Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with a Concentration in Bilingual-Bicultural Education (Ed.D. only) or Foreign Language Education (Secondary)

Education Doctoral Degrees (Ph.D and Ed.D Programs)

These two doctoral programs are designed to offer opportunity for advanced study and research to persons who have demonstrated:

  1. Superior scholarship;
  2. Leadership in education;
  3. Promise in the field of research; and
  4. Potential leadership for positions in institutions of higher learning, education renewal centers, state and national education agencies, and intermediate and local school districts. 

Advanced graduate degrees are conferred not merely upon the completion of a prescribed number of courses, nor necessarily after a given period of residence; but, rather, in recognition of outstanding ability and high attainment in course work, examinations, research, scholarly writing, and personal fitness for education as a profession.

The Ed.D. degree is typically more application oriented; the Ph.D. degree more research oriented. Ed.D. study includes development of specialized practitioner skills; application of other educational foundations and techniques to a field; or applied research which primarily addresses localized practitioner problems. Ph.D. study includes theoretical foundations in the field; application of foundational or related disciplines; or research directed toward theory-building.


Admission to these programs is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. In addition, applicants to doctoral programs in the College of Education are expected to meet the following minimal criteria:

  1. Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0. Applicants with grade point averages of less than 3.0 for the baccalaureate degree must present a grade point average of 3.5 or above in their master's degree work before being considered for acceptance as doctoral applicants. Some fields of concentration require a higher GPA.
  2. A master's degree from an accredited graduate school.
  3. Some fields of concentration require a minimum of three years teaching experience or equivalent.
  4. Successful completion of a written examination evaluated on writing ability and when deemed appropriate by the program area, knowledge of the field.
  5. Recommendation for admission from an interview committee.
  6. Some fields of concentration require additional testing.


Students who have not been formally admitted to the Graduate School complete an online application, the Graduate School. Students who hold master's degrees from Wayne State University file doctoral Change of Graduate Status applications in 489 Education Building.

Official transcripts of all college-level work, undergraduate and graduate, are to be mailed to the appropriate University office by the institution where the work was completed. Forms and directions detailing prescribed college admission requirements including required College and Departmental writing tests, and personal interview information, will be forwarded by the Academic Services Office, 489 Education Building, after receipt and review of doctoral applications. When all transcripts, test results, recommendations and other credentials, including the autobiographical statement, have been received and prerequisites satisfied, the applicant will be invited to meet with a committee from his/her chosen area of concentration. Following the interview, the student will be notified of the admission decision by the College graduate office.

Doctoral Application Deadlines and Completion of all Required Materials

  • Fall - March 1 (Online Application Due) April 1 (Completion of all required materials)
  • Winter - September 15 (Online Application Due) October 15 (Completion of all required materials)

Doctoral Handbooks for Teacher Education

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