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 2021 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 62 doctoral credits and 10 master's credits  transferred from graduate work totalling 72 credit hours
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
  • 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

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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.