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Doctor of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

Doctor of Education Degree [Ed.D.]
in Curriculum and Instruction

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The purpose of this degree is to provide advanced content knowledge, instruction in methodology, and preparation for research for Christian educators and leaders.

Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the curriculum and instruction programs will be able to

  • apply the Christian-traditional perspective of curriculum and instruction in the classroom,
  • analyze enduring and current issues in education for the purpose of professional development and the determination of philosophical foundations,
  • demonstrate mastery of the specialized field of study in a written and oral comprehensive examination, and
  • perform and successfully defend high-quality, original research that will contribute to the cause of Christian-traditional education.
  • (Additional learning outcomes are listed for each concentration.)

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction—Elementary Specialization

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the elementary specialization will also be able to

  • describe and practice a phonics-first approach to reading instruction;
  • learn and demonstrate strategies for teaching reading, language, history, science, and mathematics in the traditional elementary classroom; and
  • evaluate from a Christian-traditional perspective current research and practice in the teaching of elementary subjects.

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Students who did not earn credit for ED 600 Education Seminar previously will be required to attend Summer Seminar in addition to these requirements.

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction—English Specialization

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the English specialization will also be able to

  • demonstrate effective strategies for teaching secondary English concepts in a traditional classroom setting;
  • perform graduate-level research in English;
  • examine the centrality of faith in a literary education; and
  • examine the progress of the English language from Old English to Modern English.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must pass an entrance examination in English grammar. In addition, the applicant must have earned at least 18 credits in English (undergraduate or graduate level), including English Grammar and Composition (one year), American Literature, and British Literature.

While a student may begin with a deficiency in specific course competencies, some courses may not be taken until their competency is achieved with at least a grade of “C.” All deficiencies must be removed before registering for the fourth English course.

Course Requirements

Students who did not earn credit for ED 600 Education Seminar previously will be required to attend Summer Seminar in addition to these requirements.

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction—History Specialization

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the history specialization will also be able to

  • demonstrate effective strategies for teaching secondary history concepts in a traditional classroom setting,
  • perform graduate-level research in history,
  • analyze the development of the American constitutional system, and
  • explore the influence of major historical periods.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must have earned at least 18 credits in history (undergraduate or graduate level) with at least a grade of “C.” A student may begin the program prior to completing these credits; however, all deficiences must be removed before registering for the fourth history course.

Course Requirements

Students who did not earn credit for ED 600 Education Seminar previously will be required to attend Summer Seminar in addition to these requirements.

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction—Science Specialization

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the science specialization will also be able to

  • perform library research of scientific literature;
  • demonstrate effective strategies for teaching secondary science concepts in a traditional classroom setting;
  • articulate ethical standards based on a biblical foundation, including creation/evolution, bioethics, cloning, biotechnology, and biomedical applications of the human genome;
  • implement a perspective of scientific investigation based on a supernatural creation of all things in six literal days by the God of the Bible approximately 6,000 years ago;
  • apply the understanding of key concepts to solve problems in biology or physical sciences; and
  • evaluate scientific data.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must have earned at least 18 credits in science (undergraduate or graduate level), including one year each in Biology, General Chemistry, and Physics.

While a student may begin with a deficiency in specific course competencies, some courses may not be taken until their competency is achieved with at least a grade of “C.” All deficiencies must be removed before registering for the fourth science course.

Course Requirements

Students who did not earn credit for ED 600 Education Seminar previously will be required to attend Summer Seminar in addition to these requirements.

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction—Secondary (General) Specialization

Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the secondary (general) specialization will also be able to

  • learn and demonstrate strategies for teaching English, history, science, and mathematics in the traditional secondary classroom;
  • evaluate from a Christian-traditional perspective current research and practice in the teaching of secondary subjects;
  • integrate technology for the purpose of enhancing lessons; and
  • develop a better understanding of a Christian educator’s successful personal and professional relationships.

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Students who did not earn credit for ED 600 Education Seminar previously will be required to attend Summer Seminar in addition to these requirements.