Curriculum and Instruction Ed.D.

EdD Cohort 4
EdD Cohort 4


The Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction offers advanced coursework for personnel in PreK-12 schools and higher education. The program offers a ten-course core and eight-course specialization track for either (1) PreK-12 Curriculum and Instruction Leadership, or (2) Higher Education Curriculum and Instruction Leadership. Candidates complete two years of courses followed by time and coursework dedicated to completing dissertation work.

Candidates will develop skills to function at their highest capacity and advance in their careers. In the core, there will be a research emphasis to prepare candidates for using these skills in the workplace and for completion of the dissertation. There will also be a common grounding in such areas a philosophical and psychological foundations; theories of learning; diversity; leadership; human resources and personnel management; instructional strategies; and technology integration.

The Pre-K Curriculum and Instruction Leadership track for school personnel will focus on current research addressing the design, implementation, and evaluation of PreK-12 curriculum, instruction, and assessment; analysis of PreK-12 learning and teaching practices; instrument development, validation, and data literacy in PreK-12 schools; managing PreK-12 learning environments, PreK-12 school finance; PreK-12 legal issues; and professional practice and ethical issues as they relate to public schools.

Admission Criteria
Primary Admission Criteria

  • GPA of 3.5 or above in all graduate (Masters and/or Specialist) degree coursework.
  • Completed Masters or Specialist degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Two professional recommendations from colleagues in current or previous professional settings.
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (Alumni from Georgia College will have the Georgia College transcript on file and need not send that one separately.)
  • Submission of a curriculum vitae or resume describing professional experiences and accomplishments.
  • Submission of a Graduate Application (including application fee). See (LINK TO GRADUATE ADMISSIONS)
  • Submit a 2 to 5-page, double-spaced writing sample that addresses your rationale for applying to the Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction program. Be sure to articulate how participating in this program would support you in achieving your professional and personal goals as an educator.
  • Official score report for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General or the Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT) taken within the past five years.
  • Students who wish to seek initial certification in Curriculum and Instruction through the GAPSC must provide evidence of a valid, level 4 or higher Induction, Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, service field certificate, or Life certificate.

Secondary Admission Information

  • A faculty panel will evaluate all applications and make a prioritized decision on admission to each cohort. The decision will be made within one month of the closing date of application.
  • *NOTE: A qualified application DOES NOT guarantee admission. Cohort admission is highly competitive.

Important Dates

  • Application Available: January 4, 2022
  • Application Deadline: February 18, 2022
  • Selection Committee Meeting: TBD
  • Acceptance Decision Date: TBD
  • Registration Deadline: TBD (Accepted candidates must register by this date to hold their spot.)
  • Ed.D. Orientation: TBD

Additional Information

The degree is online except for 2-3 face-to-face meetings each semester. It is possible to transfer in up to 9 hours of credit for the second year of coursework. However, these are confirmed with the Ed.D. Director.

Candidates are advised to contact their school system Human Resources department to determine changes in pay following degree completion. The degree will culminate in an S-7 certificate for those seeking GAPSC certification.


Curriculum and Instruction Ed.D.

Nancy Mizelle Headshot

Dr. Nancy B. Mizelle

Interim Chair of PLI
Room 126

EdD, University of Georgia; MEd, Clemson University; BA, Meredith College


Middle Level Education and Teacher Education, Content Area Literacy and Student Motivation, Young Adolescents' Transition from Middle to High School

Professional Service

Reviewer for RMLE Online, Middle Grades Research Journal and Middle School Journal, as well as the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation/Association for Middle Level Education Specialized Professional Association (AMLE/CAEP SPA) and the Georgia Lighthouse Schools to Watch. Active with the National Collegiate Middle School Association (CMLA) Task Force, the National CMLA Advisory Board, and the Association for Middle Level Education Foundation Board.