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Doctoral Program

Courses may be taken on the main campus, Mesquite campus, by distance education, and/or by online.  Note, some core courses, and many emphasis courses are offered only on main campus. Any courses completed at other institutions while pursuing the SCI doctoral degree must have prior approval from their major advisor, doctoral coordinators and department head.

Program Coordinators: Dr. David Brown

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Earned degree will be Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction, Ed.D. in Elementary Education.  

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a doctoral degree in Education with a major in Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction.  The curriculum for the doctorate degree involves a minimum of 60 semester hours (includes 36 hours in required major core courses with an EDCI prefix, 12 dissertation hours, 12 tools courses, and 18 hours in one of the following emphasis:

  • Art
  • Bilingual Education
  • Biology
  • Early Childhood
  • English
  • ESL (English Second Language)
  • Foreign Language (Spanish)
  • Health
  • History
  • Kinesiology and Sports Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Sciences
  • Reading
  • School Librarian
  • Secondary
  • Technology
  • Theatre
  • Additional areas of emphasis are available upon approval of program coordinators.

This degree prepares graduate students for careers in K-12 public and private schools, regional educational training facilities, college and university settings and research and development centers.  A graduate with the Ed.D. Degree should possess competencies in research methods, statistics, curriculum, instructional design, learning, instructional strategies, and effective teaching.


You can apply for doctoral studies in the department of Curriculum and Instruction by contacting The Graduate School, Texas A & M University - Commerce, Commerce, TX 75429 or by applying online.

For details regarding admission go to:

The applicant must submit an application, official transcripts, official scores on the GRE, and four references (2 must be from people who hold doctoral degrees). 


Admissions to the SCI program in this department is on-going. Applicants interested in applying must have 3 years of teaching experience, submit their resume, and attend a doctoral information session to be considered for admission.  Applicants will complete a departmental writing sample during the information session. Once the application is complete and the writing sample collected, the applicant must complete an interview with the core doctoral faculty to be considered for admission.

When initially admitted to the doctoral program by the graduate school, students must complete a departmental orientation session, have a degree plan approved, and have an approved residency plan before being fully admitted to the program by the department.  

Any student wishing to take doctoral coursework in the department who has not been officially admitted into the doctoral program may get permission to take one course prior to admission. The student must get permission from the doctoral coordinator and course instructor prior to enrolling for the course.

Doctoral Academic Standing

During the fall semester each advisor will review and provide an update of their doctoral student’s progress. If unsatisfactory progress has been made, each advisor will submit a progress letter and plan for satisfactory progress. The doctoral coordinator or advisor will then request a meeting with the student to discuss the new plan.

Students who are not in good academic standing or have not maintained continuous progress through completion of the dissertation will not be able to enroll in EDCI 718 during subsequent semesters. Moreover these students could subject to receive a “U” in EDCI 718.

Doctoral Faculty:

Our outstanding doctoral program has produced outstanding professionals who serve with distinction in universities, school districts, and research institutes throughout North America.  Our doctoral faculty members hold degrees from diverse programs, including The University of North Texas, Texas A&M University, Kent State University, The University of Florida, Oklahoma State University, The Ohio State University and more.

Content provided by: Dr. David Brown and Dr. Jennifer Dyer