Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction / Curriculum Studies & Teacher Education
Texas Tech University

Program Details

Texas Tech University's College of Education offers a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education, which enables place-bound professional educators the opportunity to advance their education. This hybrid program utilizes online courses and face-to-face summer intensive sessions to prepare professional educators to effectively address accountability and other issues facing schools and teacher education programs. 

The Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education concentration in the Ph.D. program focuses on curricular issues as a field of inquiry and develops strengths in the areas of understanding and addressing the complex and multiple questions that influence curriculum theory, design, development, delivery, assessment, and evaluation.  

The primary goal of this program is to prepare curriculum leaders, researchers, and professors with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to analyze, construct, and evaluate curricula in ways that create optimal learning conditions for all learners. This comprehensive preparation will enable graduates to examine unconscious assumptions and identify complex challenges associated with working in schools and other institutions in a multicultural democracy. Consequently, particular attention is devoted to the philosophical, theoretical, historical, cultural, ethical, and political constructs and assumptions that affect curricula, including courses and programs. 

Students are required to take 66 credits with at least one course in six of the following complementary domains: philosophical issues and curriculum, political issues and curriculum, cultural issues and curriculum, ethical issues and curriculum, evaluation issues and curriculum, language issues and curriculum, gender issues and curriculum, and technological issues and curriculum. While most of the courses offered in the concentration are in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, approved courses throughout the College of Education and University may be selected.

% Online

Mostly Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Texas Tech University is accredited by:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests


Application Requirements

Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s)

Additional Info

  • A minimum of three years of full-time professional experience
  • This is an online program with face-to-face summer meetings.