Become a Leader in Education

Earning your doctorate in supervision, curriculum and instruction at A&M-Commerce prepares you for a rewarding career in public schools, regional educational training facilities, research and development centers and the educational publishing industry. Our graduates are also qualified to teach at colleges and universities.

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Job forecasts continue to rise as the growing need for post-secondary instructors and administrators in Texas increases the number of opportunities and positions available. Gain the experience you need to stand out with our competitive, nationally recognized program.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Postsecondary Instructors

Data from the US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2023

See Yourself Succeed With a Doctoral Degree in

Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction

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Career Readiness

Participate in excellence-driven programs that empower you with the knowledge and leadership skills to help you in your administrative roles.

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Distinguished Faculty

Enjoy opportunities to learn from world-class faculty who are respected researchers in their fields.

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Education Success

Join the ranks of A&M-Commerce graduates who are scholars, professors and leaders in education.

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Hands-on Experience

Deepen your knowledge through real-world experiences in a local school district during your internship and residency.

What you will Learn

  • Critically examine research on student learning and curriculum development
  • Network with practitioner-scholars across the state
  • Understand data related to trends and hot topics in education
  • Conduct meaningful research in educational settings
  • Impact education policy and advocate for change
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Focus Your Passion

Earn your doctorate degree while pursuing concentrations that fit your research and career goals.

Areas of Concentration:

  • Early childhood education
  • Elementary education
  • Secondary education
  • Bilingual education

  • English as a second language
  • Educational technology
  • Reading

Faculty Spotlight

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Course Delivery

Face-to-face classes are offered at our Commerce campus and our extended university site at the Mesquite Metroplex Complex. The program may also be taken fully online. Our faculty will guide you through each step of your doctoral degree.

Please check the schedule of classes for locations and times. Locations and times are subject to change.

STEPS TO Earn Your Ed.D.

Our doctoral program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction has several steps that must be met to earn your doctorate degree. The following steps will help guide you toward completing our program. If you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected] or [email protected].

Pass all of the required classes with a minimum grade of “B”.

You are required to complete Residency after admission to the doctoral program. Residency provides you with opportunities to work with other doctoral students and faculty as colleagues in projects that provide experience and training toward the independent application of skills commensurate with holders of doctoral degrees.

Examples of residency requirements include

  • Attend a professional conference
  • Collaborate with a faculty member
  • Attend a dissertation proposal defense
  • Present a research study at an academic conference
  • Submit a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal

  • Written comprehensive exams are conducted in a take-home format within specific dates designated by the department. The exams will occur during the Spring, Summer II, and Fall semesters. Oral exams will be scheduled approximately 2 weeks after the written exam.

After the qualifying examinations have been satisfactorily completed, doctoral residency requirements are completed, and all requirements have been verified by The Graduate School, you will be admitted to candidacy.

Notification of admission to candidacy will be made by the Dean for Graduate Studies and Research. After you have been admitted to candidacy and all coursework (except 718 Dissertation) has been completed, you may qualify for reduced tuition. Verification should be made at the Registrar's Office. The degree can be conferred no sooner than eight months after admission to candidacy.

Present a dissertation that is acceptable to your advisory committee and the Dean for Graduate Studies and Research. To be acceptable, the dissertation must give evidence that you have pursued a program of research, the results of which reveal superior academic competence and a significant contribution to knowledge.

When your advisor confirms that you are ready, you should apply for graduation through MyLeo by the deadline which is usually in the first few weeks of the semester.


Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,669 for Texas residents and $7,341 for non-residents.


Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Note: This program is not currently available to international students.


Fall application deadline: July 1

All required documents must be submitted by July 15

Submit Application

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction, EDD” as your “Major.”

Domestic Application Fee 395064

  • Pay the $50 application fee.
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Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Graduate Coordinator Dayla Burgin

Your Graduate Coordinator

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Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to your graduate coordinator.

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

All international transcripts must be evaluated and the evaluation submitted to the Graduate School.

We accepts evaluations sent directly from the following Agencies.

  • If a normal evaluation is submitted, official original transcripts with all marksheets will still need to be submitted.
  • If a WES ICAP or equivalent is submitted, we will not need the official transcripts to be submitted separately.

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact your graduate coordinator for more information.

Submit the Statement of Goals Form found in the Application Packet. An additional page can be added.

To be considered for admission you must have at least three years of teaching experience.

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Request three signed letters of recommendation, on letterhead or using the reference form, from professionals who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program.

Applications must provide an example of their best academic writing. This requirement can be met in the following ways:

  • A course paper from a master's program written within the past five years. This paper must show evidence of the applicant's ability to cite references.


  • An applicant may respond to the following prompt: Select a current hot topic in education. Briefly present an argument for both sides of the debate. In your arguments, include citations to support your writing.

The writing sample must be a minimum of five pages double-spaced.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction will contact you to schedule your interview.

Review the Application Packet for more information.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

  • Apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships once you are admitted.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and sending it to school code 003565.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

Graduate Enrollment Specialist Jennifer Faunce

Your Graduate Enrollment Specialist

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