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Dr. Candace Schlein
Associate Professor and IPhD Program Coordinator
Room 319 Education Building
816- 235-5754

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M-F 8 am – 5 pm
Room 129 Education Building

The I.Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction prepares professionals who create lifelong opportunities through education for America’s diverse communities.

I.Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction

The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership (CIL) is a doctoral program administered through the School of Graduate Studies. A student seeking admission into the I.Ph.D. 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. Candidates typically have prior academic training and experience in education.

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Admissions requirements

  • The I.Ph.D. 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).
  • 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.

In addition, 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. Sample research or scholarly writing