Curriculum

Study Format Online, On Campus

This doctoral program is offerred 100% online and through cohorts on campus.

Program Length 61-67 credits*

 

*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum listed below, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.

Doctoral Specialization: Curriculum and Instruction

School/District Improvement Data Analysis

This course addresses school district and building leadership roles in creating an infrastructure and systems that focus on school district improvement. Particular emphasis is on school improvement as it relates to accountability demonstrated through assessment design, data gathering and analysis. Candidates will learn how to utilize data to improve curriculum, instruction, multiple forms of assessment, and incorporate technology to meet the needs of the 21st Century learner.

Curriculum Theory and Design

Exploration and analysis of curriculum theory and design for educational programs, early childhood through high school. Analysis, trends, and current practices in the light of national and international models and educational programs. Study of curriculum theory in relationship to the processes of curriculum design, development, implementation, and evaluation.

Research Based Instructional Practices

This course will critically examine research based instructional strategies.  Understanding how to determine the effectiveness of instructional strategies based on a variety of factors such as student population and needs, available resources, and goals of the academic institution will be a focus. Understanding how instruction connects to assessment and curriculum will also be explored.

The Impact of ESEA on the Educational Landscape

Tracing the research streams of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and its impact on American educational policy, this course examines the ideologies and people that influence curriculum development and instructional practices through a historic lens.

Global Perspectives on Curriculum and Instruction

This course is a purposeful attempt to examine through a global lens a  number of contemporary policy issues and practices that impact the way we enact curriculum development, instruction and assessment. As Schoorman (2009) argues, intentional “internationalization” of our higher education curriculum will offer students “a knowledge base, skills and attitudes...that prepare them for work and leadership in the context of global interdependence” (p.5). By becoming familiar with the international, multinational, and global discourses, we are better prepared to lead within our own particular education contexts. The global perspective has the potential to inform how we lead as curriculum developers and instructional practitioners through an awareness of how local policy and practice are bound up with discourses and practices in other spaces (other locals, regional, national, multinational, international, global spaces). Purposeful study of these similarities and differences positions us to lead with greater cross-cultural awareness and with an eye to forging connections and networks beyond our immediate borders as we address global themes.

Curriculum Leadership

Current issues in curriculum and instruction as well as management of curriculum development drive the learning in this course.  Determining appropriate professional growth opportunities for teachers based on research and evaluation serve as a guide to creating successful growth plans in school districts.

Research-Based Decision Making

The analysis of the methodological and statistical components of existing research data to enhance and facilitate the educational decision making process. Particular attention is given to applications regarding issues of educational policy.

Design of Learning Environments

This course addresses the design of technology-enhanced learning environments.  The application of various designs and their guiding principles will be examined and critiqued.  Examples include online, blended, flipped, one-to-one, informal, collaborative, and non-traditional learning settings.

Multicultural Education: Pedagogy in Practice

This course will examine the historical and political impact of multicultural education in our schools. A study of the trends in multicultural education that have guided instructional and assessment practices will be a critical component.  Developing and evaluating curriculum and instructional strategies appropriate in multicultural education will also be a focus.

Instructional Coaching for Effective Teaching

Knowledge and skills required to be an effective instructional coach. Collaboration, reflection, modeling, communication and leadership in effective coaching models.

Foundations/Philosophy/Ethics

Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge (PhD only)

This course provides an orientation to the nature, uses and limitations of science with the aim of achieving and understanding of the variety of approaches to research design and developing conceptual frameworks. With regard to the metatheory of knowledge, particular attention will be paid to the following topics: the relationship between theory and observations, the role of the researcher’s values in knowledge generation, how the research conceptualizes the relationship between researcher and subjects, the standards that are used to appraise theories, the theory of reality (ontology) and of how to know that reality (epistemology) that underlies critical theories, and how different methods of data gathering and data analysis influence the generation of scientific knowledge.

Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership (EdD only)

Study of the philosophical and theoretical foundations of education and leadership, including analysis of the aims and goals of education, processes of attainment, content and curriculum, and the socialization function of education, schooling and complex organizations. Develop an understanding of the intersections between theory/philosophy, ethical perspectives and the development of policy, practice and institutions.  

Organizational Change

Application of change theory to large and small organizations. Leadership strategies for successful change implementation.

Policy Analysis

Educational policy-making at the macro (national, regional and state) and micro (local and institutional) levels. Selected educational policies.

Ethics for Educational Leaders

Ethical theories and practice of school district leadership.

Research for the EdD, Practitioner Track

Research Design

Principles of research theory, methods, inquiry, problem formulation, data collection, literature searches, and ethical considerations. Emphasis on how to design a doctoral-level research study.

Qualitative Research

An examination and application of qualitative research approaches with focus on research design, the role of the researcher, data collection and analysis, and writing from a qualitative perspective.

Quantitative Analysis

An introduction to quantitative analysis of data. Statistical software will be used to explore descriptive and inferential statistics using both non-parametric and parametric techniques.

Research and Statistics for the PhD, Researcher Track

Research Design

Principles of research theory, methods, inquiry, problem formulation, data collection, literature searches, and ethical considerations. Emphasis on how to design a doctoral-level research study.

Qualitative Research

An examination and application of qualitative research approaches with focus on research design, the role of the researcher, data collection and analysis, and writing from a qualitative perspective.

Quantitative Analysis

An introduction to quantitative analysis of data. Statistical software will be used to explore descriptive and inferential statistics using both non-parametric and parametric techniques.

Mixed Methods Research

This course explores the theory, design, and application of mixed methods research.

Select one:

Advanced Topics in Statistics

An introduction to advanced statistical concepts including multivariate analysis, linear models, hierarchical linear models, factor analysis and data management. Students will use statistical software packages and will learn to write basic syntax for custom analysis.

Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis

Prepares students to utilize naturalistic inquiry in their own research, most immediately, the dissertation experience. Students will be able to reflect on choices of inquiry paradigms, the goodness of fit between the problem and the approach chosen to explore it, the selection of appropriate instruments, and the role of the writer in the presentation of findings.

Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation Supervision

 

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