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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Curriculum and Instruction (CUR)
with a Concentration in Elementary Education (DEE)

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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): 108
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 75

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

Program Director or Coordinator:
Jennifer Jacobs
Phone: 813-974-7522


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Program Information

Please refer to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Literacy Studies, or contact the program for information.

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 doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Elementary Education preparesscholars to understand elementary practice through research and innovation that unites communityengagement and rigorous intellectual inquiry.

The program features opportunities to:
  • Participate in engaged scholarship through collaborative work focused on current educational problems with partner schools and community centers.
  • Develop integrated and interdisciplinary perspectives on elementary educational practice with a commitment to diversity and exploring global perspectives.
  • Explore issues of equity both locally and globally
  • Work both independently and in collaboration with faculty to pursue rigorous research agendas, publish in scholarly journals, and present widely at state, national and international conferences.
  • Engage in learning experiences that ensure the candidate possesses an innovative response to key issues in the field.
Total Program requirements with this concentration:
75 hours minimum

Core Requirement:
     •EEX 7743 - Philosophies of Inquiry(3)
Research Methods and Tools 20 hours minimum
EDF 7408 Statistical Analysis Education II4
EDF 7410 Design of Systematic Studies in Education4
EDF 7437 Advanced Measurement or3
EDF 7484 Statistical Analysis Education III or equivalent course in Statistics/Measurement/Research Design3
EDF 7477 Qualitative Research in Education I or introductory equivalent selectedin conjunction with program committee3-4
EDF 7478 Qualitative Research in Education II or equivalent qualitative course selected with approval from program committee 3-4
 Specialized Research Methods Course determined in conjunction with program committee based on the student's research agenda and priorpresentation3-4
Concentration Requirements 42 hours minimum
Required Courses
EDE 7206 Critical Analysis of Curriculum in Elementary Schools (NEW)3
EDE 7481 Research in Teaching and Learning in Elementary Schools3
EDG 7046 Trends & Issues Ed Policy: Lit & T Ed3
Select 4 courses from the following:
ECE 7317 ICT in the Early Years3
EEC 7627 Arts & Aesthetics in Early Childhood Education3
EEC 7416 Socio-Cultural App to Working w Child3
EEC 7056 Ldshp & Advoc Issues Affecting Yng Ch3
EDG 7931 Working in Schools3
EDG 7201 Differentiated Supn & Prof Dev3
CELS Professional Development Courses12 hours minimum
EDG 7938 Adv Grad Seminar; Intro to Research in Childhood Ed & Lit Studies3
EDG 7939 Adv Grad Seminar: Research in Progress3
EDH 7325 Supervised Teaching in Childhood Ed & Lit Studies I3
EDH 7326 Supervised Teaching in Childhood Ed & Lit Studies II3
Cognate:9 hours min
The cognate can be described as a secondary concentration or sub-specialization area. Coursework must be taken at the graduate level, and is developed in consultation with the major professor and the doctoral committee. The coursework in the cognate is normally developed in support of the student's research objectives.
Qualifying Examination
Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination before admission to candidacy. (See current College of Education Graduate Handbook, Also consult doctoral program major advisor).
Dissertation:4 hours minimum

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