Doctoral EdD Degree Program

The primary purposes of the doctoral programs in the Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership are to prepare candidates for positions as teacher educators and researchers in colleges and universities; or, to produce experts in research and development who can lead initiatives to analyze, implement, and evaluate instructional materials and learning environments.

A. Program Admission

Admission to the Graduate School and admission to a specific ICL graduate program are separate procedures. Applicants must submit the following admissions information:

  1. Application to the Graduate School that includes:
    • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score (verbal, quantitative, and writing)
    • Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate study
    • Applicants whose native language is other than English must score at least 550 (or 210 computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  2. Application to the program in the Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (departmental applications can be obtained via the ICL web site that includes:
    • Two letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant's academic background and aptitude for graduate work, specifying in detail the applicant's capabilities for doctoral study and for future performance and scholarship. At least one letter from a college/university professor is preferred.
    • A written statement of 500 to 1000 words (maximum) indicating the intended area of focus in the doctoral program and the applicant's present interests and career goals.
    • Interviews with two faculty members (one from the student's area of interest) that must be completed prior to the College deadlines. The doctoral application file must be completed before an interview will be scheduled. Submit the Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership application to the Graduate Analyst in Ball Hall 215 (3798 Walker Ave, Memphis, TN 38152).
  3. Each student's file will be evaluated prior to full admission to the Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership. Only those files that are completed by the admission deadline will be considered. All application information must be received by February 1 for summer semesters, April 1 for fall semesters, and October 1 for the spring semester with the exception of applications for the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) doctoral program. IDT uses a cohort model with all doctoral students beginning in the summer. As such, IDT doctoral applications are reviewed only once a year and the submission deadline is January 31st.
  4. The above criteria represent the minimum acceptable admission requirements. Depending on the applicant's educational background, the graduate committee may require additional coursework to prepare the student for doctoral studies.

B. Program Requirements for the EdD Degree

  1. A minimum total of 54 post-master's hours.
  2. The major will consist of 42-45 hours, including the department core requirements:  Professional Seminar (ICL 8200), The Nature of Knowledge (ICL 8005), 9-12 hours of dissertation credit (ICL 9000), and 3-6 hours of Research Residency Seminar (ICL 8995). A maximum of 15 hours for ICL 8995 and 9000 will be credited toward the degree. NOTE: Students must adhere to the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide when writing their dissertation.
  3. The research requirement for ICL will consist of  9-12 hours which includes EDPR 8541, 8561, and 3 - 6 additional elective research hours in consultation with advisor. The elective research  hours should consist of courses directed toward research and/or statistical techniques and procedures necessary for the discipline and the dissertation topic. (This does not apply to IDT whose doctoral students are expected to follow the program of study for the IDT major concentration.)
  4. Approved transfer credit or post-master's courses may be accepted for not more than 12 semester hours.
  5. Completion of the college residency requirements.

Additional information pertaining to the major and concentration areas may be secured from the Chair or Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership.