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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Curriculum and Instruction (CUR)
with a Concentration in English Education (DCE)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 13.0301
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 107
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 59

Contact Information:
College of Education
Teaching and Learning Department (CNI)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Pat Jones
Phone: 813-974-3533


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List

Program Information

The Curriculum and Instruction degree is offered with a concentration area in English Education. Candidates' programs are planned with the approval of a faculty committee based upon previous experience and future goals.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Refer to each area of concentration for program admission requirements or contact the program for assistance.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

The Curriculum and Instruction degree is offered with a concentration area in English Education. Candidates' programs are planned with the approval of a faculty committee based upon previous experience and future goals. This Program is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

Concentration Admission Information
To be admitted to the English Education Concentration of the doctoral program prospective students must meet the university's minimum admissions requirements which include presenting an earned Bachelor's and Master's degree. A 3.00 grade point average is required for all work completed as an upper division student in the Bachelor's degree, OR a 3.50 grade point average for any work completed in the Master's degree. Additionally, students must provide the following documents to the doctoral program coordinator:
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation from people who can attest to the candidate's capacity to do doctoral work and/or excellence as a classroom teacher
  • A written statement of professional goals
  • Transcripts from previous academic work
  • A writing sample. This could be a published article or a scholarly paper prepared for a previous class that demonstrates capacity as a thinker and writer
  • Official scores from the Graduate Record Exam.
Formal application to the Graduate School must also be made at the time the above documents are submitted. Following a review of the written documentation, prospective students are expected to participate in an interview with the program faculty.

Admission Criteria

The admissions committee will consider each candidate in light of his or her unique submission and qualifications. The expectations used by the faculty are:
  • 3.50 GPA on a 4.00 scale for all graduate work and 3.00 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate studies,
  • An undergraduate major in the English, humanities, English education or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution,
  • A master's degree in English education or closely related field from a regionally accredited institution,
  • Successful teaching experience in a K?12 setting,
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal professional growth and development,
  • Strong academic, analytic and communications skills.
International Students
All applicants whose native language is other than English or who have earned a degree from an institution outside the United States must meet the University requirements relative to international graduate admission, (e.g. TOEFL scores, etc.). In addition to these university requirements, applicants to the College of Education must provide the following:
  • An external, course by course evaluation of the foreign degree by an approved external agency, and based on official transcripts;
  • A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or internships;
  • Other information as required by the program of interest, (e.g. Graduate Record Exam scores, etc.).
Total Program requirements with this concentration:
59 hours minimum

Core Requirement:
     EEX 7743 - Philosophies of Inquiry(3)
Secondary Education Core: 9 hours minimum
ESE 7343 Teaching and Learning in the Content Areas 3
ESE 7944 Collegiate Teaching in Secondary Education3
ESE 7937 Advanced Seminar in Secondary Education3-6
LAE 6906 Independent Study (optional and may be substituted for one ofabove with approval of Doctoral Committee)3
Statistics/Measurement/Research Design: 16 hours minimum
EDF 7408 Statistical Analysis II
Note: EDF 6407 pre-req for this course
EDF 7410 Design of Systematic Studies in Education4
EDF 7477 Qualitative Research in Education I4
EDF 7478 Qualitative Research in Education II4
Additional courses to be determined by the program faculty based on the orientation of the student's research agenda and prior preparation.
Cognate: 3-9 hours minimum
LAE students may complete a cognate or a set of electives. These courses must be consistent with the student's program of study and selected with the approval of a program committee. Courses in the Cognate must be taken at the graduate level.
Concentration Requirements 24-30 hours minimum
The following four seminars are required:
LAE 7735 Advanced Seminar in English Education: Language and Literacy3
LAE 7735 Advanced Seminar in English Education: Teacher Education3
LAE 7735 Advanced Seminar in English Education: Writing3
LAE 7735 Advanced Seminar in English Education: Research3
LAE 7910 Directed Research in LAE12*
*3 hours repeated with LAE 7735 each semester. This course engages students in establishing a current active research/scholarly agenda that leads toward independent scholarship and successful, timely completion of the doctoral degree. Additional courses in this area will be determined by the student's research interests.

Doctoral Qualifying Examination
Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination before admission to candidacy. English Education uses the College of Education Qualifying Exam Option. Consult Faculty Program contact for specific information.
Dissertation 4 hours minimum

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

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New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

EDG7931, EDG7667, EDG7692, EDH7225, EDF6407, EDF7408, EDF7410, EDF7477, EEX7743, EDF7145, EDG7931, EDG7931, EDG7931, EDG7931, EDG7980,