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Curriculum and Instruction Doctorate (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for advanced students who seek a focus on educational research and scholarship in local, national, or international settings. Through their research specialization, graduates contribute their expertise as faculty in careers in higher education, positions in research organizations, or other settings that require educational research.

Additional information can be found in the Program Booklet (PDF).

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Course Delivery: Manhattan Campus; Some programs and courses available Online
Tuition Information: See the Cashiers and Student Accounts website for tuition and fee schedules.
Graduate Assistantships: See the College of Education Graduate Assistantships page for detailed information and application procedures about graduate assistantships available in the College of Education.

Start the Application Process

For more information about the Curriculum and Instruction Ph.D. Program, contact Dr. Kay Ann Taylor at ktaylor@k-state.edu or 785-532-6974.

Additional Program Information

Credit Hour Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction requires a minimum of 90 post-baccalaureate, graduate credit hours. With the approval of the supervisory committee, up to 30 graduate hours earned as part of the Master’s degree may be used to satisfy the degree requirements.

Please see the Graduate Catalog description.

Area of Emphasis (54 hours)
  • A Theory Course (3 credit hours)
    • Possible courses include:
      • EDCI 907 – Curriculum Theory (This course is offered in the fall of odd years.)
      • Or a theory course in the content field (e.g., EDCI 818 – Theoretical Models of Reading)
      • Or a theory course approved by the advisor
  • Courses with the EDCI prefix (12 credit hours)
    • A minimum of 12 credit hours of the post-master’s credits on the Ph.D. Program of Study must designate the EDCI prefix at the 800 or 900 course level. Research credits (EDCI 999) and internship credits (EDCI 991) may not be applied to the 12 credit hour minimum.
  • Courses in the major and minor area (42 credit hours)
    • EDCI 991 internship credits may not be applied to the PhD Program of Study.
Foundations of Education (3 credit hours)
  • Possible courses include:
    • EDCI 812 – History of Education
    • EDCI 813 – Philosophies of Education
Research Courses (15 credit hours)

Programs of Study must include quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
Possible courses include:

  • EDCI 912 – Historical Research in Education (offered alternate even years in the Fall)
  • EDCEP 817 – Statistical Methods in Education
  • EDCEP 819 – Survey Research
  • EDCEP 917 – Experimental Design in Educational Research
  • EDLEA 838 – Qualitative Research in Education
  • EDLEA 938 – Advanced Data Analysis in Qualitative Methods
  • EDLEA 948 – Data Representation and Writing in Qualitative Research
  • Note: EDCEP 816 – Research Methods or its equivalent is considered a prerequisite for the 15 hours of research in the PhD program. Also, EDCI 760 – Action Research in Education cannot be included in the 15-hour research course requirement.
Doctoral Research (18 credit hours minimum; no more than 30 hours)
  • EDCI 999 – Research in Curriculum and Instruction
Preliminary examination

Satisfactory completion of all segments of an examination over all areas of the program of study.

Dissertation research (18 credit hours minimum; no more than 30 credit hours)

Completion of a dissertation which examines a topic congruent with the program of study using a systematic methodology consistent with accepted research paradigms; the dissertation must be successfully defended in a public, oral defense.

  • EDCI 999 – Research in Curriculum and Instruction

Admission Requirements

Admission to graduate study is granted by the Dean of the Graduate School upon the recommendation of the faculty in the graduate program. Applicants seeking admission to this degree program must submit the information noted below. Before starting the online application, gather all information and documents for all of the admission requirements so that they can be uploaded into the application system. All materials must be received before review will begin.

