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Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction — Elementary Education EdD

Candidates for the degree must complete the Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction Core coursework (30 hours as seen above), an emphasis area (18 hours), and the dissertation (12 hours) as well as the 12 hours of research tool courses for a total of 72 hours.  Students without a master’s degree or with a master’s degree that is not appropriate to the selected area must complete an additional 15 semester hours of studies in a cognate area and 15 hours of approved electives, raising the total minimum to 90 semester hours, excluding the research tool courses.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate proficiency in the use of research tools to the satisfaction of the major department. The candidate also must complete doctoral residency activities (examples are seen below with detailed information to satisfy this requirement).

Written comprehensive or qualifying examinations as well as oral examinations will be conducted in the major area of studies (SCI core requirements), the support area and, when applicable, in the cognate and elective areas. A minimum of 12 semester hours of EDCI 718 Doct Dissertation is required.

Departmental Doctoral Residency Policy

Each student is required to complete residency after admission to the doctoral program and prior to completing qualifying exams. Residency activities provides students with more in-depth experiences than occurs when students are simply enrolled in doctoral classes. Students have opportunities to work with other doctoral students and faculty members as colleagues in research projects that provide experience and training toward independent application of skills, which are commensurate with holders of doctoral degrees.

1. 5 Areas of Residency

Below are 5 areas the residency plan should include, plus examples of activities that would fulfill each area.

  1.  Opportunities to become involved in events to broaden intellectual growth. For example:
    • Departmental Doctoral Email Network provides information about ongoing opportunities such as attendance at colloquiums, and opportunities for grant writing, opportunities to present at conferences, and opportunities to write for professional journals.
    • Doctoral Seminar Assignments provide springboards to activities such as: conducting research projects, writing and submitting manuscripts for publication, and proposing presentations at national or international conferences.
  2.  Access to a range of academic support resources required for scholarship in that discipline. For example:
    • Specific courses require spending time in the library to provide an understanding of how to access various electronic, paper, and people resources so that students understand how to conduct literature reviews.
    • Specific courses require accessing and developing web-based resources.
  3. Opportunities for faculty members and student interactions that provide for the development of a mentoring-apprentice relationship and for a faculty evaluation of students. For example:
    • Doctoral faculty members and student social events provide opportunities for expressing research/writing interests, explaining current research/writing activities, and generally networking on common research/writing interests.
    • Doctoral faculty members invite students to research, write, edit, and teach as assistants, interns, or full-fledged collaborators.
    • Doctoral faculty members invite students to consult or present as assistants, interns, or full-fledged collaborators.
  4. Involvement with cognate disciplines and research scholars in those disciplines. For example:
    • Students select options such as reading, mathematics education, early childhood, or other cognates and electives within The Texas A&M University System or Federation and connections with research scholars are facilitated by the doctoral coordinator, major adviser, and include doctoral faculty members.
    • Specific courses spend time on conference calls, web chats, and two-way interactive video to engage in discussion and network with a variety of scholars.
    • Doctoral faculty members consistently encourage and facilitate student membership in a variety of professional and scholarly organizations.
    • Doctoral faculty members consistently encourage/facilitate student attendance in a variety of professional and scholarly conferences.
  5. Occasions for meaningful peer interactions among graduate students. For example:
    • The Doctoral List Serve provides opportunities to receive and post information and create special interest groups.
    • Chat rooms are created via the web for discussion related to particular courses and topics.
    • Students are encouraged via seminar assignments to co-research, co-present at national conferences, and co-author manuscripts for publication.Peer support systems and study groups are formally and informally created by students.

2. Activities and experiences expected of the doctoral student:

Continuous involvement in activities like the following are expected every semester regardless of enrollment in coursework. While these vary widely, the intent of these activities is to provide the student with a more in-depth experience than occurs when students are simply enrolled in doctoral classes.

