Curriculum & Instruction, PhD

College of Education and Human Development

curriculum and instruction doctoral student

Curriculum and Instruction, PhD (60 hours)

The doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction enables students to assume leadership roles in educational programs nationwide. Designed primarily for professionals who wish to teach at colleges and universities, have careers as researchers and scholars and fill other major educational positions.

Two tracks are available:

  • Literacy Studies
  • Curriculum Studies

Domestic/International Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
June 1  October 1 February 1 Not Offered

Domestic/International Students:

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
June 15 October 15 February 15 Not Offered

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration 

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.


Application requirements specific to this program :

    • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work indicating completion of a master's degree in a relevant field taken at any accredited college or University attended  (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
    • Official MAT or GRE scores (Within five years of the date of application)
    • At least three years of teaching experience
    • Ph.D Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Form
    • Four professional or educational letters of recommendation submitted on the Online Ph.D Curriculum & Instruction Reference Form. Please note that personal letters of recommendation are not considered for admission to this program.

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

Curriculum Core Classes (12 semester credit hours)

EDCI 6301 - Philosophy of Education 3 credits
EDCI 6324 - Curriculum Theory 3 credits
EDCI 6303 - Issues in Curriculum and instruction 3 credits
EDCI 6390 - Special Topics in Curriculum 3 credits

Research Tools (18 semester credit hours)

EDLD 6333 - Applied Statistics 1 3 credits
EDLD 6392 - Applied Statistics 2 3 credits
EDLD 6384 - Qualitative Research Methods 3 credits
EDLD 6385 - Advanced Data Analysis in Qualitative Methods 3 credits
EDCI 6335 - Curriculum Research Design 3 credits
EDCI 6397 - Seminar On Dissertation Research 3 credits

Curriculum Emphasis (24 semester credit hours)

EDCI 6336 - Culture, Language, and Cognition 3 credits
EDCI 6391 - Historical Perspectives On Curriculum 3 credits
EDCI 6392 - Critical Pedagogy 3 credits
Plus an additional 15 SCH of electives. 15 credits

Dissertation (6 semester credit hours)

EDCI 6398 - Dissertation in Progress 1-3 credits
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.

Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction National Standards Matrices (docx)

Doctoral Program Handbook (pdf)

If you'd like to learn more about the College of Education and Human Development, please visit our website.

Contact for More Information:

Dr. Faye Bruun

6300 Ocean Drive Unit 5834
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5834
Office : 361-825-2417