Ph.D. in Education - Curriculum & Instruction
Combining theory with practical application, the Ph.D. in Education Curriculum and Instruction program prepares graduates for a range of careers both in and out of academia. This is a research-based, full-time program that is offered in Charlottesville only.
The Ph.D. in Education – Curriculum and Instruction (C&I Ph.D.) is a terminal graduate degree that prepares graduates for positions in university settings (e.g., in research intensive universities, liberal arts colleges, and other post-secondary institutions), school districts, government agencies, and non-governmental agencies (NGOs).
The C&I Ph.D. program emphasizes development of strong foundational knowledge in theory and the practical application of theory in one’s chosen fields of study. A thorough understanding of all aspects of the research process is key, including: development of research questions and hypotheses, research design, analysis and interpretation, dissemination of results in both oral and written formats, and grant writing to fund research. C&I Ph.D. students take extensive coursework in research methods and many focus on optional areas of emphasis. These optional areas include: Diverse Learners and Learning Contexts and Teacher Education/Teacher Quality.
The GRE is not required for applicants applying to begin in 2021. Due to test center closures related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic applicants may apply without submitting GRE scores.
We recommend that applicants to the Ph.D. in Education – Curriculum and Instruction (C&I Ph.D.) program have an approved master’s degree and three or more years of full-time K-12 teaching experience. Applications must include a professional goal statement (1 to 2 pages) and writing sample (10 to 15 pages) from the applicant’s master's program or equivalent. Applications must also include three recommendation letters, including two that address the applicant’s potential for doctoral study in a research training program. Include unofficial transcripts verifying baccalaureate and master's degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants must include GRE scores that meet the Curry School’s minimum entrance requirements for doctoral study: 153 Verbal, 148 Quantitative and 4.5 in Analytic Writing. Unofficial scores are accepted for applying; however, once admitted official scores will be required.
Most C&I Ph.D. applicants who are admitted to the full-time C&I Ph.D. program will be offered four years of funding. A typical funding package includes (a) a minimum of $18,000 for 9 months in a combination of wages and stipends, (b) tuition and all mandatory fees, and (c) funds to cover student health insurance costs. In exchange for receiving this funding, most C&I Ph.D. students work 20 hours a week as graduate assistants from mid-August through mid-May each year that they receive funding. Graduate assistantships can include, for example, assisting in the instruction of university courses, supervising UVA teaching interns (i.e., student teachers), and/or serving as research assistants on faculty research projects. In addition, there are sometimes opportunities to work as research assistants on faculty projects during the summer. Part-time students are not eligible for graduate assistantships.
Students may apply for federal financial aid, including work-study. Information about federal aid programs, including applying using the FAFSA, can be found through Student Financial Services. Additional financial aid information can be found on Curry's Financial Aid webpage.
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.