  1. Research projects
  2. Submission of manuscript to state or national journals for publication consideration
  3. Staff development consultancies as a collaborator or an independent contractor
  4. Attending professional conferences and/or study tours
  5. Conference presenter (state, regional, and/or national)
  6. Professional development presentations for schools and/or school districts
  7. Teaching or Research Internship with a doctoral faculty member
  8. Graduate assistant (GAT or GANT)
  9. Ad-interim or adjunct instructor
  10. Liaison in the field-based program
  11. Webmaster of a home page
  12. Grant writing
  13. Formal report writing
  14. Attending Federation meetings and/or guest speaker events
  15. Peer review for conference proposals, manuscripts and/or grants
  16. Other, to be determined by doctoral adviser and student

3. Determination of successful completion of residency and maintenance of documentation:

Information about the residency plan and how to maintain portfolio documentation will be initiated by the departmental doctoral coordinator collaboratively with the student during orientation. During orientation, students learn how to complete the residency documentation form and keep track of their activities.  At least two activities should be completed per semester.  In addition, during the first session of each doctoral course/seminar the instructor will explain how course requirements and/or projects can be incorporated into the completion of residency activities.  The residency form should be signed by each course instructor during the semester the residency activity was completed.  The residency form and the portfolio which contains the written documentation must be completed prior to admission to doctoral candidacy.  The student is required to present the completed file of documentation to the major advisor and his/her committee prior to taking qualifying and oral exams.   The major advisor and committee will be responsible for noting successful completion of the plan on the qualifying exam documentation sheet.  Documentation will continue to remain on file in the departmental office for at least 5 years after the doctoral student has completed the doctoral degree.


Each student is required to complete residency after admission to the doctoral program. Residency provides students with opportunities to work with other doctoral students and faculty members as colleagues in projects that provide experience and training toward independent application of skills commensurate with holders of doctoral degrees. The student will plan the residency activities with the approval of the major advisor.


The Department reserves the right to suspend from the program any student who, in the judgment of a duly constituted departmental committee, does not meet the professional expectations of the field.

Doctor of Education - Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction - Elementary Education

Core Courses 30 semester hours
EDCI 651Curr & Instr Desgn3
EDCI 652Research on Learner3
EDCI 655Assessment Lrng & Lrnr3
EDCI 657Content Area Literacy3
EDCI 658Process Writing in the Elementary School3
EDCI 659Professional Writing3
EDCI 690Seminar in Education3
EDCI 698Research: Design and Replication3
Area of Emphasis
18 semester hours of Approved Courses at the 500 or 600 level18
No less than 12 semester hours
EDCI 718Doct Dissertation3-12
Doctoral Research Tools
Four Approved Doctoral Research Tools (12 semester hours)
EDCI 695Research Methodology3
EDCI 699Statistics: Cont Proc App3
EDCI 687Sociocult Inquiry in C&I3
EDCI 696App of Rsch Methods3
Total Hours72

NOTE: No course beyond the master's program that is over ten years old at the time the doctoral degree is conferred can be used toward the doctoral degree.

EDCI 500 - Issues in Education
Hours: 3
Issues in Education. Three semester hours This course focuses on major philosophical and ideological beliefs and their impact on the organization and structure of American education. Specific issues may include the nature of learning, human development, current brain research, multiple intelligences, learning styles, curriculum design and evaluation, teaching strategies, alternative assessment, legal issues, educational technology, and conflict management. May be repeated when topics vary.

EDCI 502 - Strat Tchng at Risk Stud
Hours: 3
Strategies For Teaching the At-Risk Student. Three semester hours Designed to provied specific strategies for enhancing learning for the at-risk student, to develop an increased awareness of students who may be potentially at risk, and to enable teachers to design workable plans for addressing the needs of this student.

