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 seven concentrations — elementary education, English education, learning sciences,  literacy and reading education, mathematics education,  science education and social studies education.

On this page:

Focus Areas

This program is available with a focus in social studies.

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 concentrations:
         - Elementary education
         - English education
         - Learning sciences    
         - Literacy and reading education
         - Mathematics education
         - Science education
         - Social studies 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
  • learning sciences
  • literacy and reading education
  • math education
  • science education
  • social studies 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
Frequently Asked Questions

We have a collection of frequently asked questions that may help you. If your questions are still unanswered, we are glad to help! Contact our admission office.

Questions About the Admission Process?

Graduate School of Education
366 Baldy Hall, North Campus