PhD in Curriculum & Instruction: Gifted Education

This program offers mentorship and coursework that is based upon Louisiana certification requirements and nationally adopted standards for graduate programs in this field.  Successful completion prepares graduate students for classroom teaching, district administration, and high level scholarly research.

The PhD in Curriculum & Instruction is structured to support interdisciplinary studies and individualization for researchers and practitioners. Advanced course work and research in the liberal arts and social sciences are emphasized. Individuals interested in pursuing a PhD with specialization in gifted education should consult one of the program’s faculty members. You have seven years (post-masters or post-EdS) to complete the PhD.

The school-level academic course plan for each student is developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee includes the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty.

The curricular requirements for the PhD in Curriculum & Instruction include:

  • 50 hours in gifted education including 
  • Introduction to Scholarship in Education (ELRC 7299) and Traditions of Inquiry in Education (EDCI 7910).
  • A minimum of 9 hours in research methods.
  • 12-18 hours of dissertation research.
  • Admitted students are anticipated to have a master’s degree; students who do not have a master’s degree must complete a 90-hour curriculum required for the PhD.

The student must pass a General exam consisting of written questions and a comprehensive oral exam; write a dissertation proposal and pass an oral defense of the proposal; and write a dissertation, and pass an oral defense of the dissertation. 



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F. Neil Mathews, PhD
223 Peabody Hall

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Lois Stewart
223H Peabody Hall

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