Jul 29, 2021  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction

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Admission Requirements

Application for the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in the Department of Teaching and Learning is accomplished through the UNLV Graduate College online application process. Deadline for completed and submitted applications is March 1.

Specific admission criteria for the PhD in Curriculum and Instruction include:

  1. Meet the requirements for admission to the Graduate College of UNLV set forth in the UNLV Graduate catalog.
  2. Hold a master’s degree from an accredited program in an area closely related to the chosen field of specialization. Normally, 18 semester hours in education are required.
  3. Have a grade point average of 3.0 of higher in all graduate level coursework. *Please note that one third of the total program hours may be transferred from another accredited doctoral program.
  4. Have completed a minimum of 2 years of successful professional educational experience upon entrance to the program.
  5. Obtain three letters of recommendation from individuals who can specifically address the applicant’s potential for success in the doctoral program. These letters of recommendation will be requested and submitted through the Graduate College online application system. One of the letters must be from a university faculty member addressing your past academic success and future potential in a doctoral program.
  6. Submit one set of official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities as requested in the Graduate College online application. You may upload unofficial transcripts via the online application as a supplement if you have the documents in a digital computer file (e.g., PDF). Unofficial transcripts do NOT substitute for the official documents.
  7. Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the General Exam. The scores should be sent directly to the Doctoral Studies Office in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Applicants are encouraged to provide self-reported scores for the GRE in the Standardized Tests section of the Graduate College online application.
  8. Submit a Personal Statement via the Graduate College online application that addresses in detail: (a) emphasis area of study [see nota bene below], (b) the reasons for pursuing a doctorate in education, (c) expectations concerning the doctoral program, (d) potential areas of study, and (e) the name of a faculty member in the department with whom you would like to work [optional].
  9. Submit a written statement regarding when the residency requirement will be met (see the Doctoral Handbook, pp. 6, 10-11, & 18; http://ci.unlv.edu/doctoral). This statement should be uploaded via the Graduate College online application in the Supplementary Information section as an “Other Required Document.”
  10. Demonstrate oral communication skills through an interview conducted by members of the C&I graduate faculty. Out-of-state applicants must contact the Coordinator of Doctoral Studies directly to make alternate arrangements to the on-campus interview.
  11. International students are encouraged to self-report their TOEFL scores via the Graduate College online application. Official scores must also be sent directly to the UNLV Graduate College.

N. B. The Department of Teaching and Learning offers doctoral programs in six different emphasis areas: (a) Cultural and International Studies, (b) Instructional Technology, (c) Literacy, (d) Mathematics Education, (e) Science Education, and (f) Teacher Education.. The Ph.D. in Teacher Education is a separate degree program from the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Teacher Education.


Degree Requirements

Doctoral students in the Ph.D. program must complete a minimum of 72 hours of course work beyond their master’s degree. Course work is organized into an emphasis area (27 hours), a cognate (9-12 hours), educational research and statistics (15 hours), internship (6-12 hours), and dissertation (15-24 hours). The doctoral student’s advisor must approve all course work. A plan of study must be filed before the completion of 16 hours of course work. Consult the department’s Coordinator of Doctoral Studies for further information on the process and procedure for filing a program of study. Specific required and recommended courses for each emphasis area can be found in the Doctoral Studies Guide on the department Website.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction degree is awarded to candidates who complete the following:

  1. Maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher for all course work taken at the doctoral level;
  2. Complete a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the master’s degree as stated in the candidate’s program of study;
  3. Complete the residency requirement. The residency experience incorporates, to the greatest extent possible, a spirit of full-time attention from students to their studies during the residency period. Selection of the criteria for fulfilling the residency requirement is under the auspices of the student’s committee with oversight of the Doctoral Studies Coordinator and Doctoral Studies Committee. A formal proposal for the residency period is required from the student. The PhD residency experience will incorporate a focus on activities associated with success in academe (e.g., scholarly writing, classroom and online university teaching, research methods and opportunities, and external funding). The residency period will encompass at least two consecutive terms (may include one summer term).
  4. Attend the Teaching and Learning Department Doctoral Colloquium held periodically throughout their years of study;
  5. Pass a written comprehensive examination taken before commencing with the dissertation;
  6. Complete and successfully defend the dissertation. The candidate must follow the guidelines set forth in Guide to Preparing & Submitting a Thesis or Dissertation available on the Graduate College Web site;
  7. Submit an article for publication in a national refereed journal.
  8. File the appropriate graduation forms with the Graduate College; and
  9. File the original and two copies of the approved dissertation with the Graduate College and one copy of the dissertation with the Teaching and Learning Department.

Career & Technical Education (CTE) Subplan (72 Credit Hours)

Teaching and Learning Department Requirements - (6 credits)

- Select two
CIG 761 - Theoretical Foundations of Education 
CIG 768 - Advanced Curriculum Studies 
CIG 780 - Research on Teaching and Schooling 

Career and Technical Education Subplan Requirements – (18 credits)

EDW 719 - Leadership in Workforce Education and Development 
EDW 745 - Theories of Adult Learning 
EDW 746 - History and Development of Two Year Postsecondary Institution 
EDW 747 - Workforce Education Teaching 
EDW 749R - Evaluation of Workforce Education Programs 
EDW 763 - Readings in Postsecondary Education, Workplace Learning and Performance, and Workforce Education Leadership 

Cognate (12 credit hours)

Courses must be approved by faculty advisor

Research-(15 credit hours + submission of an article for publication in a national refereed journal)

EPY 718 - Qualitative Research Methodologies 
EPY 721 - Descriptive and Inferential Statistics: An Introduction 
CIG 790 - Doctoral Research Seminar 
+ Two additional research courses

Internships (6 credit hours to include a combination of a research internship and/or a college teaching internship)


Dissertation (15-24 credit hours)

CIG 799 - Dissertation 



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