The Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED) (2009a, 2009b) summarizes the purpose of the diverse programs that lead to a doctoral degree in education as: “The professional doctorate in education prepares educators for the application of appropriate
and specific practices, the generation of new knowledge, and for the stewardship of the profession.” More specifically, high-quality doctoral programs in education:
The Doctor of Education (DEd) in Curriculum and Instruction is a graduate program intended for teacher/scholars who have demonstrated distinguished achievement as practitioners or administrators in the field of education. The DEd is a professional degree
conferred upon candidates who have demonstrated the ability to function effectively in the role of teacher educator in college and university settings and have a commitment to the professional development of preservice and inservice teachers. Successful
completion of the Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction signifies that program graduates function effectively as teacher/scholars who understand and apply educational theory, demonstrate competence in curriculum evaluation, fulfill the role of teacher
educator committed to working with diverse populations, and conduct independent research that makes a significant contribution to the field of education.
The program leading to a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is an applied sequence of courses, experiences, and research for individuals who are seeking to pursue careers in higher education or to become curriculum experts and professional
development specialists in public, private, and independent schools.
Those who earn the DEd in Curriculum and Instruction are expected to master four areas:
The program intends to prepare doctoral program graduates who will:
The degree awarded to students who successfully complete all of the requirements for the degree is the Doctorate in Education (DEd) in Curriculum and Instruction.
The program consists of a minimum of 60 semester‑hour credits beyond the master’s degree. To the extent that the master’s degree program differs from what the Doctoral Screening Committee considers to be a sufficient background for doctoral-level courses
in education, the exact number of courses required for completion of the degree may be higher than the 60-credit minimum. Decisions about additional coursework will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Doctoral Screening Committee and the departmental
chairperson and communicated to the student prior to enrollment in the DEd Program in Curriculum and Instruction.
Full-time (three years to complete required courses) is defined as a course load of nine credits in the fall and spring semesters and at least six credits in the summers of years one and two. During the fall and spring semesters at the
Indiana campus, required courses are taken on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. along with the part-time cohort, while the remaining three credits are scheduled at other times during the week. Courses in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg include a mixture
of Saturday and online classes. Summer classes in Indiana typically follow a Friday/Saturday format from mid-June through the last week of July, and classes in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh include a mixture of Saturday and online classes.
Part-time (four years to complete required courses) is defined as six credits in the fall, spring, and summer semesters of years one to three. It takes four years to complete the coursework and register for the 60 credits. Part-time study
is designed as an option for students who seek to retain their full-time employment. During the fall and spring semesters at the Indiana campus, the required courses meet on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Courses in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg
include a mixture of Saturday and online classes. Summer classes in Indiana typically follow a Friday/Saturday format from mid-June through the last week of July, and classes in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh include a mixture of Saturday and online classes.
The six credits of electives are scheduled in the evenings or during the summer.
The amount of time that doctoral candidates will take to complete the dissertation varies considerably. However, coursework will be completed in three to four years.
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