The doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction is committed to preparing a new generation of educators and scholars by engaging them in critical inquiry of educational issues and needs germane to the large cities of the 21st century. Education of new scholars capitalizes on the cultural richness of urban Detroit and its suburbs. Consistent with contemporary understandings of knowledge development and learning sciences, professional educators study the art and craft of constructing learning sequences, teaching and learning modules, assessments, and professional development models and materials. Educational tools and intellectually stimulating empathetic environments are provided to facilitate conceptual understanding, defensible practices, and learning dispositions. Conducting innovative research centered in and informed by theory and practice is endowed with intellectual merit and is intended to have a broad impact on teaching and learning.

The doctoral program adopts an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, acknowledging the relationship among the learner, the learning, and the learning environment and the consequences this approach has for educational theory, policy, and practice. The program emphasizes the interrelationship between cultural/linguistic diversity and learning and utilizes learners’ experiences in curriculum studies. The socio-cultural context of learning in the educative process promotes equity and excellence within larger political and institutional settings. The important frames guiding the doctoral study are the integration of theory and research; the importance of reflection in learning; the role of gender, race, ethnicity, culture, and class as social constructions, which profoundly impact and inform teaching and learning; and the establishment of collaborative partnerships for community-based research. The doctoral program provides a forum that brings together the latest academic and policy discussions, and promotes critical inquiry, discourse, and debate, on the often complex interconnections in education.

Choice of Concentration

At the time of application, you should select an area of concentration. The options are:

  • K-12 General Curriculum
  • A Content Specific Curriculum

The K-12 General Curriculum emphasizes crucial insights and issues of curriculum, teaching, education or teacher education from a broad, general perspective.

A Content Specific Curriculum attends to curriculum issues germane to a particular discipline. The Content Specific Curriculum emphases are:

  • Art Education
  • Bilingual-Bicultural Education
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English Education (Secondary only)
  • English as a Second Language (Ed.D. only)
  • Foreign Language Education (Secondary only)
  • Mathematics Education
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Studies Education

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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