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)
SED ED 800 Doctoral Pro-Seminar 1 Theories of Teaching, Learning, and Equity (4 cr)
- SED ED 801 and Doctoral Pro-Seminar 2 Educational Foundations and Systems (4 cr)
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 Wheelock EdD students.
Research and Teaching Apprenticeships (minimum: 6 semesters)
- At least 1 teaching apprenticeship: CT 700 Doctoral Teaching Apprenticeship (0 cr)
- At least 3 research apprenticeships: SED RS 799 Doctoral Research Apprenticeship (0 cr)
- 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—ED 900 Qualifying Tasks (0 cr)
- 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.
- Preparation of written proposal for dissertation research
- Oral defense of proposal to Dissertation Committee
Dissertation Study and Oral Defense (minimum: 12 credits)—SED ED 999 Dissertation Advising
- Dissertation which can take one of two forms: Traditional or Alternative format with three publishable articles
- Oral Defense of dissertation findings to Dissertation Committee
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.
For more information about requirements for the doctorate, please visit the EdD Implementation Policies page.