Curriculum and Instruction


Degrees Offered


The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction is a research degree designed to prepare the student to become a scholar who can discover, integrate, and apply knowledge, as well as communicate and disseminate it. The intent of the program is to prepare the student to make a significant original contribution to knowledge in a specialized field.

Through your time in—and through your completion of—the curriculum and instruction graduate program, you will:

  • Be able to critically analyze social, historical, psychological, personal and policy factors in the development and current practices of curriculum and instruction
  • Acquire an understanding of the research processes within the field of curriculum and instruction including practical design, analysis and reporting
  • Understand how to use historical, correlational, descriptive and experimental methods within research in curriculum and instruction
  • Be able to critically analyze and evaluate research reports within the field
  • Be able to prepare scholarly, research-based reports and presentations related to the field

This program will consider applicants for conditional letters of admission (CLA’s) pending successful completion of an approved English as a Second Language (ESL) program. More information can be found on the Conditional Language Admission page.


More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


Program of Study

The program will prepare you in one of the following education specialty concentrations: Mathematics Education, Science Education, Social Studies and Educational Foundations, and Early Childhood Education. These areas provide a general structure of course work selections and research emphases. However, you are encouraged to work with faculty to design programs uniquely fitted to your areas of interest.

The program of study for the degree is determined by the student’s advisory committee. Every doctoral student must satisfy all requirements of the Graduate School as well as requirements in course work, internships, the comprehensive exam, the dissertation proposal, and oral defense of the dissertation as directed by the student’s advisory committee. Doctoral students in Curriculum and Instruction must maintain a B average in all graduate work. The degree usually requires a minimum of 65 semester hours beyond the master’s degree selected from the areas prescribed by the requirements of the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.


The College of Education has four specialized computer labs for instruction and a curriculum lab with a host of curriculum materials. In addition, faculty members and students are supported by the South Carolina Center of Excellence for Instructional Technology Training. Among the College of Education’s centers and collaboratives are the following:

  • Call Me MISTER
  • Center of Excellence for Innovation in Mathematics and Science (CEIMS)
  • Community Counseling Clinic
  • Goal-oriented Performance in Out of School Time (GoalPOST)
  • International Center for Service-Learning and Teacher Education
  • Reading Recovery
  • Professional Development Schools
  • SC Center of Excellence for Digital Media & Learning
  • Upstate Writing Project
  • University Center of Greenville
  • Network for Educational Renewal

Our Students

You will be mentored such that you will develop skills in undergraduate teaching, grant writing and professional presenting and publishing.

With their PhDs, graduates typically go on to teach or do research in teacher preparation programs in higher education.


Required Documents


The College of Education has a variety of graduate assistantships offered and it is a competitive process. Assistantships are not rewarded in conjunction with our admission process but based on the accepted applicant pool. If you are interested in a particular assistantship we would encourage you to apply as early as possible to be considered for all assistantships offered. 

These positions are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the position supervisor.

There are typically a number of grant-funded assistantships, as well as several teaching assistantships for students enrolled in the program. The program strives to support any student who wishes to attend full time. Assistantships are for at least $15,000 per year and include a tuition waiver.


Program Contact(s)

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