EdD in Curriculum and Instruction
The EdD in Curriculum and Instruction is designed within a practitioner-researcher framework and aims at preparing individuals who will be competent in six core areas: Curriculum, instruction, leadership, research, program evaluation, and professionalism. Blending contemporary theory and practice, the program values the interdependence and emerging relationships among educational and social communities. Learning experiences across the program foster students’ individuality, cultural awareness, social responsibility, and creative inquiry.
Completion of the degree program increases a graduate’s opportunities for significant impact and influence in roles such as teacher, staff developer, principal, program director, change agent, curriculum director, instructional or learning specialist, college instructor, or administrator of education-related programs and institutions.
- Prepare for career advancement as a teacher, staff developer, principal, program director, change agent, or administrator of education-related programs and institutions.
- Small class sizes that allow for the development of personalized, working relationships with both faculty and cohort.
- Opportunities to work closely with faculty on research teams, as well as with Chicago's cultural institutions and museums, including the Field Museum, Chicago History Museum, Adler Planetarium, Shett Aquarium, and many many more.
- Take evening classes to accomodate a full-time work schedule in educational settings. Class times are either 4:25pm to 6:45pm or 7pm to 9:30pm.
- Course offerings via face-to-face, online, and hybrid formats.
- An opportunity to study abroad in Rome during one summer of the program.
- Centrally located campus in downtown Chicago, conveniently situated near multiple CTA and Metra train stops.
- Candidates will apply deep understanding of both content and pedagogy to provide developmentally appropriate instruction to all students.
- Candidates will hold high expectations and build on the assets of diverse students.
- Candidates will utilize information from theories and related research-based practices when making decisions and taking action in their professional practice.
- Candidates will use data to drive instruction and assess teaching and learning effectiveness.
This program is following a cohort model. A cohort of students who attend together all of the required courses leading to a degree. In this model, students benefit from networking and building professional relationships with one another during the course of their program. Once a cohort is formed, the students remain together for the duration of their endorsement program. The development of the cohort is contingent upon reaching the required numbers of enrolled students.