GWU education class

The Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction will prepare learners to become instructional leaders who will create and strategically manage processes related to curriculum,instruction, and assessment. Students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of educational practices and acquire tools needed to provide professional leadership in curriculum, teacher education, and professional development in the schools.

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The purpose of the Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is to develop curriculum leaders through courses, research, seminars, and internships conducted in an environment based on Christian principles and values. The program is designed to offer the depth of a concentration and the breadth of a cross-disciplinary perspective to develop curricular leaders who can shape educational practices at all levels.

Schools and organizations are dynamic institutions whose practice is shaped by powerful and influential interests. As a result, the economic, political, social, and technological environments of organizations deal with constant change.

The Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program goals are:

  1. To engage candidates in critical analysis of curriculum theory and practice;
  2. To engage candidates in disciplined inquiry in the field of curriculum and instruction;
  3. To prepare candidates for making contributions to curriculum theory and practice; and
  4. To prepare candidates to become curriculum leaders in organizations.

Gardner-Webb University’s School of Education offers a learning environment that supports Christian values in the classroom. You will gain valuable professional preparation to succeed in your career and help your future students succeed in school. You will also benefit from spiritual support that prepares you for ethical, inspired leadership.

Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction students develop professional learning modules based on needs identified through assessments of their own schools and school districts. Modules are developed in accordance with a comprehensive rubric, assessed by cross-cohort peers, and evaluated by faculty. Certain modules are identified to be published in Digital Commons, an institutional repository maintained by Gardner-Webb University’s Dover Library, for use by other educators. This collection of professional learning modules is titled IMPROVE (Instructional modules for professional learning: Responding to opportunities and valuing educators).

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and Potential and will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, and beliefs that will enable you to function effectively in curriculum roles.

Students in the Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction program must hold at least a Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 grade point average on all graduate-level work. A minimum of three years of experience is preferred and a teacher's license is required. Applicants without a teaching license must provide a letter stating their teaching experience. Each semester students will take one module, consisting of six integrated semester hours as well as a one-semester hour seminar.

The 63-credit hour program is offered in a weekend format with participants required to attend class seven weekends per fall and spring semesters. Each weekend consists of Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the summer months, you will arrange a meeting schedule with your cohort. This process continues for two years until classroom studies are completed. After this, your next two semesters will be six-hour and three-hour dissertation semesters respectively, thus concluding your program. The electronic portfolio, a requirement for your degree, will be created and stored online in a product called TaskStream.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

EdD in Curriculum and Instruction Earns National Recognition for Commitment to Quality Course Design

2015 – Quality Matters (QM), a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer-review process that certifies the quality of online courses, has recognized a course co-authored by Dr. Sydney Brown and Dr. Jennifer Putnam in the EdD program in Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education at Gardner- Webb University. The course, EDCI 700-Theory Development, earned national recognition for commitment to quality assurance by meeting Quality Matters standards.

Quality Matters has developed a widely respected set of standards for the design of effective online courses and a rigorous, faculty peer review process for applying these standards to existing courses. Through this process, reviewers provide instructors and instructional design teams with insights and recommendations that increase learner engagement, retention and satisfaction, and, ultimately, learner achievement.

Quality Matters (QM) is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach to continuous improvement in online education and student learning. QM subscribers include community and technical colleges, colleges and universities, K-12 schools and systems, government agencies, corporations, and other education-related organizations.

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