Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning, PhD

Our doctoral program in curriculum, instruction and the science of learning is a multidisciplinary program that focuses on addressing practical educational problems through research in diverse contexts for learning and teaching. You can create your own customized program to meet your research and career interests in one of these five concentrations — elementary education, English education, literacy and reading education, mathematics education and science education — or in the general track that allows for an innovative interdisciplinary focus.

Registration Information

We are in the process of reviewing and enhancing this program to further meet the needs of our students.

We are currently only accepting applications for full-time, on-campus students for the fall 2022 semester.

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Why Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning at UB?

While educational programs in curriculum and instruction are common, this program stands out by emphasizing the science of learning — a 21st-century approach to developing evidenced-based practice through design research.

In this program, you can:

  • Customize the program to meet your particular research and career interests, or follow the general track for an an innovative interdisciplinary focus; if you customize the program, you can choose from these five concentrations:
         - Elementary education
         - English education
         - Literacy and reading education
         - Mathematics education
         - Science education
  • Investigate and solve complex educational problems involving multiple disciplines
  • Participate in cutting-edge research
  • Work directly with faculty experts at the forefront of educational innovations

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Credits required for completion 72: 62 doctoral credits and 10 credits transferred from master’s
Time to completion 4 to 5+ years
Course delivery On campus
Optional concentrations
  • elementary education
  • English education
  • literacy and reading education
  • math education
  • science education
Careers
  • corporate trainer
  • curriculum specialist
  • educational consultant
  • educational program officer
  • evaluation and assessment specialist
  • faculty member in colleges and universities
  • instructional coordinator
  • instructor
  • online program coordinator
  • research specialist
Internship/Student teaching hours Optional teaching and research experiences
Application deadline Fall: Jan. 1

Program Faculty

Abramovich, Samuel

Samuel Abramovich

Associate Professor
Learning And Instruction

Associate Professor
Information Science

511 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-3174

Email: samuelab@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Achievement; Assessment; Cognition; Cultural Studies; Design and Analysis of Longitudinal Research; Design Experiments; Educational technology; Evaluation; Gamification; Information Science; Large-Scale Assessment and Research; Learning Design; Measurements; Online and Distance Learning; Qualitative Research Methods; Quantitative Research Methods; Research Design; Research Methods

Anderson, Blythe

Blythe Anderson

Assistant Professor
Learning And Instruction

505 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2455

Email: blythean@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Curriculum and Instruction; Discourse analysis; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Literacy; Professional / Staff Development; Reading Instruction; Writing Instruction

Boyd, Maureen

Maureen Boyd

Professor
Learning And Instruction

505 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2455

Email: mpboyd@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Curriculum and Instruction; Elementary Education; Linguistic, Discourse, and Sociocultural Context; Literacy; Qualitative Research Methods

Bruce, David

David Bruce

Associate Professor
Learning And Instruction

505 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2455

Email: dlbruce@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Curriculum and Instruction; Educational technology; English Education; Equity and Poverty; Multimodality; Qualitative Research Methods; School and Community Partnerships

Chang, Yunjeong

Yunjeong Chang

Assistant Professor
Learning And Instruction

505 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2455

Email: ychang28@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Cognition; Computer Science Education; Digital Media and Learning; Diversity; Educational technology; Educator Preparation; Engineering Education; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Higher Education; Learning Communities; Learning Design; Online and Distance Learning; Problem Based Learning; Professional / Staff Development; Qualitative Research Methods; Quantitative Research Methods; Science Education

Flood, Virginia

Virginia Flood

Assistant Professor
Learning And Instruction

505 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2455

Email: vflood@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Computer Science Education; Educational technology; Embodiment; Interaction analysis; Learning Sciences; Linguistic, Discourse, and Sociocultural Context; Mathematics Education; Multimodality; Qualitative Research Methods; Science Education; STEM education

Gorlewski, Julie

Julie Gorlewski

Associate Professor
Learning And Instruction

505 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2455

Email: jgorlews@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Curriculum and Instruction; Educator Preparation; English Education; Qualitative Research Methods; School and Community Partnerships

Honwad, Sameer

Sameer Honwad

Assistant Professor
Learning And Instruction

505 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2455

Email: sameerho@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Cognition; Cultural Studies; Design and Analysis of Longitudinal Research; Design Experiments; Diversity; Environmental Education; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Global Issues; International Education; Learning Communities; Learning Design; Problem Based Learning; Race, Inequality, and Education; Research Design; Science Education

