Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

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EdD in Curriculum and Instruction

  • 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 accommodate 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.

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.


  • CIEP 440*:  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • CIEP 442*: Curriculum Development 
  • RMTD 400**: Research Methods 
  • RMTD 404**: Statistics

            * CIEP 440 & 442: can be used to fulfill focus area hours
          ** RMTD 400 & 404: can not be used to full focus area hours

Required Core Courses (24 semester hours)

  • RMTD 520: Research Seminar
  • CIEP 521: Curriculum Theory & Research
  • CIEP 522: Curriculum Policy
  • CIEP 523: School Improvement and Curriculum Reform 
  • CIEP 524: Privilege, Power, and Possibilities: Multicultural Education in Urban Classrooms
  • CIEP 561: Practicum

Required Research Courses (9 semester hours)

  • RMTD 406*: Program Evaluation
  • RMTD 420*: Educational Research I: Building a Body of Evidence Using Qualitative Methods
  • RMTD 421**: Educational Research II: Building a Body of Evidence Using Quantitative Methods

      * RMTD 400: is a prerequisite for RMTD 406 and RMTD 420
    ** RMTD 404: is a prerequisite of RMTD 421

Focus Area Elective Courses (18 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 18 hours. This would be an agreed upon course between advisor, dissertation chair, and student.

Completion of the EdD 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.


Length of the Program: Typically, coursework takes three academic years, and the dissertation another 1.5 or 2 years for full-time students.  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, Spring, and Summer semester could complete coursework in approximately three academic years and dissertation in approximately 2 years.  Time for degree completion, including the dissertation, is four to seven years.


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

  • Enroll in one of the following:
    • At least one course or
    • CIEP 610*: Doctoral Studies (maximum enrollment two semesters) or
    • CIEP 600**: Dissertation Supervision
  • A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education's Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.

Comprehensive Exam: A written comprehensive exam is required.  Ed.D. Candidates are required to answer four questions focused on the content and skills taught in CIEP 521, CIEP 522, CIEP 523, CIEP 524, and other related courses.  C&I Comprehensive Policy.


Comprehensive application deadlines:

  • Fall Exam: August 1
  • Spring Exam: December 1 

Candidacy: The requirements for doctoral candidacy are: 1) successful completion of all specifically required coursework; 2) successful completion of all comprehensive examinations; 3) approval of the dissertation proposal by the approved dissertation committee and Institutional Review Board (IRB).


Program Completion and Degree Conferral: Upon a successful dissertation defense and submission of the final dissertation, students will be conferred their degree at the next University conferral date. While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. (Students with an August or December degree conferral are eligible to participate in the following May’s commencement ceremony.) Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:

  • August 1 for December conferral
  • December 1 for May conferral
  • February 1 for August conferral

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.

Fall Application Deadline:
For the 2020-2021 cohort, the program extends applications on a rolling-basis. 


Cohort Model: 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 program. The development of the cohort is contingent upon reaching the required numbers of enrolled students.


A Completed Application Form
You may submit your application form online


Official Transcripts
Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor’s degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record.


Transcripts must show an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0 and a graduate GPA of 3.5. In exceptional cases, applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 may be admitted. Each program area gives meaningful consideration to the applicant's graduate GPA, recommendations, professional experience and reasons for pursuing a graduate program, as well as to the diversity of the student body.


Two Letters of Recommendation
If you supply your recommender’s email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders may choose to mail them to:


Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
820 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60611

We ask that you submit only two letters, no more, no less. Recommenders may be academic or professional in nature.

A Personal Statement
Your statement should be 1-3 pages, and you should describe your:

  • Academic and research interests, as well as your professional goals
  • Life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice

Standardized Test Scores
No GRE scores are required. For international students, see the English Language Requirements (i.e., TOEFL or IELTS). https://www.luc.edu/education/admission/international/




The admissions committee requests an interview for selected candidates.  A short written article analysis is requested if you are invited to an interview.  A writing prompt will be provided.  Once invited, you can choose for your interview to be online or face-to-face.

More information for international students

For additional information on billing, payment, and policies, please visit the Office of the Bursar. For information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities, visit Loyola's Financial Aid Office and  through the School of Education.