Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education
Extend your impact as a leader in curriculum and instruction
Mercer University’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction prepares current educators to become scholars, researchers, and leaders in curriculum and instruction at local, state, and national levels. Candidates will gain a greater understanding of the foundations of planning and implementing curriculum and how to employ data and critical analysis of research to design and evaluate instruction.
Completion of the program and a passing score on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Content Assessment for Curriculum and Instruction will lead to eligibility for a Level 7 Service certification upgrade.
Designed for busy and working adults
Mercer’s Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction is offered in a convenient blended, weekend format, and new cohorts begin once per year in May. Classes are a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online meetings with three Saturday, in-person sessions per semester. Saturday seminars meet on Mercer’s Atlanta campus from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a midday break. The dissertation process is embedded throughout the program, and the supportive cohort model allows for ongoing collaboration with classmates and faculty mentors. In addition to the regular class sessions, students have the opportunity for individual advising and consultation with faculty via a variety of formats. Classes are taken sequentially over 11 semesters in 16-week terms for fall and spring, and an 8-week term in summer.
Expand your knowledge
Through program curriculum, candidates will gain knowledge in:
- The historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of curriculum
- Contexts for planning, implementing, and evaluating curriculum
- Formulating strategies and techniques that incorporate critical analysis of current research and pedagogical approaches