of philosophy in curriculum and instruction requires the applicant to have a grade point average of 3.5 or above on all  graduate work attempted.

It must not be assumed that meeting minimal standards guarantees admission to the program.

The admissions committee must have the following before an admission decision will be made:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Letters of recommendation from at least five persons who know the prospective student in a personal, and/or academic, and/or professional capacity.
  3. One official transcript from each school at which any undergraduate or graduate work has been done.  
  4. Scores on Graduate Record Examination General Tests (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical).
  5. International students must also comply with the required TOEFL score requirements as stated in the Catalog.  Requests to complete Interlink in lieu of TOEFL scores will be considered only on the basis of submitted scores on the Graduate Record Examination Tests.

In most cases the admissions committee may require the applicant to appear for a personal interview and to present evidence  of his or her ability to write acceptable prose under controlled conditions.

Research Tool Proficiency

All doctoral students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in appropriate research tools. Consult with the program coordinator or department chairperson for additional information on this program’s research tool requirement.

Admission to Candidacy

Students may apply for admission to candidacy after any provisions or conditions that may have been attached to admission to the program have been removed. Additionally, all the standards of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies must be met. Refer to that section of this Catalog for details.


A student whose grade point average drops below 3.5 will be placed on probation, suspended from graduate study, or dismissed from the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. The dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, in accordance with the regulations of the department and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, will make decisions in such matters. A student who is suspended from graduate study or dismissed from the College of Graduate and Professional Studies may request a review of the case by the Graduate Student Appeals Committee of the Graduate Council.


An acceptable dissertation on a topic or problem relating to the student’s area of specialization is required for completion of degree requirements.

Time Limitation

Generally, the doctor of philosophy must be completed within a total of nine years after admission to the program and within six years after admission to candidacy for the degree.

Degree Requirements:

A. Foundational Studies (6 credits minimum):

To develop competencies through understanding of contributions from philosophical, sociological, historical, and psychological foundations of education.


    Doctoral level foundations course: 3 credits

    Foundations specific electives: 3 credits

B. Inquiry Studies (12 credits minimum):

To develop competency in statistics, measurement, and research in education.

Choose one from the following groups:

C. Core Area—Curriculum and Instruction (24 credits minimum):

To provide the knowledge and understanding essential to every specialist in curriculum, instruction, and supervision.

D. Area of Concentration (24 credits minimum):

To enable the student to develop either (a) further specialization in curriculum, instruction, or supervision, or (b) a specialized program emphasizing an academic area as appears below. If a course or set of courses is required, that notation appears with the area of concentration.

  • Early childhood Education
  • Educational Technology
  • Elementary Education
  • English Education
  • History Education
  • Industrial Technology Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Language Education

Special Education Concentration

The concentration in special education requires 24 graduate credits in the field of special education. Students will take 12 credits from:

English Education Concentration

A balance of course work in the three main subdivisions of English studies (literature, language, composition/rhetoric) is required in this area. Five courses in the Department of English provide students with an overview of English studies: English 601A, 635, 685A, 685B, and 685C. Other English course requirements in this area are broadly defined, allowing students to specialize in composition or an area of literature.

History Education Concentration

Courses in the area of application must include at least one two-course sequence (6 credits) from Section 1, a minimum of 3 credits (History 650 required) and a maximum of 9 credits from Section 2, a minimum of 3 credits from Section 3, and a minimum of 3 credits from Section 4.

Section 1
a. History 620, Proseminar: The United States-3 hrs., and History 621, Seminar: The United States-3 credits
b. History 660, Proseminar: Modern Europe-3 hrs., and History 661, Seminar: Modern Europe-3 credits
c. History 670, Proseminar: The Wider World-3 hrs., and History 671, Seminar: The Wider World-3 credits

Section 2
a. History 650, Historical Method and Theory-3 credits
b. Social Sciences 604, Improving Social Science Instruction-2-3 credits
c. Social Sciences 605, Seminar in Social Studies Education-1-6 credits
d. Social Sciences 606, Social Studies Curriculum-2-3 credits
e. Social Sciences 607, Instructional Materials in Social Studies-2-3 credits
f. Social Sciences 608, Readings in Social Science Education-1-3 credits

Section 3
a. History 622, Seminar on Popular Movements in the United States I-3 credits
b. History 623, Proseminar: Topics in United States History-3 credits
c. History 690, History Workshop-1-6 credits
d. History 695, Readings in History-2-3 credits

Section 4
a. History 720, Major Issues in United States History-3 credits
b. History 782, Major Issues in World History-3 credits

Language Education Concentration

Course requirements in this area are broadly defined, allowing students to specialize in any area of language education.

E. Related Studies (0-6 credits):

Courses from content areas may be selected to enhance special competencies in the area of specialization. Independent study, field experiences, and internship assignments are utilized in this program as a means for achieving thorough preparation and competence. The final program for each student is cooperatively developed by the student, the advisor, and the doctoral committee.

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