Curriculum and Instruction Ed.D.

EdD Cohort 5
EdD Cohort 5


The Ed.D. is offered to advance the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of candidates committed to scholarly study of and contribution to the field of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I). Doctoral candidates acquire expertise in leading P12 curriculum design, development, and evaluation in their respective fields of content specialization and model best practices in the domains of teaching, learning, and assessment.

Candidates are admitted as a cohort, and they complete courses in the program of study during a two-year period. Following the completion of courses and a comprehensive examination, candidates initiate dissertation studies. 

There are two tracks in the Ed.D. Program:

  • If students enter the program with a Level 5 or Level 6 C&I certificate (meaning that they have already completed an initial C&I program), they will be entered into the non-certification/degree-only Ed.D. program track. Upon completion of the dissertation, students will be eligible for the Level 7 upgrade to their C&I certificate.
  • If students enter the program without a Level 5 or 6 certificate in C&I, or if they enter the program with a Level 5 or 6 certification in something other than C&I, they will be entered into the (initial) certification-only track of the Ed.D. program. Once students complete the initial certification track (ABD status), they may apply for the Alternate Level 6 upgrade to their C&I certificate. Upon completion of the dissertation, students will be eligible for the Level 7 upgrade to their C&I certificate.

Degree Requirements

Admission Criteria

Primary Admission Criteria

  • GPA of 3.5 or above in all graduate degree coursework (Masters and/or Specialist).
  • Masters or Specialist degree completed 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 & State University will have the GCSU transcript on file and need not send that one separately.)
  • A curriculum vitae or resume describing professional experiences and accomplishments in detail.
  • A Graduate Application, including application fee. See the LINK TO GRADUATE ADMISSIONS for details
  • A 4 - 5 page, double-spaced writing sample that includes:
    • a synopsis of pivotal experiences in your career as an educator.
    • your rationale for applying to the GCSU Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction program.
    • articulation of your professional and personal goals as an educator.
    • discussion of how participating in this program will support you in achieving your professional and personal goals.
    • a description of how you envision your role as a P12 curriculum leader in a content field.
  • Official score report for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General or the Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT) taken within the past five years.
  • Applicants who wish to seek certification in Curriculum and Instruction through the GAPSC must provide evidence of a valid, Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, service field certificate, or Life certificate. The Five-Year Induction Certificate holder is also eligible. 

Secondary Admission Information

  • A faculty panel will evaluate all applications and make a prioritized decision on admission to each cohort. Selected applicants will be invited to campus for interviews with a faculty panel. Acceptance decisions are finalized after all interviews have been completed.
  • *NOTE: A qualified application DOES NOT guarantee admission. Cohort admission is highly competitive.
  • Cohorts begin only in Maymester.

Important Dates

  • The next Cohort for the Curriculum and Instruction Doctoral Program will begin in Maymester 2025
  • Application Available: Early January 2025
  • Application Deadline: TBD
  • Acceptance Decision Date: TBD
  • Registration Deadline: TBD
  • Ed.D. Orientation: TBD

Additional Information

The degree requires 2-3 on-campus meetings per course each semester in addition to online course studies delivered using GeorgiaVIEW. Transfer of up to 9 credit hours into the program is at the discretion of the program advisor, coordinator, and department chair.

Candidates are advised to contact their school system Human Resources department to determine changes in pay following degree completion.

Please see the current Ed.D. Handbook for other program details.


Curriculum and Instruction Ed.D.

Nancy B. Mizelle - Prof. Learning & Innovation

Dr. Nancy B. Mizelle

Chair of PLI
101C Kilpatrick Education Center

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 CMLA Advisory Board and the Association for Middle Level Education Foundation Board.