Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction

Prepare for a leadership position in many educational industries.

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Curriculum & Instruction, Ed.D. Overview

The University of West Florida’s fully online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to prepare you for leadership roles by providing learning and enrichment in the areas of diversity, quantitative and qualitative research, educational theory and philosophy, educational technology and multicultural education.

Through rigorous coursework taught by experienced educators, you will gain familiarity with the professional literature and understand issues in education, assessment, data-driven decision making and accountability measures. You will also develop research, professional writing, presentation, evaluation, teaching and public service skills. By evaluating and applying extant research, you will be able to develop and utilize appropriate tools and methods to assess and evaluate educational policy and practices. Ultimately, graduates will use technology appropriately and effectively to communicate with the public, peers, students, researchers and supervisors.

The Administration and Leadership Studies Specialization focuses on educational systems, change theory, leadership theory, and professional ethics.

The Curriculum and Assessment specialization targets individuals currently working in public and private sectors who want to specialize in curriculum and assessment design, development, evaluation and program implementation.

Completion of this program does not lead to Educational Leadership Certification, which is a requirement for school principals in the state of Florida.

Candidates for This Program Include:

  • Education and training professionals
  • Community college, state college and university personnel
  • Social and health-related personnel
  • Community civic leaders

You Will Be Able To:

  • Assume administrative, higher education and other leadership positions
  • Evaluate the applicability and utility of available assessment tools
  • Create curriculum and instruction frameworks or protocols for real-world situations
  • Apply salient professional ethics to the implementation of research and assessment
  • Communicate results from original research and assessment to varied audiences in oral and written form utilizing appropriate conventions
  • Develop and implement strategies to manage educational and organizational change based upon extant literature and results obtained from original research, assessment or evaluation

The University of West Florida is a member institution of the Carnegie Project for the Education Doctorate (CPED). This selective membership includes colleges and universities committed to undertaking a critical examination on the education doctorate through dialog, experimentation, critical feedback, and evaluation.