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Doctoral Program

The Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) program offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree to qualified students interested in issues related to educational research with a C&I focus. Upon completion of the program, students will have gained insight into what it means to transition from doctoral student to disciplined scholar.  Specialty areas of study may address topics from any of the following C&I fields:  

  • Art Education
  • Business Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • English Education
  • Foreign Language Education
  • General C&I
  • International/Multicultural Education
  • Industrial Arts Education
  • Literacy Specialization
  • Middle Childhood Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Music Education
  • Professional Development
  • Reading Education
  • Science Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Teaching Studies
  • Urban Education
  • Vocational Education
  • Writing and Language Arts Education
 

Program Resources

 

Application Process

All the application requirements below are submitted to and coordinated through the Division of Graduate Studies. If you have questions about any of the requirements, please contact the Division of Graduate Studies, gradapps@kent.edu, or 330-672-2661.

        Entrance Requirements:

  1. Completion of an Application form.
  2. Submission of two letters of recommendation.
  3. Submission of undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  4. Completion and submission of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. (Minimum Scores: 156 on Verbal Reasoning, 156 on Quantitative Reasoning, and 3.0 on Analytical Writing)
  5. Submission of two writing samples. (One sample is either an essay based on a prompt or a previously developed example of scholarly writing. The other sample is a 500-word essay, which provides a personal rationale for pursuing a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from Kent State University.)
  6. Demonstration of English proficiency by international applicants through one of four tests: Internet-based TOEFL, Computer-based TOEFL, Paper-based TOEFL, or IELTS. (Minimum Scores: Internet-based TOEFL 20 in each competency, Computer-based TOEFL 213, Paper-based TOEFL 550, IELTS 6.5)

Once an applicant's file is complete, the Division of Graduate Studies forwards it to the C&I Program for review by C&I faculty members.

An orientation by email, phone, or in person occurs with C&I Program Coordinator, Dr. James Henderson at jhenders@kent.edu or 330-672-0631.

Personal interviews with three C&I faculty members are also completed. If the personal interviews are not possible, a phone conversation with one or more C&I faculty members serves as a satisfactory alternative. 

Admission decisions are made throughout the year on a rolling basis. Please be advised that while applications to the C&I Ph.D. and Ed.S. are accepted all year, to ensure an application is reviewed for fall admission an applicant should have all required admissions paperwork completed and submitted before March 31st.

Graduate assistantships are available for interested applicants. A student must be fully admitted to the graduate program and have applied by March 31st to qualify for full consideration for a graduate assistantship.

 

Two Phases of the Doctoral Program

Advisory Phase

Once admitted into a C&I Doctoral program, students will be assigned an initial advisor or advisors from the C&I faculty in order to initiate the advisory phase.

Within the first three semesters of their course work, a student must organize an academic advisory committee. The advisory committee may or may not include the initial advisor(s). A student will then work with her or his advisory committee to complete a doctoral study prospectus (i.e., the plan of academic work during the advisory phase).

  1. The advisory phase requires 60 course credit hours beyond the master's degree.
  2. A total of nine years is available for students entering existing graduate coursework to complete the doctoral requirements. A student has four years from the time of admission to complete the advisory phase coursework and comprehensive examinations. A student has five years from the time of entering Candidacy (dissertation phase) to complete all doctoral requirements.
  3. A minor area of study is optional but not required.
  4. C&I Ph.D. students are required to take the following C&I courses:
    • C&I 80089, Residency Seminar I, 3 credits (taken during the first year of coursework)
    • C&I 77001, Fundamentals of Curriculum, 3 credits (prerequisite for C&I 87001)
    • C&I 87000, Theory and Research in Teaching, 3 credits
    • C&I 87001, Theory and Research in Curriculum, 3 credits
    • C&I 87002, Forms of Inquiry in Curriculum and Instruction, 3 credits
    • C&I 80090, Residency Seminar II, 3 credits (taken during the latter half of coursework)
  5. Additional required coursework is noted on the Ph.D. prospectus.
  6. Students must develop and implement a residency plan. The plan should include professional activities normally associated with life in an educational research institution and academic community setting (e.g., attendance and presentations at professional conferences, professional writing and publications, teaching undergraduate courses, workshops, attendance at doctoral defenses). Students may complete these activities collaboratively with faculty members or fellow doctoral students.
  7. Upon completion of the coursework and other requirements lists on the students' prospectus and residency plan, the student engages in written and oral comprehensive examinations that covers academic work accomplished during the advisory phase.
  8. Upon successful completion of the comprehensive examinations, the student enters into Candidacy, better known as the dissertation phase of the doctoral program.
  9. At this point, the student's advisory phase committee is dissolved. The student is responsible to then organize a dissertation committee.

 

Candidacy Phase

  1. The Ph.D. candidate organizes her or his dissertation committee. This committee contains a minimum of two C&I faculty members and one faculty member from a Kent State University Ph.D. program other than Curriculum and Instruction.
  2. The student works with the established committee to successfully write and defend a dissertation proposal.
  3. The student then proceeds through the dissertation process. The committee supervises the research progress and evaluates the final product.
  4. Once the student has successfully defended the dissertation, he or she receives the Ph.D.