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Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

The Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction requires (90) hours beyond the bachelor’s, at least twelve (12) of which are to be taken outside the School of Education. The departmental-level academic course plan for each student will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee will include the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for graduate committees are satisfied. The student must pass a General exam consisting of written questions and a comprehensive oral exam; write a dissertation proposal and pass an oral defense of the proposal; and write a dissertation, and pass an oral defense of the dissertation. 


Specializations available


 Children's Literature/Language Arts
Elementary EducationEnglish Education
Foreign Language EducationGifted Education
Math EducationReading and Literacy Education
Science EducationSocial Studies Education
Special Education 



Admission Requirements


Students applying for the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction must meet the following requirements:

  • a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • a combined verbal and quantitative GRE of 297 (verbal: 153; quantitative: 144)
  • three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your ability to complete doctoral work, including the dissertation are required. Letters must be written on official letterhead or emailed from a professional email account.


Each doctoral program will contain the following components:


Major Area of Study: Curriculum and Instruction

Core Courses
These courses must be taken consecutively during the first year of enrollment:

A. ELRC 7299: Introduction to Scholarship in Education (Fall)
B. EDCI 7910: Traditions of Inquiry in Education (Spring)

Approximately fifty (50) hours are to be taken in the student’s area(s) of specialization (e.g., art education, children’s literature, curriculum theory, early childhood education, English education, foreign language education, gifted and talented education, mathematics education, reading and literacy education, science education, social education and special education).  



6 hrs.



50 hrs.

Research Methodology and Dissertation Research

Research Methodology and Dissertation Research

A minimum of twenty-one (21) hours are to be taken, including:

        A.    Dissertation hours (EDCI 9000):  a minimum of twelve (12) hours and a maximum of eighteen (18) hours are to be taken within the 90-hour program. (Additional hours may be taken beyond the 18 hours but cannot be used to satisfy the research requirement.)

        B.    Three (3) research courses: ELRC 7006 or equivalent; ELRC 7241 or equivalent; ELRC 7243 or equivalent.  (Independent research courses or courses which review the literature in specific curriculum areas cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.)  Students may use courses from the list below or other courses approved by the major advisor, (ELRC 4249 and ELRC 4006 may not be used to fulfill this requirement):


        Generic Methods Courses:

        HUEC 7090  Research Methods in Human Ecology

        SOCL  7211  Methods of Social Investigation     


        Qualitative Methods Courses:

ANTH 4090  Ethnographic Methodology

*ELRC  7243  Qualitative Methods in Education

(*EDCI students will be permitted to fulfill the prerequisite for the course (ELRC 7243) in one of the following ways:

                1.  Complete ELRC 7241 as stated in the catalog.

                2.  Complete ELRC 4006 or a comparable statistics course.)

        ENGL 7621 Research Methods in Composition, Literacy & Rhetorical Studies

        HIST   7957  Research Seminar in American History

                Quantitative Methods Courses:

        ELRC  7006  Statistical Principles I

        ELRC  7016  Statistical Principles II

        ELRC  7241  Educational Research Methodology

        ELRC  7242  Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs in Educational Research

        PSYC   7117  Methodology and Research Design

        SOCL   7201  Research Methods in Sociology

        SOCL   7203/POLI  7963  Advanced Research Methods in Social Science









21 hrs.

Minor Area of Study  (Optional)  

Approximately twelve (12) to eighteen (18) hours, or as required by the minor field, are to be taken.  At least one doctoral committee member must represent the minor field.


12-18 hrs.

Electives (optional)

Up to twelve (12) hours may be taken with the major advisor’s approval.

12 hrs.