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*Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Elementary Education Program faculty offer doctoral degree programs in Curriculum and Instruction. These Ph.D. or Ed.D. programs can include emphasis/specialization in: (a) Elementary Education PK-6, (b) Reading/Literacy, and/or (c) Teacher Education. Students are prepared for teaching and research positions in academic environments such as colleges, universities, and school districts. The Elementary Education Doctoral Programs provide a context for graduate education that is focused on theory, research, practice, innovation, inquiry, and equity.

Our Nationally Recognized Program Faculty include widely published, well-respected authors and researchers.

LOCATION AND COHORTS

Virginia Tech offers the Elementary Education Ph.D. and Ed.D. Programs at the Blacksbug campus. The Ph.D. program has a two year residency requirement.

THE COHORT MODEL

The Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs operate on a cohort model. The members of a given cohort attend many of the same classes in the same sequence and pursue common plans of study. 

The benefits of a cohort model are many.  The cohort model is designed to facilitate social interaction, collaboration, and the formation of a supportive learning community.

Students in cohorts learn from and help each other with the successful completion of coursework and professional networking. Students who participate in cohort models generally report a strong sense of belonging and are more likely to complete their programs of study in a timely manner. 

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WHAT YOU'LL STUDY

The Elementary Education faculty offer doctoral degree programs in Curriculum and Instruction. These Ph.D. or Ed.D. programs can include emphasis/specialization in: (a) Elementary Education PK-6, (b) Reading/Literacy, and/or (c) Teacher Education. Students are prepared for teaching and research positions in academic environments such as colleges, universities and school districts. The Elementary Education Doctoral Programs provide a context for graduate education that is focused on theory, research, practice, innovation, inquiry, and equity.

Course topics include:

  • Elementary School Curriculum
  • Linguistic Theory and Instruction in Reading and Written Expression
  • Advanced Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary and Middle School Social Studies
  • Advanced Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary and Middle School Mathematics
  • Advanced Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary and Middle School Science
  • Educating Exceptional Learners Across the Lifespan
  • Field Studies in Education

Each course will address relevant, contemporary issues in PK-12 education, such as standardized testing, school safety, special education, school accreditation, diversity, equity, educational politics and policy, and school improvement efforts.

DISSERTATION

The Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees in Elementary Education are not awarded solely on the basis of coursework completion. To graduate, each student must also conduct an original research study culminating in the presentation and defense of a dissertation. The dissertation demonstrates the student’s ability to investigate a practical issue in elementary educational agreed upon by one’s dissertation chair and advisory committee. 

The majority of students write their dissertations in the traditional five-chapter format (i.e., as a research paper with an introduction, literature review, methodology, results, and conclusion).  Other options such as a journal article dissertation are available.  Students work with the dissertation chairs and committees to determine the best format for their dissertation.

Course Descriptions

This course is concerned with the development of the elementary school curriculum. It deals with the structure, characteristics, problems and practices of the elementary school curriculum, the children, the environment and the school setting. The course is also concerned with the process of curriculum improvement and its implementation in contemporary elementary schools.

Credit Hour(s): 3

Lecture Hour(s): 3

Level: Graduate

Instruction Type(s): Lecture

Studies the syntactic structure of questions and their function and application to selected questioning strategies in reading and writing; explores ideas for the development of a systematic approach to teaching writing in conjunction with reading; discusses the use of stylistic devices and grammars in a reading and writing program using basal readers and children's literature.

Credit Hour(s): 3

Lecture Hour(s): 3

Level: Graduate

Instruction Type(s): Lecture

Prerequisite(s): EDCI 5004 (UG) OR EDCI 5004

Corequisite(s):

Emphasizes curriculum research and recent developments in trends and materials in elementary and middle school social studies instruction. Exploration of alternative approaches in instructional strategies. (1-3H, 1-3C).

Credit Hour(s): 1 TO 3

Lecture Hour(s): 1 TO 3

Level: Graduate

Instruction Type(s): Lecture

Prerequisite(s):

Corequisite(s):

Research and recent developments in elementary and middle school math curricula; study and analysis of recent trends and materials; and examination of alternative approaches in methodology. (1-3H, 1-3c).

Credit Hour(s): 1 TO 3

Lecture Hour(s): 1 TO 3

Level: Graduate

Instruction Type(s): Lecture

Prerequisite(s):

Corequisite(s):

Selected study and analysis of curriculum trends, methods and materials. Emphasis on recent developments and the practical implications of research in science education. (1-3H, 1-3C).

Credit Hour(s): 1 TO 3

Lecture Hour(s): 1 TO 3

Level: Graduate

Analysis of purpose, rationale, and foci of educational programs, and related services for individuals with special needs. Identification of characteristics associated with each exceptionality. Review of procedures for assessment, eligibility decisions, and the development of individualized educational programs. Overview of selected instructional strategies, environmental adaptations, and special materials. Examination of findings concerning program efficacy.

Credit Hour(s): 3

Lecture Hour(s): 3

Level: Graduate

Instruction Type(s): Lecture, Online Lecture

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Corequisite(s):

Applied study in one or more educational institutions. Research, evaluation, curricular, and instructional projects are examples of appropriate projects of study. The student is graded on the basis of the design of the project and ability to carry it through and report the results.

Credit Hour(s): 1 TO 19

Lecture Hour(s): 1 TO 19

Level: Graduate

Instruction Type(s): Lecture, Online Lecture

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