Current Student Resources

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Program Policies And Forms

Program Requirements

Ph.D. Student HandbookPDF
EDCI Three Year Course SchedulePDF
Planning a Doctoral Program of Study [Digital Planning Sheets]Webpage

Concentration Planning Sheets (beginning 2021-2022)


Curriculum and Educator Development (CED) Concentration Plan of Study

– Includes Elementary Education Concentration


Learning, Design and Technology (LDT) Concentration Plan of Study

Literacy Education Concentration Plan of StudyPDF
Math Education Concentration Plan of StudyPDF
Urban Education Concentration Plan of StudyPDF

Concentration Planning Sheets (prior to 2021-2022)

Elementary Education Concentration Plan of StudyPDF
Literacy Education Concentration Plan of StudyPDF
Math Education Concentration Plan of StudyPDF
Urban Education Concentration Plan of StudyPDF

Additional Certificates to Add-on to the Ph.D. Degree


Advanced Literacy Instruction & Intervention

Non-Teaching Areas

These programs are for individuals who are interested in learning about a specific topic or expanding their knowledge base that will assist them in furthering their career.

Degree Requirement RESOURCES


Continuous Enrollment Policy

Doctoral students in the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction are expected to follow university policies including the requirement to maintain continuousenrollment in the research (dissertation) phase of the degree. Continuousenrollmentapplies to the academic year (fall and spring semesters) and begins with the dissertation proposal course.  The dissertation proposal course, EDCI 8699, initiates the research phase of the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction degree. The research phase continues following EDCI 8699 with enrollment in dissertation research, EDCI 8999.   

If there are circumstances beyond a doctoral candidate’s control whereby they cannot maintain continuousenrollment during the academic year, the candidate should submit an academic petition to request a leave of absence. Doctoral candidates are not permitted to work with faculty during a leave of absence.  Moreover, if doctoral candidates do not enroll in a course during the academic year, they are not permitted to use university resources including faculty time, expertise and mentorship.  

During the summer, doctoral candidates may work independently on their dissertation. However, if they choose to consult with or work with faculty including the dissertation chair or committee during the summer months, candidates are expected to enroll in dissertation research hours or an independent study.   

If doctoral candidates are planning to defend their dissertation proposal, they are required to enroll in the university in the semester in which the dissertation proposal defense occurs. This includes both the academic year (fall/spring semesters) and the summer sessions.  The dissertation proposal defense requires the use of university resources, including your dissertation committee members’ time and expertise.  




Graduate and Postdoctoral Writing Center

The Graduate and Postdoctoral Writing Center offers writing support programs for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to refine their writing and communication skills. The GPWC offers a range of writing support to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, including writing groups, workshops, retreats and individual writing consultations. Both in-person and virtual consultations are available with the GPWC’s Doctoral Writing Fellows, who can provide feedback on class assignments, theses, dissertations and other academic genres.  

DegreeWorks and Dissertation Research Requirements

During the dissertation research phase of the degree, doctoral candidates must gain IRB approval or exemption.  IRB documentation is emailed to the Graduate School: Once processed IRB approval or exemption will be noted in the Notes Section of DegreeWorks: IRB/IACUC/IBC approved (date approved). 
When doctoral candidate completes the final dissertation defense, in addition to required Graduate School forms, they must also submit a signed dissertation title page. This is emailed to the Graduate School:  Completion of the signed dissertation title page will also be documented in DegreeWorks in the Notes Section.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Directions to IRB Page: Human Subjects | Research & Economic Development | UNC Charlotte

As of July 1, 2021 all new IRB Applications must be submitted through Niner Research

Human Subjects Training

  1. Go to: http://research.
  2. Scroll down to “On-line Training Tutorial for Human Subjects Research (Required For IRB Approval)”
  3. Choose the type of tutorial you need (Human)
  4. Enter your email address and password (you need to enter this in order to have a record that you took the tutorial.)
  5. Continue through the tutorial.​

As of July 9th, 2021 IRBIS is no longer available for any type of new submission (Initial Application, Modification, Renewal and Study Closure).

IRBIS is still available for administrative and PI’s actions.

iThenticate Report

To see your report, click on the grey rectangular box (with the percentage in it).

To create a PDF of the report, click on the printer icon on the bottom left of the screen, and choose to print or create a PDF.

This PDF is for committee members who were not included in the list of faculty at the beginning or are from outside UNC Charlotte.

Contact the Office of Middle, Secondary, K-12 Education

Phone: 704-687-8875 or 704-687-8878
Fax: 704-687-1630