  1. A Completed Online Graduate School Application. (Follow the prompts for completing the application process.)

    Application Deadlines
    The Graduate School application and all additional documentation must be received by the following deadline dates for admission in a particular semester. Domestic applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, however, the deadlines indicated will expedite considerations.
    • Domestic Students
      • Fall Semester enrollment – March 1
      • Spring Semester enrollment – October 1
      • Summer Semester enrollment – February 1
    • International Students
      • Fall Semester enrollment – January 1
      • Spring Semester enrollment – August 1
      • Summer Semester enrollment – December 1
  2. Graduate School Application Fee
    • Domestic Students A $65 application fee is required for all domestic students; your application will not be processed without this fee. The fee can be paid by credit card when completing the online application.
    • International Students A $75 application fee is required; your application will not be processed without this fee. The fee can be paid by credit card when completing the online application.
  3. Transcripts
    • You must upload into the online application system a scanned PDF copy of the transcript(s) from each college or university where you received your bachelor's degree(s) and completed any post-baccalaureate course work or degrees. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
    • If you are admitted, the Graduate School will contact you to submit an official transcript for GPA and degree conferral verification from the institution(s) where you received your degree(s) and completed any post-baccalaureate credits.
    • Students whose transcripts are not in English must furnish a translation by an appropriate authority. Failure to list any colleges or universities attended may result in dismissal from the university.
  4. Statement of Goals and Professional Experience
    • You must upload into the online application system a 1-2 page statement that includes the following information:
      • Career and professional goals and aspirations, and how being accepted to the program will benefit the goals and aspirations
      • Your intended area of emphasis in the program
      • Any research interests
      • A description of your work experience within education or a related field (e.g., past and present employment)
      • Future professional plans (e.g., Upon completion of the degree, do you plan to stay in your current position? If not, what type of position would you like to seek?)
      • Do you plan to complete classes as a part-time or full-time student? If a full-time student, do you intend to seek graduate assistantship? Which semester would you begin?
      • If you have a request for a certain advisor, indicate that preference in the statement.
  5. Letters of Recommendation
    • Three letters of recommendation are needed from college or university educators and/or colleagues or supervisors who are qualified to address your professional skills and your potential for success in the graduate program. Enter the names and email addresses of the recommenders in the appropriate area in the online application.
  6. Resume
    • You must upload into the online application a professional resume that includes previous academic degrees, past and present employment, other professional activities and roles, and other pertinent information.
  7. Writing Sample
    • You must upload into the online application a writing sample that is original and independently written in English. A writing sample may be a research or practice paper written for a previous graduate course, a published article, or other writing for an academic audience (no more than 20 pages).
  8. Interview
    • An interview with faculty members in the area of emphasis may be requested before an admission decision is made.
  • English Language Proficiency
    • To demonstrate competence in the English language, an official report of scores not more than 18 months old (see the Graduate School website for dates) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System – academic exam (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) must be sent to Kansas State University for all applicants whose primary language is not English. Enter your scores in the online application and upload the report of your scores.
    • Learn more about English proficiency requirements

International applicants must meet the same academic standards for admission as those required of domestic students. When applying for admission, documentation of English language proficiency must be provided with your uploaded application materials. Detailed information about these issues is provided at the Graduate School's International Students web page.

The Review Process

After completing the online graduate application (this includes paying the application fee and uploading all additional documentation that is required), the graduate program to which the student is applying will review the application and make an admission recommendation to the Graduate School. The Graduate School reviews the application and the recommendation from the department. The Graduate School then sends an official decision letter to the applicant.

Nondegree Status

In some cases, a student may wish to take a course(s) prior to being admitted in a degree program. In these cases, a person must be admitted as a nondegree student (sometimes referred to as special students). No more than nine credit hours earned as a special student may be applied toward an advanced degree. However, successful completion of any hours taken as a nondegree seeking student does not guarantee admission into the program. Nondegree students are not eligible for financial assistance. A faculty advisor is not assigned to nondegree students.

Advisor and Supervisory Committee

Once admitted to the program by the Graduate School, an advisor is assigned. The advisor assists the student in selecting the courses to be taken in the doctoral degree. The Program of Study with the list of courses is submitted to the Graduate School upon completion of nine hours (part-time students) or during the second semester (full-time students). The student’s program is directed by a minimum of four members of the graduate faculty, including a major professor with substantial expertise in the area of emphasis, two other faculty members with strengths in the area of emphasis, and one faculty member outside the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Individualized Program

Each student’s program of study is individualized with the approval of the major professor and the supervisory committee to optimize the student’s interests, expertise, and professional goals.

Doctoral Areas of Emphasis and Faculty in Each Area

Nine doctoral areas of emphasis are available. The list includes faculty members who can serve as advisors for doctoral students and serve as members of doctoral supervisory committees. Faculty members who can serve as advisors for doctoral students are marked with an asterisk (*).

