Jan 28, 2021  
2020-2021 General Catalog 
2020-2021 General Catalog

Education - EdD

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Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Education, Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction, and EdD

Faculty: Faculty are listed with participating programs and departments (e.g., School of Teacher Education and Leadership, and Agricultural Systems Technology and Education Department)

Degrees offered: Doctorate of Education (EdD)

Graduate specialization: Curriculum and Instruction

Admission Requirements

For admission information, contact: Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Utah State University, 0900 Old Main Hill, Logan UT 84322-0900; telephone (435) 797-1189; FAX (435) 797-1192; or visit: http://www.usu.edu/graduateschool/

To be evaluated against established criteria, students must submit to the School of Graduate Studies at Utah State University an Application for Admission along with the following:

  1. 1. A copy of transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate credits from all colleges or universities attended. An average grade of B (3.0) or better is required during the last two years of undergraduate work and for all graduate work.
  2. 2. Three letters of recommendation (required). At least two of these letters should come from individuals who can evaluate the student’s academic abilities. All letters should address the student’s potential for successful graduate study.
  3. 3. Documentation of a master’s degree in education or a closely related field.
  4. 4. An official report of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  5. 5. A statement of purpose essay (500 words).

Applicants to the Curriculum and Instruction PhD and EdD degrees must have two years of teaching experience.

General Information About Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction (C & I)

The Doctorate of Education (EdD) program is not currently accepting students. 

Planned Program

To complete a doctorate degree, a minimum of 60 total credits is required for students with a master’s degree, and a minimum of 90 total credits is required for students without a master’s degree. A student must:

  1. 1. Complete a Unifying Curriculum and Instruction Program of Studies Core (12-15 semester credits) and a Research Methods Core (12 semester credits).
  2. 2. Complete a planned program of supporting electives, as approved by the student’s supervisory committee.
  3. 3. Pass a written comprehensive examination. This exam must be satisfactorily completed before the student advances to candidacy. Advancement to candidacy also requires an approved dissertation proposal.
  4. 4. Complete and satisfactorily defend a doctoral research study directed and judged by a supervisory committee of faculty.
  5. 5. Complete all final requirements, as specified by the Curriculum and Instruction specialization, the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, and the School of Graduate Studies. 


Financial Assistance

Students should contact department heads for all inquiries regarding assistantships and tuition waivers. Applications for University assistantships, fellowships, and all financial aid are processed through department offices. For a listing of fellowships and scholarships, see the Graduate Financial Assistance   section of this catalog.

Career Opportunities

The doctoral specialization prepares education leaders for positions as college and university researchers and teachers in education and education-related fields. Recipients of the doctorate degree are also prepared to conduct and direct research and development activities in public or private educational agencies or in the corporate sector; teach in community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities; serve as supervisors and curriculum specialists in public or private educational institutions and settings; and serve in a variety of other careers.

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