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Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction (PhD C&I, CURR)

Take Charge of Teaching and Learning Initiatives Throughout Your District!

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Curriculum and Instruction, PhD (C&I, Curr)

It can be argued that teaching is a calling, a service to the world. From K-12 classrooms and higher education auditoriums to training and professional development in corporate workspaces, effective teachers and trainers do their part to make the world a better place for us all. As an educator, you know that better than most. But as great as your reach is now, there is a way to make an even bigger difference, through best instruction and assessment practices.

Keiser University is here to help you take your education career to the next level with a doctoral program that covers every aspect of curriculum and instruction. Our Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction will help you develop the skills you need to research, design, and implement effective educational experiences others can use to teach and train across school districts, corporations, and more.

At a Glance

Credit Hours

60 Credit Hours


20 Courses


30 - 48 Months*

Week Terms

8 Week Terms

Credit Info

Up to 18 credits of transfer credit

Quick Info

Career opportunities in curriculum development, educational leadership, post-secondary instruction, and more.



Financial Aid

Financial aid for those who qualify**

** Speak with a dedicated financial aid counselor to explore all your financial aid and funding options.

* Time to degree completion is an estimate, not intended as a guarantee, and can vary based on many case-by-case factors.

Program Overview

Keiser University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction gives educators the tools they need to take charge of curriculum and their careers. This doctoral program is designed to help K-12 teachers and higher education professionals build the knowledge and skills to maximize the entire educational process—teaching and learning. Graduates will have explored the ins and outs of research, design, teaching, assessment, and professional development areas related to P-20 education. They will have the practical abilities and the theoretical insights needed to improve the performance of educational institutions.

Student First Philosophy

Featuring a “Student First” mentality, Keiser University is committed to providing the education students need to excel in their careers and their lives—whether that is in one of our education degrees or one of the dozens of other graduate programs. Our commitment to putting students first leads us to offer a flexible learning option through an online delivery format.

Through our PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, we help education professionals gain the skills and specialization needed to advance their teaching leadership careers throughout the educational landscape.

Know Your “WHY”
Commit to Graduation

Take your education career to the next level with Keiser’s curriculum and instruction PhD program. This doctoral program is specifically designed for educators who aspire to lead the development of curriculum for their organizations and communities, improving overall student learning outcomes with a better mastery of teaching and learning principles and best practices.

What Can You Expect to Learn

Keiser University’s PhD in Curriculum and Instruction program offers the education students need to apply theoretical foundations in curriculum and instruction that lead to better student learning and literacy outcomes. Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Analyze social, historical, and policy factors in the development and practices of curriculum and instruction
  • Apply research processes within the field, including practical design, analysis, and reporting
  • Better understand and respond to diverse political, social, economic, and legal environments to create a shared vision of a learning culture
  • Evaluate and apply best practices in instruction to achieve optimal educational outcomes
  • Advance the body of knowledge through relevant research and scholarship
  • Express their positions clearly through written communication, including documents, presentations, and publications

Program Prerequisites

  • Relevant master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • No GRE is required for any of Keiser University’s graduate-level degrees in education, including this PhD curriculum and instruction program.

Program Outline

To receive a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction, students must earn 60 graduate semester credit hours. Curriculum coursework includes:

  • Foundational Courses
    Ethical and Legal Issues in Education/Leadership 3.0 credit hours
    Policy, Politics, and Community Relations 3.0 credit hours
    Leading Technology Innovation 3.0 credit hours
    Curriculum Design 3.0 credit hours
    Classroom Management 3.0 credit hours
    PhD Curriculum and Instruction Core Courses
    Instructional Design Theory 3.0 credit hours
    Differentiated Instruction 3.0 credit hours
    Curriculum: Advanced Theory and Research 3.0 credit hours
    Instruction: Advanced Theory and Research 3.0 credit hours
    Assessment for Student Learning 3.0 credit hours
    Curriculum and Instruction for Professional Development 3.0 credit hours
    Research Courses
    Quantitative Research I 3.0 credit hours
    Quantitative Research II 3.0 credit hours
    Qualitative Research 3.0 credit hours
    Mixed Methods 3.0 credit hours
    Advanced Research: Pre-Proposal and Literature Review 3.0 credit hours
    Dissertation Courses
    Dissertation 12 credit hours (6 courses at 2 credits each)

    Note: Doctoral students must complete two residencies: one in the first year of the program and the second prior to dissertation.

    • Doctor of Philosophy Residency One
    • Doctor of Philosophy Residency Two

Career Pathways in Curriculum and Instruction

Upon graduation from our curriculum and instruction PhD program, you will have earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction as well as gained the abilities you need to:

  • Lead curriculum development initiatives throughout your district
  • Better understand every aspect of the teaching and learning process
  • Communicate more effectively professionally
  • And more!


Through Keiser’s PhD program, you will gain a mastery of this vital area of specialization in education. Coursework will set you on a path to develop exemplary educational programs for K-12 environments or higher education settings. Upon completion of this program, you will be well prepared to pursue relevant career opportunities, such as:

  • Curriculum specialist for schools
  • Curriculum education administrator
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Principal curriculum specialist
  • Mentor teachers and other educators
  • Curriculum writer or director
  • Instructional consultant
  • And more!

Start Your Curriculum and Instruction PhD Program Now!

Have you been looking for the right PhD Curriculum and Instruction online program to help you achieve your educational leadership goals? You found it at Keiser University. Our doctoral program offers the skills, insight, and credential you need to elevate your career and your future! Learn more about our Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction today by Requesting More Info now!

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Keiser Benefits

We understand that today’s students have many responsibilities and obligations in their lives. At Keiser, we deliver the same quality education through different scheduling options to accommodate busy schedules. Whether you choose day, evening, or online classes, chances are, you will find a schedule that fits yours and allows you to fulfill one of the most important commitments you can make – a commitment to your education.

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Flexibility and Convenience

When you enroll in Keiser University’s programs, you can pursue your educational goals anytime and anywhere you have internet access.
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One Class at a Time

You have the option of taking just one or two classes at a time, allowing you to concentrate on learning while balancing your education with work, family and other responsibilities. With our “students first” focus and small classes, you’ll receive personal attention from your instructors.
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Experienced Faculty

Keiser University’s dedicated, accomplished faculty members are committed to your success. All faculty are prepared and are actively engaged in the fields they teach. You’ll benefit from their wealth of knowledge and real-world experience.
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We are here to help guide YOU through the financial aid process to determine what type of aid you may qualify to receive to support your educational endeavors.


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