EDCI 506 - Nature & Needs Gifted St
Hours: 3
The Nature and Needs of Gifted Students. Three semester hours A survey of the major facets of gifted education with particular emphasis placed on the nature and needs of gifted students. The historical development of gifted education, characteristics fo the gifted students identification of gifted students, the socio-emotional needs of gifted students and curricular and instructional strategies appropriate for the gifted are examined.

EDCI 507 - Tchng Strat Gifted/TAL
Hours: 3
Teaching Strategies and the Gifted/Talented. Three semester hours. Strategies, methods, and techniques of teaching the gifted student are explored. Opportunities are provided for development of strategies based on principles of gifted education. Special emphasis will be devoted to selection of strategies for the development of creativity.

EDCI 508 - Curric Dev for the Gifted
Hours: 3
Curriculum Development for the Gifted Student. Three semester hours. An exploration of theory, research, and practices related to the selection and organization of curriculum for the gifted student. Emphasis will be placed on curricular models and selecting materials used in gifted education. Opportunities will be provided for the development of curriculum for the gifted student.

EDCI 509 - Trends Gifted Educ
Hours: 3
Trends and Issues in Gifted Education. Three semester hours Current problems, trends, and issues in gifted education are researched Emphasis is placed on current research and literature relating to definition of giftedness, identification, programming, and counseling and guidance for the gifted student.

EDCI 514 - Mgmt & Curr Dev for Div Lrnrs
Hours: 3
Management and Curriculum Development for Diverse Learners This course contains introductory content for the professional body of knowledge necessary for effective teaching in a K-12 classroom. Competency in instructional design as well as organizing and managing a classroom in diverse environments will be developed. The content of this course will include classroom procedures and management, knowledge of research-based teaching strategies, curriculum analysis/development and lesson design, teaching models, formative and summative assessment, and certification issues. Students will exhibit an understanding of the domains and competences Texas teachers are expected to demonstrate on the Pedagogy and Professional Development TExES certification examination.

EDCI 515 - Evidence-Based Teaching for Diverse Populations
Hours: 3
This capstone course requires students to apply and expand their knowledge through a number of project-based and research initiatives. Students will synthesize or integrate the knowledge they have developed throughout the prerequisite courses in a clinical/internship experience. The course focuses on understanding diagnostic teaching practices and aligning the needs of a diverse population of students. Course requirements will include designing and implementing responsive instruction and assessment, creating a community of learners, and exhibiting an understanding of the legal and professional responsibilities outlined on the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility TExES test. Prerequisites: EDCI 514 & ETEC 524 or ECE 566. Enrollment is limited to teacher candidates fully admitted into the Alternative Certification Program & completing an internship or student teaching with Advisor approval.

EDCI 516 - Literacy for Special Populations
Hours: 3
An introduction of effective teaching practices to develop literacy (reading, writing, speaking, listening, media viewing). Topics include the developmental process of literacy, assessment, writing, and technological applications that can contribute to proficiency in literacy. An emphasis will be placed on assisting English Language Learners and students with disabilities to become competent readers and writers.

EDCI 517 - Rdg & Lrng in K-12 Cont Area
Hours: 3
READING & LEARNING IN K-12 CONTENT AREAS This course is designed for graduate students in the alternative certification program seeking initial teacher certification. The focus is on reading comprehension, conceptual development, and strategies for interacting with expository text and medias . The role of the teacher, the structure of text , text analysis methods, and content area reading strategies are examined in relation to the student and the learning process. Research-based reading strategies are discussed as appropriate for all elementary and secondary grade levels

EDCI 518 - Thesis
Hours: 6
Thesis. Six hours This conference course introduces the candidate for the Master of Arts degree to the theories and techniques of educational research and leads to the completion and acceptance of the thesis.

EDCI 519 - Response to Intervention Applied to Exceptional Learners
Hours: 3
This course will build capacity among preservice and inservice teachers to implement the Response to Intervention (RTI) framework with k-12 students who represent high incidence special education populations. Participants will describe ways to identify k-12 students with exceptional learning needs. In addition, preservice and inservice teachers will examine the RTI components of screening of students, monitoring student progress, providing evidence-based interventions.

