Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

EdD in Curriculum and Instruction - principal and staff member

Translate theory and research into practice with a doctorate in curriculum and instruction

A doctorate in curriculum and instruction prepares educators for leadership positions in a variety of settings, including school districts, colleges and universities, state and federal education agencies, and educational companies. This degree provides you with a background in instructional practice, practically applying current research and theory on learning methods and curriculum building to the way teaching is done in the classroom. A professional with an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction might:

  • Design district-wide curriculum for use in the classroom
  • Provide instructional coaching for teachers in a school setting
  • Continue their academic path through conducting research on learning and education methods

What careers are available for someone with an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction?

The Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction is a terminal degree in the field, preparing graduates to enter positions of leadership. Graduates of KU’s program hold positions in curriculum design, teacher leadership and post-secondary education, among other related fields.

Potential careers with a Ed.D in curriculum and instruction degree - Curriculum Designer, Curriculum Director, Innovation Coach, Teacher Leader, Director of Instruction, Post-Secondary Class Instructor, Instructional Coach

Is an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction right for you?

The Ed.D. in curriculum & instruction at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus prepares individuals for a leadership position in education and to work with teachers or other professionals. It is intended for teacher leaders and coaches. Students work closely with their advisors and committee members to construct a program based on their career goals.


Kim Huggett
  • Cirriculum & Instruction Ed.D.
  • Educational Leadership Ed.D.
  • Special Education
Graduate degree, Online degree

How is the doctorate in curriculum and instruction program structured?

The coursework structure is a blended online and face-to-face format. The face-to-face courses meet on five Saturdays during the semester at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, thereby allowing working students to study while working full-time. The degree includes curriculum and instruction courses, research skills courses, a doctoral practicum/field experience, comprehensive examinations, and a dissertation involving original research in the student's specialization. Instructors and fellow students offer a broad-based knowledge of the field, as well as valuable professional networking opportunities.


Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction program hours
Why an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction?


  • Limited face-to-face classes meet on Saturdays for working professionals
  • Blended delivery format with both face-to-face and online instruction
  • Reduced enrollment cost option through the Practicing Educator Sponsorship Program
  • Field experience can be completed in your home school district


  • Credentialed, experienced faculty
  • KU School of Education recognized as one of the top 20 public education schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • One of 35 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities


  • Learn it today, use it tomorrow
  • Applies up-to-date research and theory to instructional practice
  • Uses cohort model to develop professional relationships and encourage collaboration between students

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 May 1, 2024 for Fall 2024 cohort.