Karalis Noel, Tiffany

Tiffany Karalis Noel

Clinical Assistant Professor
Learning And Instruction

505 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2455

Email: tbkarali@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Bullying; Curriculum and Instruction; Educator Preparation; English Education; ESL  / ENL / Bilingual; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Higher Education; Linguistic, Discourse, and Sociocultural Context; Literacy; Professional / Staff Development; Qualitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Social and Emotional Development

Kim, Sunha

Sunha Kim

Assistant Professor
Counseling, School And Educational Psychology

Assistant Professor
Learning And Instruction

423 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-1127

Email: sunhakim@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Achievement; Assessment; Big Data; Curriculum and Instruction; Design and Analysis of Longitudinal Research; Design Experiments; Digital Innovations; Digital Media and Learning; Diversity; Educational Policy; Evaluation; Gamification; Immigrant Issues; Large-Scale Assessment and Research; Mathematics Education; Online and Distance Learning; Professional / Staff Development; Psychometrics; Quantitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Research Design; Research Methods; School and District Reform; Statistical Methods and Applications in Statistical Issues

Liu, Xiufeng

Xiufeng Liu

Professor
Learning And Instruction

518 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-4050

Email: xliu5@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Evaluation; Measurements; Psychometrics; Quantitative Research Methods; Science Education

McVee, Mary

Mary McVee

Professor
Learning And Instruction

581 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2458

Email: mcvee@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Cultural Studies; Curriculum and Instruction; Design Experiments; Digital Media and Learning; Diversity; Ethnography; Immigrant Issues; Linguistic, Discourse, and Sociocultural Context; Literacy; Multimodality, Embodiment, and Digital Literacy; Qualitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Reading Instruction; Research Design; Research Methods

Proctor, Christopher

Christopher Proctor

Assistant Professor
Learning And Instruction

505 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2455

Email: chrisp@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Assessment; Computer Science Education; Curriculum and Instruction; Design Experiments; Digital Media and Learning; Educational technology; Information Science; Learning Design; Linguistic, Discourse, and Sociocultural Context; Literacy; Race, Inequality, and Education

Rish, Ryan

Ryan Rish

Assistant Professor
Learning And Instruction

568 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-4000

Email: ryanrish@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Digital Media and Learning; English Education; Ethnography; Multimodality; Multimodality, Embodiment, and Digital Literacy; Qualitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Research Design; Research Methods

Robert, Sarah

Sarah Robert

Associate Professor
Learning And Instruction

514 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-4046

Email: sarah@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Educational Policy; Ethnography; Gender Studies; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Global Issues; International Education; Politics of Education; Qualitative Research Methods; Sociology of Education

Schindel, Alexandra

Alexandra Schindel

Associate Professor
Learning And Instruction

564 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-4067

Email: schindel@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Curriculum and Instruction; Diversity; Environmental Education; Equity and Poverty; Learning Sciences; Qualitative Research Methods; Science Education; Social Justice; Urban Education

Son, Ji-Won

Ji-Won Son

Associate Professor
Learning And Instruction

569 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-4030

Email: jiwonson@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Cognition; Cognitive Psychology; Curriculum and Instruction; Design Experiments; Diversity; Educator Preparation; ESL  / ENL / Bilingual; Gender, Culture, and Equity; International Education; Learning Design; Mathematics Education; Problem Based Learning; Qualitative Research Methods; Quantitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Racism and AntiBlackness; STEM education

Strong, John

John Strong

Assistant Professor
Learning And Instruction

505 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-4000

Email: jstrong3@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Achievement; Assessment; Curriculum and Instruction; Elementary Education; English Education; Equity and Poverty; Evaluation; Literacy; Quantitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Reading Instruction; Research Design; Research Methods; Standards; Writing Instruction

Waight, Noemi

Noemi Waight

Associate Professor
Learning And Instruction

505 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2455

Email: nwaight@buffalo.edu

Research Areas: Access and Equity; Assessment; Cognition; Curriculum and Instruction; Digital Innovations; Digital Media and Learning; Diversity; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Global Issues; Leadership; Learning Design; Problem Based Learning; Qualitative Research Methods; Race, Inequality, and Education; Science Education; Urban Education

Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions About the Admission Process?

Graduate School of Education
366 Baldy Hall, North Campus
716-645-2110
gseinfo@buffalo.edu

University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.