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.

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:

  • Qualifying portfolio
  • 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. Cynthia Hazel
303-871-2961, KRH 256

Academic Services Associate
Kara Duggan

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

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