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Doctoral Programs

The PhD in Curriculum and Instruction within the Department of Teacher Education serves Ohio, America’s Appalachian region, the nation, and the world. The research conducted by the faculty and students in the program develops theory and applications to improve classroom practice in schools and colleges in the United States and internationally. This research has shaped curriculum and development, enhanced understanding of teaching, increased knowledge of student and teacher attitudes, reduced uncertainty about how children learn, and developed improved methods to assess student achievement.

The doctoral program cultivates educational leaders in curriculum and instruction as stewards of their chosen disciplinary specialization. A key strength of the program is its ability to provide individualized programs of study for scholars who seek to serve as leaders in various facets of teacher education. Since 2001, the program has produced 77 PhDs. Recent dissertations have explored the effect of high school mathematics course-taking patterns on college success, children’s fiction in rural Appalachia, calculator use in mathematics instruction in Ghana, voices of rural secondary students with disabilities in co-taught settings; authoring and publishing children’s literature, and the impact of class visits to the Kennedy Museum of Art.