Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction


The Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction (Ph.D. in C&I) degree provides a theoretical and practical course of study in curriculum and instruction. The program is designed for teachers, curriculum coordinators, college instructors, corporate and agency curriculum planners, academics, and other professional educators. The program enables students to develop a theoretical and conceptual framework for studying teaching and learning, and also encourages professional educators to develop knowledge and practice in an area of specialization of their choice. The Ph.D. in C&I culminates in a dissertation, focused on an area of investigation that interests the doctoral candidate and benefits the profession. Doctoral candidates have opportunities to participate with faculty on research, in teaching, and in professional activities, including publishing and conference presentations.

Fall 2022 Doctoral Mixer | Front Row (l to r): Nerline Saint-Velus, Dr. Andrés Ramírez, Dr. Jillian Powers, Dr. Sabrina Sembiante, Dr. Bianca Nightengale-Lee, Dr. Brian Nichols, Dr. Susannah Brown, Dr. Dilys Schoorman, Dr. Rina Bousalis, Jodi Cantor, Allyson Berrios de Gacharná | Middle Row (l to r): David Bynes, Catherine Restrepo-Widney, Don McChesney, Amy Sawford, Javaris Hammond, Reinaldo Ponce, Erica Cheva, Márta Vajda, Melissa Antonelli, Thiago Veronez, Paul Massy, Michel Canestrale, Danah Alawadhi | Back Row (l to r): Dr. Charles Dukes, Nicole Coletti, Alicia Haywood, Tanya Espinosa, Guy Burns, David Sulkes, Kimberly Theophile, Jacqueline Gordon, Noelle Guay, Emmalyn Green

Fall 2022 Graduation | Dr. Charles Dukes, Dr. Sabrina Sembiante, new doctoral graduate Dr. Kaitlin Salzman

Advisor and Advisees | Katia Joseph, Marta Vajda, Dr. Dilys Schoorman, Javaris Hammond, Michel Canestrale

Fall 2022 Doctoral Cohort Social | Danah Alawadhi, Michel Canestrale, Noelle Guay, Dr. Sabrina Sembiante, Amy Sawford, Jaclyn Sparks, Tanya Espinosa, David Sulkes, Guy Burns, Emmalyn Green

Advisor and Advisees | Alicia Haywood, Nicole Coletti, Dr. Jillian Powers

The Program

Highlighted Features  
  • Flexible and hybrid programming, providing online and in-person courses for select portions of coursework
  • In-person curriculum and instruction courses are offered in the evening for students working full-time
  • One third of program credits are allotted to electives, allowing students to personalize their C&I degree in any area of specialization
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship positions available for students
  • Experienced and prominent faculty
  • Program start: August (Fall semester)
Admission Requirements  
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate
  • A GPA of 3.25 or better in a completed master’s degree program.
  • Two letters of recommendation from supervisors and/or professors.
  • A professional statement describing career goals, research interests, reasons for wanting to enter the C&I program, and identifying potential faculty members in the department with whom the student would like to work.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.
  • For international students, a TOEFL score of 500 (Paper-Based Test) or 61 (Internet Based Test) or an IELTS band score of 6.0.
  • Admission Requirements
Application Process  
  1. Fill out the online graduate application for FAU.
  2. Submit undergraduate and graduate official transcripts in sealed envelopes from all schools attended. NOTE: If you attended one of the Florida State University System institutions, transcripts may be requested electronically.
    Send to: FAU Graduate College, 777 Glades Road, SU 80, Room 101, Boca Raton, FL 33431
  3. Beginning with the FALL 2022 term, you must submit the following documentation to the Graduate College utilizing GradCas, upon which departmental approval will be contingent: (a) a professional statement describing your career goals, research interests, and reasons for wanting to enter the program; (b) two letters of recommendation on professional letterhead that highlight the candidate’s academic potential from supervisors and/or professors, and (c) one piece of work that demonstrates graduate-level writing ability (e.g., an academic term paper, a published work in which you are the primary author.
Application Deadlines  
  • The application deadline is February 1 for a program start date of August of the same year (Fall semester) (for both domestic and international students)
  • All required admission documents must be received by February 1 deadline
Contact Us  

For questions about the program, application process, admissions process, please contact:

Dr. Sabrina F. Sembiante
Associate Professor and Ph.D. Program Coordinator

Jodi Cantor
Program Assistant