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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Curriculum and Instruction (CUR)
with a Concentration in Teacher Education (TED)

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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:
Allan Feldman
Phone: 813-974-2471


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Program Information

The Curriculum and Instruction degree is offered with a concentration area in Social Science Education. Each program is highly individualized. 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

Offered from the Department of Teaching and Learning. A minimum of 60 hours beyond the Master's degree is required.
The doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Teacher Education prepares students to become scholars and practitioners in the field of teacher education. The Specialization engages students in course work, research, and professional experience in school and community settings. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the scholarships of teaching, service and research.

The Concentration 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 teacher education 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 teacher education and their Area of Emphasis (e.g., subject area or level).
  • Participate in teacher education programs as teaching assistants.
  • Engage in scholarship of teaching and learning.

Concentration Admission Requirements

  • Earned degrees from regionally accredited institutions or an international equivalent.
  • Submit official GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Interview (preferably in person or telephone/Internet).
  • Personal Statement of goals and philosophy related to teacher education.
  • Recommendations from Specialization Faculty.
  • 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 a field appropriate to the applicants expected Area of Emphasis from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A masters degree in a field appropriate to the applicants expected Area of Emphasis from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Successful teaching experience in a formal or informal education P?12 setting.
  • Demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and social justice.

Total Program requirements with this concentration: 60 hours minimum
Core Requirement
EEX 7743 (3) Philosophies of Inquiry

Research Methods and Tools 12-16 hours minimum
Selection of four 7000 level quantitative, qualitative or methodological courses approved by the students program committee.

Concentration Requirements - 1 8 hours minimum
DE 7481 Teacher Education Seminar (students will enroll at least three times)

t least three other courses approved by the students program committee such as:

EDG 7XXX Critical Pedagogy in Teacher Education
ESE 7220 Curriculum Frameworks for Teacher Preparation
ESE 7346 Collegiate Teaching in Secondary Education
EDF 7946 Supervised Experience in College Teaching
EDG 7626 Supervised Teaching in Childhood Education & Literacy Studies I
EDE 7327 Differentiated Supervision and Professional Development
ESE 7XXX Design and Evaluation of Teacher Education Programs
Or other courses approved by doctoral committee.

Teacher Education Area of Emphasis - 9 hours minimum
A minimum of three courses in teaching and learning in a subject area (e.g., English, Social Studies, Science, Math, Foreign Language); at a level (e.g., Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Middle School, High School); and/or in a specialized area (e.g., Special Education) approved by the students program committee.

Research Practicum in the Area of Emphasis - 6 hours minimum
Students will be expected to engage in research activities under the direction of a Area of Emphasis faculty member that will lead to the development of the students knowledge and skills needed to write literature reviews, and design and conduct research studies. .

Qualifying Examination
Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination before admission to candidacy. (See current College of Education Graduate Handbook, and consult with doctoral program major advisor).

Dissertation - 12 hours minimum
EDG 7980 (12) Dissertation

College Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

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