Required / Recommended Courses

Require and Recommended Courses

Some courses are required and others are recommended in the major area, foundation, and research techniques.

Major Area

K-12 General Curriculum Ed.D. and Ph.D. Degrees

TED 8130, TED 8270, TED 8280, and TED 9130 are required if you are pursuing either the Ed. D. degree or Ph. D. degree in K-12 General Curriculum so that you may develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of curricular concepts. You should be able to discern and critically analyze the theoretical perspectives of leading curriculum theorists.

Content Specific Curriculum Ed.D. and Ph.D. Degrees

TED 8130 is required if you are pursuing Ed.D. degree and Ph.D. degree in a Content Specific Curriculum so that you will develop fundamental understandings of what is meant by curriculum studies from the leading curricular theorists’ perspectives.

TED 8280 is required if you are pursuing the Ed.D. or the Ph.D. degree in a Content Specific Curriculum. This is an important course to begin preliminary work on the dissertation. However, the advisor has the option to substitute an equivalent approved course in the Content Specific Curriculum.

TED 9130 is recommended if you are pursuing Ed. D. degree and Ph. D. degree in a Content Specific Curriculum.

K-12 General Curriculum and Content Specific Curriculum Ed.D. and Ph.D. Degrees

TED 9620, Doctoral Internship in Curriculum and Instruction is recommended. If this course is included in the plan of work, you will take one three-hour internship for the Ed.D. degree and two three-hour internships for the Ph.D. degree.

All internships are completed under the direction of and with the agreement of your major advisor. You must develop a written plan for each of the internships.The plan must include provision for the active, continual mentoring by your advisor throughout the internship, a detailed description of the timetable for completion of the internship, a listing of your specific responsibilities, your advisor, and any other individuals (school district officials, for example) involved in the internship, and a process for evaluating the quality of your participation in the internship.

The plan should be completed, approved by your advisor, and submitted to the Assistant Dean of the Teacher Education Division prior to the term in which you enroll for the internship. A grade of S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory) will be assigned for each of the internships.

Some typical experiences might be (but are not limited to) the following: Teaching a college level course; writing grant proposals; conducting a pilot study of the dissertation research; conducting a study other than the dissertation research; planning, implementing, and evaluating curriculum development projects in a school district; organizing a text book adoption process in a school district; managing an accreditation process in a school district; participating in the College of Education accreditation process; and writing a monograph, book, book chapter, or research report, for example.


The Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees require a minimum of 6 semester hours of approved doctoral seminars from outside Curriculum & Instruction and selected from the following courses:

  • EHP 9600 - Doctoral Seminar in Philosophy of Education 3 Cr.
  • EDP 9310 - Doctoral Seminar in Educational Psychology 3 Cr.
  • EDS 9620 - Doctoral Seminar in Educational Sociology 3 Cr.
  • EDA 9790 - Doctoral Seminar in Educational Administration 3 Cr.

Research Techniques

Students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of research technique courses for the Ed.D. program and 15 semester hours of research courses for the Ph.D. program including the following courses required for both programs:

  • EER 7630 - Fundamentals of Statistics 3 Cr.
  • EER 7640 - Fundamentals of Quantitative Research 3 Cr.
  • EER 7900 - Fundamentals of Qualitative Research 3 Cr.

One additional course based on the choice of your research paradigm; either:

  • EER 8900 - Qualitative Design for School Research 3 Cr. Or EER 8992 - Research and Experimental Design 3 Cr.

Additional course work required or recommended by the student’s advisor must be selected from the following list of approved courses:

  • EER 7620  - Practicum in Evaluation 2 - 6 Cr. (Max. 6 Cr.)
  • EER 7650  - Computer Use in Research 3 Cr.
  • EER 7660  - Advanced Statistics Laboratory 1 Cr. (May be requested)
  • EER 8700  - Advanced Qualitative Evaluation: Theory & Practice 3 Cr.
  • EER 8720  - Advanced Quantitative Evaluation: Theory & Practice 3 Cr.
  • EER 8760  - Advanced Measurement I 3 Cr.
  • EER 8770  - Advanced Measurement II 3 Cr.
  • EER 8800 - Variance and Covariance Analysis 3 Cr.
  • EER 8820  - Multivariate Analysis 3 Cr.
  • EER 8840  - Structural Equations 3 Cr. (Max. 9 Cr.)
  • EER 8860  - Nonparametric, Permutation, Exact, & Robust Methods 2 - 6 Cr.
  • EER 8880  - Monte Carlo Methods 1 Cr.

Wayne State University courses not included in this list will not be accepted as meeting the research technique requirement. In addition, any transfer course proposed to meet the research technique requirement must first be approved by an appropriate faculty member of the Educational Evaluation and Research program.

Taking the core courses in research techniques (both basic and advanced) is fundamental to developing a working knowledge to successfully complete the dissertation using a quantitative, a qualitative or mixed design. Developing competencies in understanding and evaluating research articles is paramount. Fluency in research methods is an advantage to compete for, secure, and complete major grants sponsored by a variety of national agencies.

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