The Curriculum and Instruction EdD program is intended for individuals who are engaged in the practice of education in a variety of settings including schools, colleges, universities, businesses and industry. The program prepares students for engaging in the study of practice based problems in education and data driven decision making, to generate real world solutions.
The Doctor of
Education (EdD) program is a professional practice doctorate. It is
problem-based and designed for practitioners who aspire to positions of
influence through their engagement in the development of others. The program
builds that expertise from a core of courses in learning, development and
motivation; data, accountability and leadership; organizational contexts and
the use of research to drive decision-making. Students will work with a team
of faculty and field advisers who will support their specialization area. This
program is intended for professionals who are interested in teaching in a
college, university, or community college, or leading program improvement in a
school or school district, higher education, social service agencies, military
or business settings.
The EdD in Curriculum and Instruction consists of
three distinct program areas, all with emphasis on professional practice:
core, concentration, and capstone. The program requires 21 credit hours of
core courses, 15 credit hours within the chosen concentration area and 18
credit hours of dissertation in practice, including proposal, defense, and
final submission of a dissertation in practice.
|Total Credit Hours Required:|
Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree|
Required Courses—54 Credit Hours
Core—21 Credit Hours
The Core courses include 12
credit hours covering what all graduates of a professional practice doctoral
program should know and be able to do and 9 credit hours of research continuum
designed to identify, analyze and evaluate complex problems of practice.
- EDP 7517 Facilitating Learning, Development and Motivation (3 credit
- EDF 7457 Data, Assessment and Accountability (3 credit
- EDA 7101 Organizational Theory in Education (3 credit
- EDF 7494 Identifying Complex Problems of Practice (3 credit
- EDF 7478 Analysis of Data for Complex Problems of Practice (3
- EDF 7468 Evaluation of Complex Problems of Practice (3
- EDG 7985 Proposing and Implementing Data-Driven Decisions
(3 credit hours)
Concentration—15 Credit Hours
The concentration is comprised of 12 credit hours of specialization courses
and 3 credit hours of "Laboratory of Practice."
select an area of concentration. The concentration courses are designed to
enhance the student's professional practice by extending the knowledge base
earned through the master's degree and work experience. Concentration areas
are subject to the discretion of the College based on course and faculty
availability. Applicants are advised to contact the Program Director regarding
Students must complete one 3-credit-hour "Laboratory
of Practice" experience. The Laboratory of Practice is a field-based
experience. This is not a "work for credit" experience; rather, it places the
student in a professional setting for the purpose of gaining practical
leadership experience. Students may also enroll in an internship designated
by the concentration area as an alternative to the Laboratory of
- EDG 7947 Laboratory of Practice (3 credit hours; may be
repeated for a total of 6 credit hours) Examples of concentration areas are
provided below; however, these are only examples and do not represent
Students should be aware that not every
concentration course is offered every semester and concessions will need to be
considered based on the availability of coursework, faculty, course
prerequisites, and other institutional factors.
Curriculum and Instruction
The Curriculum and Instruction option
provides students with a broad understanding of the factors affecting
education and approaches to addressing systemic problems. For example, a
student interested in curriculum design and development and contemporary
instructional practice may select the following specialization to include:
- EDG 7692 Issues in Curriculum (3 credit hours)
- EDG 7221
Advanced Curriculum Theory (3 credit hours)
- EDF 7232 Analysis of
Learning Theories in Instruction (3 credit hours)
- EDG 7325 Models of
Teaching and Instructional Theory (3 credit hours)
Instructional Design and Technology
- EME 6055 Current Trends in
Instructional Technology (3 credit hours)
- EME 6507 Multimedia for
Education and Training (3 credit hours)
- EME 6417 Interactive Online and
Virtual Teaching Environment (3 credit hours)
- EME 6458 Virtual Teaching
and Digital Education (3 credit hours)
Program milestones are observable demonstrations of competency
administered in place of comprehensive exams. Milestones are designed to
monitor student progress and clear the student for continuation to the next
- Milestone 1 - Gap Analysis
- Milestone 2 -
Problem of Practice Exhibition
- Milestone 3 - Capstone Project Proposal
and Proposal Defense
To enter EDG 7987: Dissertation in Practice
for the EdD, students must have an overall 3.0 GPA on all graduate work in
the program and successfully complete the three required program
Dissertation in Practice—18 Credit Hours
- EDG 7987 Dissertation in Practice (18 credit hours minimum;
repeatable for credit)
The dissertation in practice is the
culmination of coursework and field experience as it relates to complex
problems of education practice. The dissertation is the final demonstration
of competency in the Curriculum and Instruction EdD. It is a rigorous academic
project and is expected to demonstrate the skills and knowledge the student
has acquired throughout the program as applied in an authentic professional
environment. The dissertation is completed in partnership with the student,
university faculty, and the student's mentor/client. It may be a group or
The dissertation in practice is presented in a thorough
and comprehensive written report. It must be appropriately formatted according
to APA 6th edition citation guidelines. The student must present findings to
both university faculty and the student's client. The dissertation in
practice will be evaluated on the thoroughness, applicability and
appropriateness of the work. The project also includes an oral defense and
presentation of the student's program portfolio.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF
graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must
- Official transcript
One official transcript (in
a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
degree in a closely related field.
- Graduate Record Examination
scores and transcripts
Official, competitive GRE score taken within the
last five years.
- The goal statement
The goal statement
should clearly convey the applicant's intended area of concentration,
professional experience, and professional goals after completion of the program.
The admissions committee will review the goal statement to determine whether the
EdD program and applicant are a good match. The goal statement also serves as a sample of the applicant's writing ability for the admissions committee and should thus be clear and concise.
A current professional resume with at least three
to five years of successful professional practice should be submitted with the application.
- Three letters of
Three letters of reference will be read by the admissions
committee to determine whether the applicant has the academic ability to succeed
in the program. The letters of reference should be written by graduate faculty
who are able to judge the applicant's abilities in a doctoral program, including
their research and writing skills. One of the letters should be from the
applicant's employer/supervisor. This letter will support the applicant's
professional experience and commitment to the program.
The application interview is an important way for faculty to attach faces
to names and draw distinctions among applicants. The admissions interview adds
the personal touch to your application. Students in the Ed.D.
program will spend three full years working closely with faculty and colleagues
in both individual and group settings. The interview allows faculty to meet
potential students to begin the process of forming a cohesive and dynamic
- Memorandum of Understanding
Applicants must submit
a Memorandum of Understanding from their current employer/learning organization
here for a copy of this form) or from the client organization with whom the
student will work while in the program (Please click here for a
copy of this form). The MOU serves as an understanding of the applicant's
commitment to the EdD program as well as the agreement to work with and support
the student while in the program. This document is not required prior to
acceptance to the program, but will be required prior to the start of the
Laboratory of Practice.
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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.