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There are several Ph.D. degree requirements that govern the design of individual programs in Teaching and Curriculum. Among them are specifications for courses and credits, time-to-completion, and other indicators of progress through the program.

General Doctoral Level Course Requirements

  • School of Education Core - one course as denoted by EDU 781 Institutions and Processes of Education (3 credits)
  • Educational Research Design and Methods - a minimum of five courses, demonstrating depth of understanding and capacity through three courses in one genre, and breadth of understanding through two courses in other genres (15 credits)
  • Dissertation - course credit registered in proportion to the nature and scope of the research study undertaken, within the minimum and maximum credits allowed, denoted by EDU 999 Dissertation (9-24 credits)

Teaching and Curriculum Course Requirements

  • The Proseminars -- a seminar exclusively for doctoral students which introduces them to the variety and forms of scholarship represented in the faculty,- taken once, early in the program of study,- denoted by EDU 910 Current Scholarship in Teaching and Leadership (3 credits) and EDU 915 Teaching and Leadership for Social Justice (3 credits).
  • Teaching - one course focused on teaching, denoted as either EDU/EDA 725 Current Research on Teaching, or EDU/EDA 822 Assessment of Teaching, or EDA 732 Leadership for Adult Development (3 credits).
  • Curriculum - one course focused on curriculum, denoted as either EDU 727 Curriculum Studies, or EDU 833 Critical Curriculum Theory, EDA 722 Curriculum and Instructional Leadership  (3 credits).
  • Specialization - four courses which comprise a specialization, designed with advisement, in an area of Teaching and Curriculum, illustrated by the following areas (12 credits)
    • Art Education
    • Curriculum Studies
    • Educational Leadership
    • Elementary Education
    • Inclusive Education
    • Multicultural Education
    • Music Education
    • Social Studies Education
    • Teacher Education
    • Urban Education
  • Students may develop more than one specialization, if they so choose; and students may design a specialization unique to their interests and needs. Additional courses needed to complete the program of study, which must total at least 45 credits in Teaching and Curriculum.

"Time-to-Completion" Requirement

This School of Education requirement directs that a student must be enrolled continuously from the start of the program, and that all course work must be completed in four years (if a full master's degree already completed is included in the designed program), or in five years (if a prior master's degree is not included in the designed program). Course work concludes with the completion of the Qualifying Examination.

Submission and Approval of a Program of Study

Within the first semester of study, the student should work with the advisor to discuss and submit the informal doctoral program. The informal program helps map out the plan for study and experience. By completion of 60 credits, the formal program of study should be approved .

The doctoral program must include at least 90 credits of study beyond the baccalaureate degree. It must incorporate the general course requirements and the Teaching and Curriculum course requirements. Courses from prior graduate study (for example, a master's degree) are often included in designed doctoral programs. However, at least one-half of the course work, exclusive of dissertation credits, must be taken in the doctoral program at Syracuse University (this is the definition of "residency"). All courses are selected in conjunction with the advisor, who first gives approval to the proposed program of study; final approval is given by the Associate Dean, on behalf of the Committee on Higher Degrees.