Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.D.

Program Description

Once you have started a new admissions application online, you will find the EdD in Curriculum and Instruction under the degrees listed for Education.  You should select a major of “Education-Graduate” from the drop-down listing, and then you can select the “Doctor of Education Curriculum and Instruction.”


Areas of Program emphasis include the following:

  • Curriculum and instruction theory and practice
  • Curriculum and instruction for teacher education
  • Foundations and diversity in schooling and the profession
  • Curricular leadership, organization and innovation
  • Technology in curriculum and instruction
  • Assessment
  • Research and evaluation practice

The School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill offers a unique professional doctorate. The goal of the degree is to prepare transformative educational leaders for the 21st century. It is a part-time or full-time campus-based program, designed for practicing professionals who become specialists in the preparation and implementation of reformed schooling practices. Potential professional leadership roles for graduates include: district and state curriculum directors; instructional supervisors in various school subjects; and professors/researchers in related areas such as teacher education

The Ed.D. is differentiated from the Ph.D. in a small core of unique courses and in two ‘practicums’, one in professional development and the other in a research apprenticeship. The program has two pathways, one a non-licensure doctorate and the other a Curriculum and Instruction Specialist License (consisting of 57 and 66 course and dissertation credit hours respectively). Guidance for admitted students is undertaken through an initial advisor and subsequent faculty committee members.


Program Contact

Derek Neverosky, Program Assistant

Lynda Stone, Program Coordinator