Curriculum and Leadership (EdD) - Curriculum Track

Program of Study

Research Area
EDUF 8126Introduction to Statistical Methods in Education3
EDUF 8117Qualitative Research Methods3
EDUF 8127Quantitative Experimental Research3
Choose One:3
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
Mixed Methods Research in Education
Advanced and Multivariate Statistical Methods
Survey and Questionnaire Design
EDUF 8701Doctoral Seminar I1
EDUF 8702Doctoral Seminar II1
EDUF 8703Doctoral Seminar III1
Research Area Total15
Dissertation Area
EDUF 8129Developing the Dissertation Prospectus3
EDUF 8999The Dissertation9
EDUF 8996Prospectus Defense0
EDUF 8998Proposal Defense0
EDUF 8000Ed.D. Dissertation Defense0
Dissertation Area Total12
Elective Area
12 Hours of Advisor-Approved 8000-level Electives
Elective Area Total12
Curriculum and Instruction Area
EDCI 8115Diversity in Education3
EDCI 8116Trends and Issues in Curriculum Studies3
EDCI 8117Professional Development and Learning3
EDCI 8157Quality Assessment and Evaluation3
EDCI 8167Curriculum Development and Reform3
EDCI 8177Curriculum Design and Evaluation3
EDCI 8187Applications of Neurological Research to Student Learning3
EDCI 8555Selected Topics in Education3
Specialization Area24
Total Credit Hours63

Admissions decisions are based on a holistic combination of criteria, including the interview, writing assessment, recommendations, professional experiences and academic transcripts. 

  • Applicant must hold at least a master’s degree from an accredited United States institution, or the equivalent from an international institution.
  • Good academic standing at previous institution(s).
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on all graduate course work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirement for a graduate degree and post-baccalaureate coursework.
  • Four (4) years of experience in a school setting or in a leadership role in the private sector shown by completing the Teaching Experience Form
  • Background check to verify no criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for related teacher, counseling, or leadership certifications.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two (2) professional letters of recommendation.
  • Successful completion of interview and timed writing assessment.
  • For international students, additional criteria may be required.  See International Graduate Admissions for more details.

Additional Program Requirements

  • Completion of all required EdD coursework (i.e., minimum of 63 semester hours and a minimum of 51 semester hours in residence) with a 3.25 GPA and no more than one grade of C applying toward the degree (i.e., good academic standing).
  • Appointment of an approved EdD dissertation committee.
  • Approval of the Dissertation Prospectus by the EdD Dissertation Committee.
  • Approval of the Dissertation Proposal by the EdD Dissertation Committee.
  • Met all program requirements (i.e., successful defense of final dissertation and approval of final dissertation publication by the EdD Dissertation Committee, Director of Doctoral Program in Education, Director of COEHP Office of Graduate Studies, Dean of COEHP, and CSU Library).
  • Maintained continuous enrollment in EDUF 8999 The Dissertation until completion of the EdD dissertation.