EDCI 529 - Workshop
Hours: 3-6

EDCI 535 - Ldrshp & Supv in Sch
Hours: 3
Leadership and Supervision in Schools. Three semester hours A study of the meaning and fundamental principles of leadership and supervision. Consideration is given to the development of teacher leaders and to the solution of administrative and pedagogical problems that supervisors and teachers leaders encounter in schools.

EDCI 538 - Classroom Mgmt for Tchrs
Hours: 3
Classroom Management for Teachers. Three semester hours (Same as ECE 538) A study of current theories and practices of classroom management and discipline in schools.

EDCI 559 - Diversity & Equity in Edu
Hours: 3
Multicultural Ed in School. Three semester hours. This course focuses on factors of diversity that impact decisions educator must make regarding design and implementation of curriculum, teaching strategies, and materials in order to provide equity and excellence for all learners.

EDCI 560 - Designing Curriculum and Instruction for the Culturally Diverse Learner
Hours: 3
This course will explore the characteristics of diversity in today’s global environment and provide concrete examples of how curriculum and instruction can be differentiated to address the cognitive, socio emotional and socio-cultural needs of the culturally diverse learner. The course will emphasized the relationship between culture and learning and how modifications in curriculum, instruction, and assessment impact the learning environment.

EDCI 566 - Practicum
Hours: 1-6
Practicum. Six semester hours. Students develop conceptual and professional skills related to their practice in the field. For each semester hour of credit, five hours are spent in lecture/staff development and 1`0 hours are spent applying what was learned in a field-based setting. May be repeated. Graded on a satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) basis. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

EDCI 575 - Differentiated Instruction
Hours: 3
An exploration of the literature and current practices in differentiating instruction in elementary classrooms (K-8). The primary objective of this class is for students to advance their professional knowledge, skills and practice for more effective teaching through differentiated instruction.

EDCI 589 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-6
Independent Study. variable credit Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

EDCI 595 - Research Lit Tech
Hours: 3
Research Literature and Techniques. Three semester credits. This course provides a review of significant research studies produced by investigators in the student's major field with emphasis on the investigative and verification techniques employed. The student is required to demonstrate competence in using systematic research techniques through the investigation and formal reporting of a research problem.

EDCI 597 - Special Topics
Hours: 1-4
Special Topic. variable credit Organized class. May be graded on a satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) basis. May be repeated when topics

EDCI 651 - Curr & Instr Desgn
Hours: 3
Curricula and Instructional Design. Three semester hours. This course provides an examination of research literature relative to the process of designing, implementing, and evaluating curricula and instructional strategies. Prerequisite: Doctoral level standing or consent of instructor.

EDCI 652 - Research on Learner
Hours: 3
Research on the Learner. Three semester hours. A study of significant research in the cognitive and metacognitive learning process of young children and implications for instructional strategies. Prerequisite: Doctoral level standing or consent of instructor.

EDCI 655 - Assessment Lrng & Lrnr
Hours: 3
Assessment of Learning and the Learner. Three semester hours. A study in evaluating the total elementary school program. Attention is given to available evaluation tools, including measurement devices of all types. Particular attention is given to construction of appropriate classroom tests to insure accountability according to Texas' Essential Knowledge and Skills, and to the development of plans for school improvement.

EDCI 657 - Content Area Literacy
Hours: 3
Content Area Literacy. Three semester hours. Examination of research on learning in the content curriculum areas of science, math, social studies and music; emphasis on strategies content area teachers may use to foster content area learning. Prerequisite: Doctoral level standing or consent of the instructor.

EDCI 658 - Process Writing in the Elementary School
Hours: 3
An examination of process writing research, with an emphasis on implementation in public school programs. Prerequisites: Doctoral level standing or consent of the instructor.

