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Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

Degree Requirements

Total Hours: 72
Practicum: Yes
Comprehensive: Written Exam
Dissertation: Required

Length of the Program
Assuming normal progress, it is reasonable to expect part-time students who have completed all prerequisites and enroll in six semester hours during each Fall and Spring semester could complete coursework and dissertation in approximately 10 semesters.  Time for degree completion, including the dissertation, is seven years.  (See SOE Policy: Time Limit for Degree Completion)

Continuous Enrollments
Doctoral students in Curriculum and Instruction are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. (See SOE Policy: Advanced Standing - Continuous Enrollment) This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must do one of the following:

*Enrollment in CIEP 610 Doctoral Studies
Students enroll in CIEP 610 after all coursework has been completed. Enrollment in CIEP 610 is to be used to maintain continuous enrollment while students prepare for their written comprehensive exams and/or finalize their dissertation prospectus. Students are required to enroll in 610 for one semester, but cannot enroll in 610 for more than two semesters. Students receive either a P (progress) or NP (no progress) as a grade for CIEP 610.

** Enrollment in CIEP 600 Dissertation Supervision
Students  enroll in CIEP 600 after all coursework has been completed and students have successfully passed their comprehensive exams. Enrollment in CIEP 600 is to be used to maintain continuous enrollment while students work on their dissertation with their dissertation chair.  Students receive either a P (progress) or NP (no progress) as a grade for CIEP 600.

Curriculum Plan
Completion of the Ed.D. degree program in Curriculum and Instruction requires: 1) 72 semester hours of which 45 must be completed at Loyola University, 2) a written comprehensive exam covering core Curriculum and Instruction courses, and 3) a dissertation and oral defense.  Students may apply up to 27 hours of credit from a master's degree or prior coursework.

Program Prerequisites
Students should present transcript evidence of successful completion ("B" or better) of the courses listed below, or their equivalent. Students who enter the program without these prerequisites may complete them while enrolled in the program. However, prerequisite hours will not be applied to the total of 45 required hours. Upon acceptance transcripts will be reviewed to determine if prerequisites have been meet.

Required Core Courses (24 semester hours)

Required Research Courses (9 semester hours)

Focus Area Elective Courses (12 semester hours)
Four additional courses offered within the School of Education. Student should plan the electives with advisor's assistance based on the student’s career interest and dissertation interest. It is recommended that students whose dissertation analysis is beyond the scope of RMTD 420, RMTD 421 and RMTD 406, select an advanced RMTD course that will support their dissertation data analysis as part of these 12 hours. This would be an agreed upon course between advisor, dissertation chair, and student.

Program Benchmarks

Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application is required for a subsequent semester.


School of Education
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