Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education
The Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education specialization is designed for people who want an in-depth understanding of the issues and that are faced by curriculum and teacher education specialists, regardless of whether they are leaders in a classroom, at central office, an agency, a professional organization, the community college or the university. The program provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of the philosophical, cultural, ethical, political, and historical contexts that influence curriculum design, development, delivery, and evaluation.
Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, concentration in Curriculum Studies/Teacher Education (CSTE).
Modes of Delivery
Hybrid/blended distance education: This is a cohort model where all courses are delivered online in a sequenced format with the same students for the entire duration. Students are required to participate in a summer intensive for the first 3 summers after initial enrollment. Duration of summer intensive is from 1-2 weeks.
On-campus students: This is for students who wish to have their courses delivered face-to-face but can also take the occasional online course. This mode of delivery is suitable for those who wish to apply for graduate assistantships and work with professors in research projects. It is also suitable for those who want to apply for teaching assistantships and teach undergraduate students.
Career Opportunities With This Degree
A Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction may prepare you to work as a teacher, trainer, or education researcher. The degree can also lead to work in academia, government and business. It can also lead to a teaching career at the university level. If you are an EC-12 teacher, a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction may provide opportunities for leadership roles as curriculum and instructional leaders in your school or district. This degree will provide coursework in research methods, statistics, and policy. These areas are highly valued in government agencies and businesses. Large corporations often have their own education departments and have needs for curriculum designers and trainers.
All programs require that you submit an online application through the Graduate School.
College Transcripts – Send unofficial copies of all transcripts to the Texas Tech Graduate School at email@example.com. The transcripts must be in PDF format and no larger than 2 MB. Multiple attachments per email will be accepted. Grade reports or unofficial transcripts from university web portals will not be accepted. Please redact the Social Security Number anywhere it appears on your transcript. If documents are written in a language other than English, a copy of a complete and official English translation must be provided with the original language records.
* Official transcripts will be required during your first semester if you are admitted to your desired program.
* International applicants will need to submit additional materials. Please review the Graduate School website for more information.
Required Supplemental Application Materials
GRE Scores, Resume, Three Professional Recommendations, Applicant Statement, Writing Sample. Download a comprehensive list of requirements.
Please visit the Graduate Application Process for more information on how to apply.
Application deadline: February 1st
Decisions made and notification by: May 31st
This program requires official GRE scores. Scores must no more than 5 years old at the time of application. Official GRE scores must be sent from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to the Texas Tech Graduate School. To register for the examination please visit the GRE Testing website. Texas Tech University's code is 6827.
Semester in which the program can be started
Fall enrollment only.
Estimated Hours to Completion
93-99 hours of coursework.
Allowable Transfer Hours
30 hours maximum.
Scholarships and assistantships for doctoral students are available through the office of graduate education and research in the College of Education.
Tuition & Fees
Visit the Student Business Services website to estimate your costs.
Dr. Fanni Coward
Interim Department Chair