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Curriculum and Instruction, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Online
This distance PhD program in Curriculum and Instruction offered by the Department of Educational Theory and Practice (ETAP) from University at Albany allows students to participate fully from anywhere in the world. 
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The distance PhD program in Curriculum and Instruction offered by University at Albany is the same as the face-to-face PhD and offers courses through a variety of formats: fully online, blended, and fully face-to-face. All face-to-face sessions are made accessible to distance students through the use of telepresence robots. 

The Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction offers a broad and intensive investigation of issues in educational theory and practice. Theory and practice are each seen as necessary extensions of the other. The PhD program emphasizes coursework in cutting-edge theories of learning, instruction, and curriculum and employs rigorous standards for research in the construction of new knowledge about education. 

Doctoral students are encouraged to engage in active programs of research, both with faculty and independently, that draw upon deep conceptual understandings of teaching and learning to address knowledge gaps and practical challenges in the field of education.

Doctoral alumni from ETAP take on leadership roles in a broad range of careers, including:

  • College and university faculty in the liberal arts, schools of education, schools of nursing;
  • Educational practice and policy development at state, regional, and national, and international levels;
  • Instructional materials and technologies developers in corporations, universities, medical centers, libraries and school districts;
  • Instructional materials and technologies developers in corporations, universities, medical centers, libraries, and school districts;
  • Training designers in corporations, government agencies, and the military;
  • Educational research;
  • Technology leadership in schools and industry;
  • Professional development specialists;
  • School district consultants;
  • Leadership positions in state and regional educational agencies, and in ministries of education in other countries, and
  • Administrative roles in K-12 and post-secondary institutions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

These courses must be taken at the University at Albany by all candidates for the doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction. 

  • Principles of Curriculum Development; 
  • Principles of Instruction; 
  • Foundations of Research in Curriculum and Instruction

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Analytical Writing score:


    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    Schedule GRE®

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • In addition to the general University requirements for admission to doctoral study, an applicant should present scores from the aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination. 
  • An applicant who holds a master's degree with specialization in an appropriate field may apply for admission with advanced standing.
  • Two of the three required letters of recommendation must be from faculty addressing applicant's potential to succeed in the PhD program. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    944 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 944 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    944 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 944 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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The per credit rate for out of state residents is $944.

For in-state students, the per credit rate is $462.


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