Baylor University: Curriculum and Instruction
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Name of CPED-Influenced Program: Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Key Contact Person: 
Dr. Trena L. Wilkerson Graduate Program Director 

Program Description: 

The Doctor of Education in Curriculum andInstruction (EdD) degree program in the Departmentof Curriculum& Instruction in the School of Education at Baylor University recruits and engages well-qualified students in academic and professional development endeavors that allow them to assume roles primarily as P-12 public/private school and university leaders, faculty, policy makers, and researchers. The EdD is a 60 semester hour program that includes a 15 hour cognate in Educational Foundations, English Language Arts and Reading, Instructional Technology, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Social Studies Education, or other approved areas. In addition, a minimum of 6 semester hours is included as part of the research dissertation. Persons seeking an EdD degree typically hold a master’s degree in education or related field of scholarship and have had extensive professional experiences as a classroom teacher or leader in P-12 public/private schools. The curricula in the EdD degree program focuses on practice, research, and policy as they impact P-12 schools and institutions for higher learning.

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Stage in Redesign Process: Implementation

Admissions Criteria:

  • Meet the Summer and Fall admissions deadline of March 15 or the Spring admission deadline of October 15.
  • Undergraduate degree and Master’s degree from accredited institution of higher education;
  • Minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0;
  • Minimum graduate grade point average of 3.5;
  • GRE composite score of at least 302 (combined verbal and quantitative); analytic writing sample score of at least a 4 (These scores represent the new GRE scale equivalent of 1100). Special note, you may be asked to participate in an on-campus writing sample exercise if it is determined your analytic writing score does not meet admissions requirements;
  • If applicable, you can find information on TOEFL score requirements at the Baylor University Graduate School website –;
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • Curriculum vita representing extensive experience in P-12 schools or other education organizations;
  • Personal and professional philosophy and goals statement;
  • Interview with the Graduate Program Director; and,
  • Acceptance by the Baylor University Graduate School.

General Information:

  • Program Delivery: On Campus
  • Average number of students admitted into the EdD program each year:   2
  • Types of employoment students hold upon entering the program: Classroom teachers, K-12 and school district administrators, college instructors
  • Student:Faculty Ratio (Courses): 1:10
  • Student:Faculty Ratio (Advising): 1:2
  • Number of credits in the program (beyond the Masters): 60
  • Length of Program: 4-5 years
  • Percentage of students that graduate on time:  80%
  • Are most students part time or full time?: part time

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