Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Leadership
About the Program
With the present climate of accountability, there is a substantial demand for educators who have a high level of expertise in school improvement, professional learning, and educational research. Educators who work with various student populations should be able to identify current needs, examine, or explore those needs, and implement practices or policies based on empirical literature to improve those needs. The College of Education and Health Professions (COEHP) at Columbus State University (CSU) is committed to developing this level of expertise through the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Curriculum and Leadership. CSU’s EdD program is intended for classroom educators, school administrators, and district personnel as well as other professionals seeking expertise in curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, and higher education administration. The EdD program offers three distinctive specialization tracks: (1) Curriculum and Instruction; (2) Educational Leadership; and (3) Higher Education Administration.
Both the Curriculum and Instruction and the Educational Leadership Tracks are offered through a blended format of online and face-to-face instruction while the Higher Education Administration track is offered fully online. All three tracks utilize both synchronous and asynchronous online instruction. All three tracks require 63 credit hours through a combination of content-specific coursework, related electives, research coursework, and dissertation hours.
Students in the Curriculum track may, after completing the specialized program track and passing the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) in Curriculum and Instruction, add Curriculum and Instruction certification (i.e., S-7). Program completers in the Educational Leadership specialization track who have certification in Educational Leadership from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) can have their current certification upgrade to the doctoral level (i.e., L-7).
When you earn your Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Leadership degree, you’ll be prepared for a broad range of careers including:
- Educational researcher
- Chief Academic Officer
- Curriculum specialist
- School district superintendent
- Teacher / Professor / Lecturer
Please see our academic catalog for additional information about this degree's requirements.
Curriculum and Instruction Track
The Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) track of the EdD Program is designed for classroom or instructional educators in the P–12 setting. Students in the EDCI track may, after completing the specialized program track and passing the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) in Curriculum and Instruction, add Curriculum and Instruction certification (i.e., S-7).
The EDCI track of the EdD Program is offered in a hybrid format (both online and face-to-face).
Educational Leadership Track
The Educational Leadership (EDUL) track of the EdD Program is designed for school administrators and district personnel in the P–12 setting. Students in the EDUL track who have certification in Educational Leadership from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) can have their current certification upgraded to the doctoral level (i.e., L-7).
The EDUL track of the EdD Program is offered in a hybrid format (both online and face-to-face).
Higher Education Administration Track
The Higher Education Administration (EDHE) track of the EdD Program is designed for those in leadership positions within colleges and universities or those aspiring to serve in leadership positions within the postsecondary setting. EDHE track is not associated with P–12 education and does not lead to teacher certification.
The EDHE track of the EdD Program is offered in a 100% online format.
Please see our admissions page for any general admission requirements or the academic catalog for any degree-specific admission requirements.
Tuition and Fees
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