  • Career and Technical Education (Agriculture, Business, Family and Consumer Sciences Education)
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Educational Technology
  • Language (ESL)/Diversity/Multicultural/Social Justice Education
  • Literacy Education (Reading/Language Arts)
  • Mathematics Education
  • Science/Environmental Education
  • Social Science Education
  • Teacher Education (General)
Graduate Faculty Contact
Research and Academic Interest
Career and Technical Education
(Agriculture, Business, Family and Consumer Sciences)
Janine Duncan *
785-532-7685
duncanjm@k-state.edu
Family and consumer sciences/family and consumer sciences education; career and technical education; teacher education
Gaea Hock *
785-532-1166
ghock@k-state.edu
Agriculture education
Jonathan Ulmer *
785-532-1250
julmer@k-state.edu
Agriculture education; improving STEM education in agricultural classrooms; survey methodology; cognitive discourse
Shannon Washburn *
785-532-1250
swg@k-state.edu
Agriculture education; teacher professional development; teacher career stages/retention; multidisciplinary curriculum development
Curriculum Studies
J. Spencer Clark *
785-532-5716
jspencerclark@k-state.edu
Curriculum; teacher education; social studies education
Kay Ann Taylor *
785-532-6974
ktaylor@k-state.edu
Historical, philosophical, and comparative studies; multicultural education; critical race theory; postcolonial theory; social justice
Educational Technology
Deepak Subramony *
785-532-6737
deepak7@k-state.edu
Technology integration into teaching and learning; equitable access to educational technology; social/cultural impact of educational technology; social/cultural foundations of education; systemic change; case study; ethnographic research methods
Language (ESL)/Diversity/Multicultural/Social Justice Education
J. Spencer Clark *
785-532-5716
jspencerclark@k-state.edu
Curriculum; teacher education; social studies education
Socorro Herrera *
785-532-3833
sococo@k-state.edu
ESL studies; diversity
Tonnie Martinez
785-532-2962
tonnie@k-state.edu
ESL; language arts
Leah McKeeman
785-532-5512
leahmac@k-state.edu
Content area literacy education; new literacies; world language education; second language acquisition
Kevin Murry *
785-532-2125
xmas@k-state.edu
ESL studies; diversity education
Della Perez
785-532-6375
dperez@k-state.edu
ESL studies
Kay Ann Taylor *
785-532-6974
ktaylor@k-state.edu
Historical, philosophical, and comparative studies; multicultural education; critical race theory; postcolonial theory; social justice
Literacy Education (Reading/Language Arts)
Lori Goodson
785-532-3597
lagoodson@k-state.edu
 
Todd Goodson *
785-532-5898
tgoodson@k-state.edu
Composition; literature; language study in secondary schools
Socorro Herrera *
785-532-3833
sococo@k-state.edu
ESL studies; diversity
Lotta Larson *
785-532-5135
lottalarson@k-state.edu
Literacy
Suzanne Porath
785-532-5889
sporath@k-state.edu
K-12 literacy; teacher learning; reflective practice; social media as professional development; action research
Tonnie Martinez
785-532-2962
tonnie@k-state.edu
ESL; language arts
Leah McKeeman
785-532-5512
leahmac@k-state.edu
Content area literacy education; new literacies; world language education; second language acquisition
Vicki Sherbert
785-532-5952
sherbev@k-state.edu
Language arts education
Mathematics Education
David Allen *
785-532-6999
dallen@k-state.edu
Mathematics education; professional development
Andrew Bennett *
785-532-0562
bennett@k-state.edu
Mathematics education
Sherri Martinie *
785-532-3445
martinie@k-state.edu
Mathematics education (K-12); teacher preparation; professional development; curriculum implementation
Jackie Spears *
785-532-5530
jdspears@k-state.edu
Science education; gender issues; rural education
Science/Environmental Education
Jackie Spears *
785-532-5530
jdspears@k-state.edu
Science education; gender issues; rural education
Kimberly Staples *
785-532-5556
kstaples@k-state.edu
Science education; biology; education; teacher education
Social Studies Education
Brad Burenheide *
785-532-5843
bburen@k-state.edu
Social studies; history education
Tom Vontz *
785-532-5927
tvontz@k-state.edu
Social studies education; civic education
Teacher Education (General)
David Allen *
785-532-6999
dallen@k-state.edu
Mathematics education; professional development
J. Spencer Clark *
785-532-5716
jspencerclark@k-state.edu
Curriculum; teacher education; social studies education
Fred Burrack *
785-532-5763
burrack@k-state.edu
Music education
Lori Goodson
785-532-3597
lagoodson@k-state.edu
 
Tonnie Martinez
785-532-2962
tonnie@k-state.edu
ESL; language arts
Sherri Martinie *
785-532-3445
martinie@k-state.edu
Mathematics education (K-12); teacher preparation; professional development; curriculum implementation
Leah McKeeman
785-532-5512
leahmac@k-state.edu
Content area literacy education; new literacies; world language education; second language acquisition
Debbie Mercer *
785-532-5765
dmercer@k-state.edu
Teacher preparation; education policy; accreditation
Phillip Payne *
785-532-5764
ppayne@k-state.edu
Music education; assessment; curriculum development; teacher identity; teacher preparation; music technology; ePortfolios; personality and timbre preference
BeEtta Stoney
785-532-3531
bstoney@k-state.edu
Multicultural education; diversity
Kay Ann Taylor *
785-532-6974
ktaylor@k-state.edu
Historical, philosophical, and comparative studies; multicultural education; critical race theory; postcolonial theory; social justice
Jonathan Ulmer *
785-532-1250
julmer@k-state.edu
Agriculture education; improving STEM education in agricultural classrooms; survey methodology; cognitive discourse
Tom Vontz *
785-532-5927
tvontz@k-state.edu
Social studies education; civic education
Shannon Washburn *
785-532-1250
swg@k-state.edu
Agriculture education; teacher professional development; teacher career stages/retention; multidisciplinary curriculum development