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Atlanta Doctor of Education (EdD) in Curriculum and Instruction Courses & Admissions Requirements

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Admissions Requirements

  • A master's degree in education or an aligned field from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Education, or an appropriately certified foreign institution
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) in work leading to the master's degree and in any subsequent graduate study
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."
  • An initial teaching certificate and/or current experience working in the P-12 setting with students
  • A criminal background check or fingerprint check
     –OR–
  • Submission of evidence (typically a copy of a teaching certificate/license) of current criminal background or fingerprint check

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form
  • Official transcripts from the institution that conferred the master's degree and any institutions where graduate coursework was subsequently taken. Bachelor's level transcripts are not required.
  • Prior to matriculation applicants will be required to submit a personal/professional goal statement (the statement is used for advisement purposes and does not become part of the academic file).

Graduation Requirements


Students are eligible for graduation from the EdD in Curriculum and Instruction degree program when the following requirements are met:

  • Satisfactory completion of all requirements in the program of study developed in consultation with the advisor
  • Satisfactory completion of 60 credit hours beyond the master's degree that includes
    • 21 credit hours of core courses
    • 12 credit hours of research courses
    • 3 credit hours of elective courses
    • 12 credit hours of concentration courses
    • 12 credit hours of doctoral research courses 
  • A minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0), and a grade of "B-" or better in all required courses.
  • Satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination
  • Successful completion and defense of the Doctoral Research Project
  • Completion of these requirements within seven years of matriculation into the program
  • A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration

Program Requirements


Students enrolled in the EdD in Curriculum and Instruction degree program are required to complete 60 credit hours distributed as follows: core course requirements, 21 credit hours; research requirements, 12 credit hours; elective requirements, 3 credit hours; concentration requirements, 12 credit hours; doctoral research requirements, 12 credit hours.

Course List

Core Course Requirements

Students enrolled in the EdD in Curriculum and Instruction degree program complete seven core courses (21 credit hours).

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

E7134 - Comprehensive Planning and Implementation
(3)

(3)

E7331 - Curriculum Theory and Design
(3)

(3)

E7410 - Critical Analysis of Trends and Policy: Power and Privilege
(3)

(3)

E7412 - Advanced Educational Psychology
(3)

(3)

E7803 - Instructional Design
(3)

(3)

E7834 - Writing for Research and Professional Publications
(3)

(3)

W7000 - Advanced Academic Study and Writing
(3)

(3)

Core Course Requirements—21 Credit Hours

 

Research Requirements

Students enrolled in the EdD in Curriculum and Instruction degree program are required to take four research courses (12 credit hours).

Research Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

R7001 - Introduction to Research Methods
(3)

(3)

R7031 - Methods and Analysis of Quantitative Research
(3)

(3)

R7035 - Methods and Analysis of Qualitative Research
(3)

(3)

Students Choose One of the Following

 

R7036 - Program Evaluation Methods
(3)

(3)  

R7037 - Survey Techniques
(3)

(3)  

R7038 - Applied Research
(3)

(3)

R7040 - Advanced Qualitative Methods
(3)

(3)

Research Requirements—12 Credit Hours

 

Elective Requirements

Students enrolled in the EdD in Curriculum and Instruction degree program choose one elective course (3 credit hours).

Elective Requirements—Students Choose One of the Following

 

E7414 - Teaching and Learning Theories
(3)

(3)

E7416 - Organizational Communication Systems
Elective Requirements - 3 Credit Hours

 

Elective Requirements - 3 Credit Hours

(3)

(3)

Concentration Requirements

Students enrolled in the EdD in Curriculum and Instruction degree program complete four concentration courses (12 credit hours):

Concentration Requirements – Students are required to take the following:
E7418 - Response to Intervention
(3)

(3)

E7422 - Data Informed Decision-Making I (Elementary and Secondary—Classroom Level)
(3)

(3)

E7462 - Assessment for the Classroom Teacher
(3)

(3)

E7464 - Understanding and Communicating Assessment Data
(3)

(3)

Concentration Requirements - 12 Credit Hours

 

Concentration Requirements - 12 Credit Hours

 

Doctoral Qualifying Examination

Students are required to successfully complete a Doctoral Qualifying Examination (DQE) that focuses on the learner outcomes that are associated with the required core courses of their programs. Students must take the DQE the session after successfully completing all required core courses and must pass it within three sessions of successfully completing all required core courses.

Doctoral Research Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Upon successful completion of the prerequisite coursework and the doctoral qualifying exam (DQE), students enroll in doctoral research courses. To progress through each doctoral research course, students must successfully complete specified course objectives. If all objectives of the course are successfully met, students will earn a PR grade, permitting them to enroll in the next doctoral research course as outlined in the course sequence of their program of study. If objectives of a doctoral research course are substantively but not fully met (67% completed) by the end of the course (as determined by the research mentors) students will earn a grade of Incomplete Progressing (IP) for the course and must complete an IP contract outlining a plan for completion of the remaining course objectives. Students must successfully complete all remaining course objectives by the due date specified in the IP contract before enrollment is permitted in the next doctoral research course. If little to no progress has been made in a doctoral research course (less than 67% of the course objectives were successfully completed) or the IP contract is not successfully fulfilled within the specified timeframe, students will earn a grade of No Credit (NC). Students who earn a grade of NC in a doctoral research course are required to retake the course. A student may only receive any combination of two NC, W, or WF grades in doctoral research courses. Upon receiving the third NC, W, or WF grade in a doctoral research course, the student will be dismissed from the program. Published course objectives for each doctoral research course apply unless the student and research mentors agree to and confirm in writing alternative specified objectives more appropriate for a particular doctoral research topic. Students must fulfill the prerequisites of each doctoral research course before enrollment is permitted.

Doctoral Research Requirements - Students Are Required to Take the Following
DR8801-A - Doctoral Research I - A
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8801-B - Doctoral Research I - B
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8802-A - Doctoral Research II - A
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8802-B - Doctoral Research II - B
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8803-A - Doctoral Research III - A
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8803-B - Doctoral Research III - B
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8804-A - Doctoral Research IV - A
(1.5)

(1.5)

DR8804-B - Doctoral Research IV - B
(1.5)

(1.5)

Doctoral Research Requirements - 12 Credit Hours

Doctoral Research Requirements - 12 Credit Hours


DISCLAIMER(S)
The programs offered through Argosy University, Atlanta College of Education DO NOT lead to teacher or administrator certification, licensure, or endorsement in any State in the United States. Further, due to recent rule changes by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC), students must meet program completion deadlines and rules issued by the PSC in order to be eligible for possible certification upgrade.

The programs offered through Argosy University, Online Programs DO NOT lead to teacher or administrator certification, licensure, or endorsement in Illinois regardless of the State in which the student resides.

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