Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership (CIL) is a doctoral program administered through the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Graduate Studies. The IPHD degree program in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to prepare professionals who create lifelong opportunities through education for America’s diverse communities. The program prepares students with diverse academic and professional backgrounds to meet equally diverse career and scholarly goals. A student seeking admission into the IPHD degree program in curriculum and instruction must select a primary discipline as the student’s major concentration and curricular course experiences are focused in Curriculum and Instruction or a co-discipline in which curriculum and instruction is a minor area. For the primary discipline, the student will choose among participating disciplines, a co-discipline to complement the student’s program. Participating disciplines can be found in the School of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, or in a professional field such as criminology, computer science, Conservatory, and law. (Also, see the website of the School of Graduate Studies for other participating disciplines—http://sgs.umkc.edu/). Candidates typically have prior academic training and experience in education. Faculty advisors are specialists in their field, whether it be general curriculum and instruction, literacy/reading education, special education, mathematics education, science education, social studies education, multicultural education, special education, early childhood education, TESOL, instructional technology, among other areas.

The IPHD in Curriculum & Instruction has an annual fall admission policy. Applications are due on or before February 15 of the year of admission. Admission decisions are made between March and April following the review of applications. Applicants are encouraged to review the list of participating doctoral faculty and their areas of expertise. Applicants are encouraged to contact a faculty in their area of emphasis (general curriculum, literacy/reading, science, social studies, multicultural education, special education, early childhood education, mathematics, TESOL, etc.) for introduction and information). Also, applicants are encouraged to contact faculty in the co-discipline area for further information.

Applicants who designate curriculum and instruction as their primary discipline will be expected to have a Master’s degree; and a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, covering all post-baccalaureate work completed to date.

The applicant must provide the following supplementary documentation:

  1. Three written recommendation letters from appropriate professors and practitioners in the field (selected by student).
  2. A narrative stating educational background, career experiences, research interest, future goals, and reasons for choosing curriculum and instruction as your primary discipline. In addition, identify your co-discipline and articulate how it complements the primary discipline in curriculum and instruction.
  3. GRE score requirement of a combined minimum score of 295 on the verbal and quantitative section and 4.00 on the analytic writing section
  4. Sample research or scholarly writing

Who Benefits from the Program?

The doctoral program prepares individuals to serve in a number of educational settings and in a wide variety of capacities. Graduates do secure positions as instructional leaders and curriculum supervisors in public schools and school districts, curriculum and instructional programmers and developers, researchers, trainers in businesses and industries, and as university faculty teaching undergraduate and graduate students and undertaking cutting-edge research.

As part of the general UMKC Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, students in the Curriculum and Instructional Leadership program have opportunities to develop interdisciplinary knowledge, skills for interdisciplinary scholarship and research and competencies for working within a collaborative environment. Generally, a minimum of 24 hours in curriculum and instruction is required of students with curriculum and instruction as their primary discipline and a minimum of 15 hours in curriculum and instruction is expected of students selecting curriculum and instruction as their co-discipline. Specifically, all students admitted with curriculum and instruction as primary discipline are required to complete 9 hours of non-negotiable core courses (EDUC-C&I 5618 or EDUC-C&I 5620, EDUC-C&I 5626 and technology course—EDCI 5570 or 5571) and a minimum of 15 credit hours of electives. All students with curriculum and instruction as a co-discipline are required to complete 15 hours of non-negotiable core courses (EDUC-C&I 5505, 5506, 5618 or EDUC-C&I 5620, EDUC-C&I 5626 and 3 hours of technology—EDCI 5570 or 5571). All students with curriculum and instruction as primary discipline are required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of research that includes EDUC-R&P 5608 (Introduction to Graduate Research) and at least one course each in qualitative/quantitative research methods and statistics and a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation. In no case will a program be drawn up or approved that contains only coursework previously completed. Additional requirements may be set by the student’s doctoral supervisory committee on the basis of the individual’s program goals, previous academic preparation and relevant prior experiences.

Requirements for Comprehensive Examinations

Written and oral examinations are required.