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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction Focusing on Urban Education

We are not currently accepting applications for the social education or early childhood specializations. Please continue to check the website for information on when the applications reopen. The other specializations are accepting applications.

To apply for this program, please visit the CUIN Graduate Admissions page.

The Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction prepares aspiring scholars and researchers to meet today’s educational challenges in multicultural urban settings. The Houston metropolitan area, with 1.5 million K-12 students, is a laboratory of practice for our Ph.D. students from nearby and from around the world.

Graduates of the Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction typically pursue the following careers:

  • University faculty members
  • Researchers in educational settings
  • Curriculum design experts
  • Content area and program evaluation directors
  • Advocates for policy improvements

Innovation, diversity and excellence characterize this Ph.D. program — where our location in the most diverse region in the country allows for inquiry on critical real-world issues. UH is recognized as one of only three national Tier One Hispanic-serving public research universities. It is also designated as an Asian-American serving institution.

The Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction is a 66-hour doctoral program focused on urban education with specializations in the following areas:

  • Art Education
  • Bilingual/ESL Education
  • Early Childhood Education (We are not currently accepting applications for this specialization. Please continue to check the website for information on when the applications reopen.)
  • Learning, Design and Technology
  • Mathematics Education
  • Reading, Language Arts and Literacy Education
  • Science Education
  • Social Education (We are not currently accepting applications for this specialization. Please continue to check the website for information on when the applications reopen.)
  • Teaching and Teacher Education