EDCI 659 - Professional Writing
Hours: 3
Professional Writing - This course focuses on issues related to research, publication, and grant writing, especially at a level of higher education. Prerequisites: EDCI 658 and Doctoral level standing or consent of instructor.

EDCI 687 - Sociocult Inquiry in C&I
Hours: 3
Sociocultural Inquiry in Curriculum and Instruction - Three semester hours The course content centers on qualitative research in the sociocultural environments of public schools. The methodology (research design, data collection, data analysis) associated with this form of inquiry shall be delineated, and students shall experience inquiry from participation in the process. Accordingly, the course focuses on the philosophical and methodological differences between varying approaches (narrative, phenomenology, case studies, grounded theory, and ethnography) to research including mixed methods. Academic writing and critical reading of qualitative research shall also be addressed. This course will qualify as a Level 3 Doctoral Research Tool. Pre-requisites : EDCI 695

EDCI 689 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-4
Independent Study. One to four semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

EDCI 690 - Seminar in Education
Hours: 3
Three 690 courses are required. Each course provides an in-depth analysis of major topics and is designed for the advanced student in education. Topics vary. Prerequisites Doctoral level standing or consent of the instructor.

EDCI 695 - Research Methodology
Hours: 3
Research Methods. Three semester hours. (Same as Coun/EdAd/Psy/695) An overview of research methodology including basic concepts employed in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Includes computer applications for research. Meets requirements for a Level I research tool course. Prerequisite: Doctoral level standing or consent of the instructor.

EDCI 696 - App of Rsch Methods
Hours: 3
Application of Research Methods A Level 3 Research Tool that provides application of research methodology in curriculum and instruction including basic concepts employed in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Students will carry out the research study designed in EDCI 695, data collection, data analysis, and use of computer applications for research. Prerequisites: EDCI 695, a Level 2 Doctoral Research Tool (EDCI 699 or HIED 617 or PSY 612), and Doctoral level standing. Note: Meets requirements for a Level 3 research tool course

EDCI 697 - Special Topics
Hours: 1-4
Special Topics. One to four semester hours. (Same as RDG 697) Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisite: Doctoral level standing or consent of the instructor.

EDCI 698 - Research: Design and Replication
Hours: 3
Examination of research designs related to curriculum and instruction including: survey research, quantitative content analysis, correlational research, true experimental research, quasi-experimental research, pre-experimental research, single-subject research/behavior analysis, causal-comparative research, program evaluation, qualitative research, combined qualitative/quantitative research, and meta-analysis. Includes creation of a sophisticated research design appropriate for a doctoral dissertation. In order to enroll in this course, tools courses 1-4 must have been successfully completed. Prerequisites: Doctoral level standing, and all Tools 1-4 classes must be completed.

EDCI 699 - Statistics: Cont Proc App
Hours: 3
Statistics: Content, Process, Application Description : This course focuses on the content, process, application, and reporting of statistical analyses in research. Computer applications will be integrated with the following content: populations, samples, frequency distributions, scaling and coding data, the structure of a data file, measures of central tendency, variance, standard deviations, z scores, normal curves, hypothesis testing, t tests for dependent and independent means, effect size and power, correlation, regression, ANOVA, Chi-square, post hoc tests, and probability. Students will also investigate the uses and limitation of statistical software while exploring the reasoning and assumptions underlying the inferential statistical process. Student will learn and apply these statistical concepts with data and write reports describing methodology and results. Prerequisite: Doctoral Standing and EDCI 695.

EDCI 718 - Doct Dissertation
Hours: 3-12
Doctoral Dissertation Hours: Three to Six A candidate must present a dissertation acceptable to the student’s advisory committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research on a problem in the area of his/ her specialization. To be acceptable the dissertation must give evidence that the candidate has pursued a program of research, the result of which reveals superior academic competence and a significant contribution to knowledge. Note Graded on a (S) satisfactory or (U) unsatisfactory basis