Doctor of Education 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.
You may pursue study in one of the following areas of specialization:
- Early Childhood Education
- English Education
- History & Social Studies Education
- Mathematics Education
- Physical Education, Health Education & Coaching
- Science Education
Read on for additional information about each of these areas of specialization.
All doctoral students must complete study in four areas: basic Wheelock and departmental core courses, educational research courses, academic content courses, and specialized courses in a professional education area.
All students are required to complete a residency that is intended to provide an opportunity for students to fully engage themselves as a member of a scholarly community. Residency is defined as registration for a minimum of 12 credits at the University, during two consecutive semesters. The residency requirement can be fulfilled during any period of the student’s matriculation (e.g. Fall/Spring, Spring/Summer, or Summer/Fall). Twelve of more credits earned in two summer sessions constitute a summer semester.
For program requirements and additional details, please visit the BU Bulletin.
Early Childhood Education
This program prepares candidates dedicated to excellence in the field of early childhood education (PreK–2) and explores topics such as design of educational environments, and content and methodology related to teaching mathematics, science, reading, social studies, and the arts. We emphasize a focus on the development and learning of young children in preschool, public school classrooms, and other appropriate settings in urban and suburban communities. As part of the program, students are immersed in research experiences. Each student works with a faculty member on a research project. Additionally, each student must complete a dissertation study representing original research. The program also addresses the application and development of curriculum and learning materials through dynamic coursework and hands-on field experience. Students may work at Wheelock’s in-house Early Childhood Learning Lab, with the opportunity to record and critique their own teaching methods.
This program prepares candidates for positions in a variety of settings, such as at research firms, in public policy, as well as faculty positions in English education and/or English departments, and various roles in K-12 education. Our curriculum offers a variety of courses addressing English literature, advanced instructional methods in English education, educational leadership, research methodology, and other courses selected by the individual and an academic advisor. We help to make each student’s program experience thereby reflect his or her prior academic experiences, professional background, interests, and career goals. As part of our program, students are immersed in research experiences and are provided with college-level teaching experience. Each student works with a faculty member on a research project. Additionally, each student must complete a dissertation study representing original research. Students serve as teaching assistants for an English education course, and under guidance of a faculty member, students eventually take on the role of course instructor.
History & Social Studies Education
Our program in Social Studies Education helps future teacher educators, curriculum developers, and teacher leaders grow and progress as intellectuals and reflective practitioners who are committed to improving educational experiences for all students and working with teachers and students in diverse contexts. Through coursework in social studies education, educational theory, and research methods, we prepare our students to be teacher educators, researchers, scholars, and curriculum developers in social studies education, which includes the disciplines of history, government/civics, geography, economics, and the other social sciences. Our doctoral program has a strong emphasis on historical thinking and inquiry, civic engagement, and multiculturalism.
Graduates of our program have gone on to educate within university and K-12 classrooms, museums, and non-profits organizations. Over the course of 5 academic years, the average rate of full-time completion, students in our EdD program develop their abilities to educate pre-service and in-service teachers, engage in educational research and scholarship, and design and evaluate curriculum. This program may include a licensure option.
Our Mathematics Education concentration prepares candidates for a variety of positions. The majority of our graduates take faculty positions in mathematics education and/or mathematics departments; some work for research firms while others are involved in public policy; others return to positions in K-12 education to work as mathematics curriculum coordinators or department chairs.
We offer a variety of courses in mathematics, mathematics education, and research methodology, the actual combination of which is based on each student’s prior academic and professional background. All of our courses serve to deepen students’ knowledge of current research on the teaching and learning of mathematics. As part of the program, students are immersed in research experiences. Each student works with a faculty member on a research project. Additionally, each student must complete a dissertation study representing original research.
Our program also provides students with college-level teaching experience. Students serve as teaching assistants for a mathematics education course. Under guidance of a faculty member, students eventually take on the role of course instructor.
Physical Education, Health Education & Coaching
Our Physical Education and Coaching program prepares graduates to pursue a variety of careers following completion of the program, including faculty positions in coaching and physical education, research firms, public policy, and various roles in K-12 education. Our curriculum addresses a variety of topics, which can be combined into a program of study that best reflects each candidate’s background, interests, and goals. We offer in-depth coursework to deepen students’ knowledge on current research of educational theory, coaching theory, research design, curriculum design, adapted physical education and coaching, motor development, sociology of sport, and the analysis of teaching. As part of the program, students are immersed in research experiences. Each student works with a faculty member on a research project. Additionally, each student must complete a dissertation study representing original research.
The Science Education concentration is designed to prepare leaders in science education who will shape opportunities for young people to engage in science, develop scientific ways of thinking and acting, and become scientifically literate citizens. We take seriously the potential of scholarly leadership in pedagogy and practice to forge caring, just, and sustainable societies. Our faculty are deeply engaged in outreach efforts, training pre-service teachers, and conducting research across a range of grades and content areas. Following completion of the program, our graduates pursue a variety of careers, including positions as science education faculty, in research firms, in public policy, and in K-12 education leadership.
Our candidates are life-long learners seeking to deepen their knowledge and skills in science education, with a passion for a deeper understanding of teaching and learning. Doctoral candidates work closely with academic advisors to design a program that best reflects each individual student’s background, interests, and goals. Courses serve to deepen candidates’ understanding of research methods, learning theory, the design of educational environments, the content and methodology of science education, and the dynamics of science teaching and learning in a diverse, global society. Successful candidates complete a dissertation study representing original research.
Our program encourages doctoral students to engage in independent research, participation in national science education research organizations, and publication with strong faculty support throughout their graduate program.