Program Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Curriculum and Instruction program at Andrews University is offered through the School of Graduate Studies and Research at the institution. This program is geared towards candidates who wish to work towards creating a superior learning environment within a learning environment. Examples of settings of application include schools, corporations, colleges, or universities. Graduates of this program may go on to become curriculum specialists, researchers, and department heads or chairs.

This program is typically able to be completed in a six year period by students continuously taking courses. The Doctor of Philosophy Degree program is a more research oriented one than that of the EdD. As such, it is intended for candidates that wish to become educational leaders or take on careers in research. Students accomplish working towards such a goal by theoretical and conceptual original research, along with an immersive experience in the field. Graduates of this program generally go on to areas of higher education, government, or advanced positions in K-12 education.

In order to complete this degree program, those enrolled must earn a minimum of 92 hours of credit from a range of required sections and courses. The electives in this program should satisfy a student's chosen specialization, cognate areas, or goals. Possible specializations include Teaching in Higher Education, Curriculum Leadership, Instructional Leadership, and Teacher Education.

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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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