Program Overview

The Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program offered through Andrews University is designed for students interested in working towards improving or creating a superior learning environment in their current or intended place of employment. According to the university, curriculum and instruction degrees are interdisciplinary ones that include a wide array of content areas and educational levels, in order to produce rounded and able graduates. Graduates of the program may find future careers as teachers, department heads, department chairs, researchers, or academic vice presidents.

The EdD degree is a more professionally oriented degree program than that of the research-heavy Doctor of Philosophy. As such, this program is intended primarily for educational leaders that wish to contribute to their field through developing curricula, supervising, and leading institution-wide instructional improvement and school change. In addition to the general credit and coursework requirements of this program, those enrolled must complete an internship in order to satisfy an experiential component.

In order to complete this program, those enrolled must earn a minimum of 92 hours of credit from a combination of required and elective coursework. The electives in this program are intended to be courses that expand personal development within targeted outcomes relevant to the candidate's goals. The electives can satisfy a specialization, if chosen, with options including Teaching in Higher Education, Curriculum Leadership, Instructional Leadership, and Teacher Education. Dissertation work comes from work towards developing a proposal as well as actual work on the project.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Distance Education Accrediting Commission,

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    The School of Education is NCATE accredited


    Applicants must have a Master’s Degree in an area appropriate to the major emphasis of the specialist or doctoral program from a regionally accredited American university or senior college, or its equivalent from a comparably, recognized institution outside the U.S. Applicants who have completed at least 16 semester credits of graduate work must have a graduate GPA of at least 3.30 for the EdD program.

    School Overview

    From the very start, back in 1874, Andrews University has placed serious scholarship, quality research and a strong focus on practical Christianity first on the list of things they think are important about attendance at a Christian university. Mr. Goodloe Bell, a teacher, started a tiny school with only 12 students in Battle Creek, Michigan. This was the birth of what is now known as Andrews University, later named after John Nevins Andrews (1829–1883), the biggest thinker in the 19th-century Seventh-day Adventist Church. Today, Andrews is the best-known Adventist educational institution in the world.

    Andrews boasts about 130 academic options to choose from, quality professors who care about your success, and lots of resources to keep students on track. They provide hands-on learning experiences, opportunities to learn inside and outside the classroom, and personal attention from faculty as a result of our small class-size and low student-faculty ratio.

    The School of Distance Education extends access to Adventist education beyond campus, community and national boundaries. We support our faculty and students around the world by promoting best practices in distance education and international partnerships, and by creating a virtual community designed to nurture learning. The School of Distance Education serves Andrews University by providing leadership, faculty and student support, and professional resources in the following areas: educational technology, distance education, compliance and off-campus programs.


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