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Doctor of Philosophy in Education - Curriculum and Instruction Concentration

Dr. Richard C. Overbaugh, Graduate Program Director

The Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction at the Darden College of Education of Old Dominion University, with concentrations in Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, and Literacy Leadership provides the opportunity for students to become scholarly leaders to serve our nation's schools, colleges, universities and related agencies such as business, government, and research institutions to contribute to global education. The curricula is solidly grounded in interpreting and producing research, use of technology to enhance the teaching/learning process, equity, and leadership, which are woven into common core courses and concentration-specific courses. 


Curriculum and Instruction

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction is the degree most often desired by classroom teachers and school librarians. The program of study includes core courses shared by all three concentrations plus the freedom to choose courses that meet individual specialty area interests (e.g., library science, mathematics, social studies, instructional technology, etc.)  Students are prepared to be scholarly leaders for academic positions in higher education or in K12 schools. 

Literacy Leadership

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a concentration in Literacy Leadership is a degree with a unique focus to prepare individuals as literacy professionals for leadership and supervisory roles, teaching literacy curriculum and instruction in higher education, and/or consulting for educational organizations or private industry. The program provides study of theories, methodologies, and research with opportunities to develop individual expertise in research, writing, and pedagogy. 


Early Childhood Education

The PhD in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education program, through its integral partnership with the Old Dominion University Child Study and Development Centers, focuses on the multidisciplinary study of the cognitive, language, and healthy social/emotional development of young children from birth to age nine. The program prepares students to become faculty in colleges and universities and senior administrators in institutions and agencies.


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