Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

The Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction received the 2023 Charlotte Excellence in Planning and Assessment from the Office of Assessment and Accreditation

The Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction is an interdisciplinary degree program involving faculty from across the UNC Charlotte campus, and primarily the Departments of English; Mathematics and Statistics; Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education; Reading and Elementary Education; Educational Leadership; and many others across the UNC Charlotte campus. The Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to prepare teacher education faculty and other educational professionals for work in various agency, policy, non-profit, and educational settings.

The program offers the following five areas of concentration, all of which emphasize the context of urban education issues and perspectives related to curriculum and instruction:

Curriculum and Educator Development (CED)

Curriculum and Educator Development (CED) with research and theory applied to problems and applications of curriculum, instruction, learning, teaching, teacher education, professional development, and teacher leadership in K-12 and higher education. Emphases within the concentration include Elementary Education, Middle Grades and/or Secondary Education, K-12 Curriculum Specialization and Professional Development.

  1. Elementary Education with research and theory applied to problems of learning and teaching in elementary education. [NOTE: This concentration became an emphasis within the Curriculum and Educator Development (CED) Concentration in 2021-2022.]
Learning, Design and Technology (LDT)

Learning, Design and Technology (LDT) with research and theory applied in the design of effective learning experiences and environments that incorporate technology to address educational needs and problems in elementary, middle/secondary, or post-secondary settings with an emphasis on urban contexts.

Literacy Education

Literacy Education with research and theory applied to problems of literacy and language learning and instruction, oriented toward Reading, English Education, and Teaching English as a Second Language.

Mathematics Education

Mathematics Education with research and theory applied to problems of learning and teaching mathematics. Students focus on elementary, middle/secondary, or post-secondary.

Urban Education

Urban Education with research and theory applied to critical social issues affecting schools and society from a historical, contemporary, and theoretical perspective in a global context. In order to address the complexities of urban schooling, this program is interdisciplinary and draws on education, public policy, sociology, anthropology, and ethnic studies.

Upcoming Events

Student Spotlight

Current student Nicholas Gathings’ book review on How Schools Meet Students’ Needs — Inequality, School Reform, and Caring Labor by Katie Kerstetter was published in the February issue of the American School Board Journal.

American School Board Journal February 2024 Issue

On October 26th, current doctoral student Brandon Johnson and the Lake Norman Charter’s administrative team engaged in meaningful dialogue with future teacher candidates. LNCharter wrote in their Facebook post: “We welcome future opportunities to learn, lead and serve in this capacity and applaud Professor Johnson for his innovative approach to teacher preparation.”

Lake Norman Charter Facebook posting

Alumni Spotlight

Marquis Mason

Marquis Mason was awarded the 2021 Faye Jacques Memorial Graduate Fellowship.

Jimmeka Anderson - Recipeint of the 2021 Lucille P. and edward c. giles dissertation graduate fellowship

Jimmeka Anderson was a recipient of the 2021 Lucille P. and Edward C. Giles Dissertation Graduate Fellowship.

Featured in Ebony Magazine Discussing Black Girls Film Camp and the importance of media literacy.

Chris Weiss – Begins an Assistant Professor Position At Ohio University

Julie Bacak – Starts a Professor Position at Temple University


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

Email: ci-phd@charlotte.edu (preferred)

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

Fax: 704-687-1630