Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School

Curriculum & Instruction

General Information

Degrees Offered

Introduction

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction is a research degree designed to prepare the student to become a scholar who can discover, integrate, and apply knowledge, as well as communicate and disseminate it. The intent of the program is to prepare the student to make a significant original contribution to knowledge in a specialized field. The program prepares students in one of the following specialty concentrations: elementary education, English education, mathematics education, science education, social studies education, reading education, or special education. These areas provide a general structure of course work selections and research emphases. However, students are encouraged to work with faculty to design programs uniquely fitted to their areas of interest.

The program of study for the degree is determined by the student's advisory committee. Every doctoral student must satisfy all requirements of the Graduate School as well as requirements in course work, internships, the comprehensive exam, the dissertation proposal, and oral defense of the dissertation as directed by the student's advisory committee. Doctoral students in Curriculum and Instruction must maintain a B average in all graduate work. The degree usually requires a minimum of 70 semester hours beyond the master's degree selected from the areas prescribed by the requirements of the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.

About the Program

Goals

Through your time in—and through your completion of—the curriculum and instruction graduate program, you will:

  • Be able to critically analyze social, historical, psychological, personal and policy factors in the development and current practices of curriculum and instruction
  • Acquire an understanding of the research processes within the field of curriculum and instruction including practical design, analysis and reporting
  • Understand how to use historical, correlational, descriptive and experimental methods within research in curriculum and instruction
  • Be able to critically analyze and evaluate research reports within the field
  • Be able to prepare scholarly, research-based reports and presentations related to the field

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Joseph Ryan)

Application Requirements

Required Documents

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Joseph Ryan)

Financial Aid

To see the proposed Graduate Tuition Rates for this academic year, click here.

The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.

There are typically a number of grant-funded assistantships, as well as several teaching assistantships for students enrolled in the program. The program strives to support any student who wishes to attend full time. Assistantships are for at least $15,000 per year and include a tuition waiver.

Course of Study

Program of Study

The specific program of study for the degree will be determined by your advisory committee. You must satisfy all requirements of the Graduate School as well as requirements in course work, internships, the comprehensive exam, the dissertation proposal and oral defense of the dissertation as directed by your advisory committee. As a doctoral student in curriculum and instruction, you will also be required to maintain a B average in all graduate work.

The program will prepare you in one of the following education specialty concentrations: elementary, secondary (English, mathematics, science or social studies), reading or special. These areas provide a general structure of course work selections and research emphases. However, you are encouraged to work with faculty to design programs uniquely fitted to your areas of interest.

The final determination of the course of study will be made by your advisory committee.

Current Program

Facilities

The Eugene T. Moore School of Education has four specialized computer labs for instruction and a curriculum lab with a host of curriculum materials. In addition, faculty members and students are supported by the South Carolina Center of Excellence for Instructional Technology Training. Among the Eugene T. Moore School of Education's centers and collaboratives are the following:

  • America Reads
  • Call Me MISTER
  • Community Counseling Clinic
  • Eugene T. Moore Leadership Initiative
  • Houston Center for the Study of Black Experience in Education
  • International Center for Service-Learning and Teacher Education
  • National Dropout Prevention Center
  • Reading Recovery
  • Professional Development Schools
  • SC Center of Excellence for Instructional Technology Training
  • Upstate Writing Project
  • University Center of Greenville
  • SC Center of Excellence for Adolescent Literacy & Learning
  • Network for Educational Renewal

Our Students

You will be mentored such that you will develop skills in undergraduate teaching, grant writing and professional presenting and publishing.

With their PhDs, graduates typically go on to teach or do research in teacher preparation programs in higher education.

Program Coordinators

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