Doctor of Philosophy in Education / Curriculum & Teaching
Northcentral University

Program Details

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD-Ed) program is suitable for students who want to combine a strong base of theoretical knowledge with an individualized focus to conduct research in and about PK-12, postsecondary and adult learning environments. 

PhDs in Education are found in many different roles in academia, industry and not-for-profit organizations, including educational consultant, academic researcher, policy maker, educational theorist, and faculty member or administrator in a higher education or organizational setting. Students pursuing the PhD in Education have the opportunity to customize and focus their program through their coursework, doctoral research courses and the doctoral dissertation.

If you are interested in developing a strong knowledgebase of current practices, contemporary teaching issues and research while establishing your leadership skills, the PhD in Curriculum and Teaching at Northcentral University may be for you. This is a unique specialization designed for those with a passion for research and application of best teaching through superior instructional approaches and curriculum design in K-12, corporate and higher education settings. 

In your Curriculum and Teaching PhD courses, you will expand your research skills, while exploring best practices in the field and tools to implement curriculum in a wide variety of settings. You will analyze instructional strategies, learn how to integrate curriculum models, theory and technology, assess curricular trends, and apply differentiated instructional modalities to ensure high academic and professional achievement inside and outside the classroom.


  • Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Education program requires a conferred post-baccalaureate master’s degree and/or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution
  • Send your official transcripts from other schools you attended

School Accreditation Statement

NCU is a WSCUC accredited institution. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Geographic Restrictions

This program is not authorized for residents of Arkansas.