EdD in Curriculum & Teaching

Students in the Curriculum & Teaching doctoral program gain a thorough understanding of key areas essential to professional leadership in education. These include building a solid academic content foundation; strengthening the knowledge base and professional skills pertinent to forming, designing, implementing, and evaluating specific educational programs; and developing research capabilities for conducting and evaluating research.

Students may pursue study in one of the following areas of specialization:

  • C&T–general track
  • Early Childhood Education
  • English Education
  • History & Social Studies Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Physical Education, Health Education & Coaching
  • Science Education

Coursework and Requirements (60 credits)

Pro-Seminars (8 credits across two semesters; completed in Year 1)

Two-semester pro-seminar designed to develop a common conceptual understanding of Schools, Educational Institutions, Communities, Educational Foundations, and Systems and Theories of Learning and Teaching, with Social Justice being a unifying theme throughout, across all SED EdD students.

Research and Teaching Apprenticeships (minimum: 6 semesters)

  • At least 1 teaching apprenticeship
  • At least 3 research apprenticeships
  • Remaining apprenticeship foci determined in consultation with student’s doctoral advisor

Research (minimum: 16 credits)

  • Qualitative (Required)
  • Quantitative (Required)
  • Mixed methods
  • Advanced research course
  • Additional courses may be required by programs

Specialization Courses (minimum: 24 credits)

Course of study determined by program.

Qualifying Tasks

  • Participation in a research project culminating in a formal write-up and presentation at a Doctoral Student Research Symposium at the end of the student’s second or third year. The research report will include a statement of the student’s contribution to the research. Work will be evaluated by the student’s Qualifying Committee.
  • Completion of a literature review and an oral defense of that review on an area of the student’s field of study where there is a problem/challenge/gap in the literature and identifying one or more promising practical or theoretical approaches. Work will be evaluated by the student’s Qualifying Literature Review Committee.

Dissertation Proposal

  • Preparation of written proposal for dissertation research
  • Oral defense of proposal to Dissertation Committee

Dissertation Study and Oral Defense (minimum: 12 credits)

  • Dissertation which can take one of two forms: Traditional or Alternative format with three publishable articles
  • Oral Defense of dissertation findings to Dissertation Committee

Residency Requirement

Every doctoral candidate must spend a minimum of two consecutive semesters in residence at Boston University. Residence is defined as registration for a minimum of 12 credit hours at the University during each of two consecutive semesters. (Summer Terms may be considered one semester.) The residency requirement may be met by holding a research or teaching assistant position or being employed at Boston University 35 hours or more per week and registering for a minimum of 8 credit hours for two consecutive semesters. For additional information, students should contact their academic advisors.