Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

Feed your intellectual curiosity, develop research skills, and build your leadership potential in our Ph.D. program which will prepare you for university-level positions in academia, research institutes, or think tanks.

Courses focus on a wide range of topics important to education professionals, including curriculum, instruction, diversity, policy, and research. Our flexible degree program encourages you to work closely with our expert faculty to develop a customized coursework plan. You can take classes across the Morgridge College of Education, as well as the entire University, opening up your course selection to meet your particular interests.


The program learning outcomes for the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction are as follows:

  • Inclusive Excellence: Create systems of empowerment to improve educational outcomes for diverse students, families, and communities, especially those who are or have been marginalized.
  • Research: Critically analyze and conduct rigorous research to address educational inequities.
  • Leadership & Advocacy: Act as an agent of change.
  • Curriculum: Design, implement, and evaluate curriculum that supports learning for all students.
  • Instruction: Design, implement, and evaluate effective and equitable instructional practices.
  • Assessment: Design, implement, and evaluate assessments to guide instruction and improve student learning.
Program Requirements

You’ll need to complete 90-quarter credit hours. Of these quarter credit hours, 18 must be cognate courses in a specialization area. You must also complete a:

  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation project that challenges and contributes to scholarship in education, with a focus on curriculum and instruction
Approximate Completion Time

Four to seven years


Department Chair
Dr. Rashida Banerjee
303-871-6597, KRH 245

Academic Services Associate
Kara Duggan

Admissions Contact
Noah Schlueter
303-871-2509, KRH 110
Office Hours: By appointment only

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