New Hybrid Doctoral Program Caters to Busy Schedules

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction's new program will debut in January 2012.

The program was designed with busy professionals in mind, making it easier to advance their education.

The program was designed with busy professionals in mind, making it easier to advance their education.

Designed with the busy lives of education professionals in mind, Texas Tech University’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction’s new hybrid doctoral program will debut in January 2012.

The research-oriented program in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education will combine the advantages of online courses with two-week intensive, face-to-face summer courses and will provide busy professional educators with the opportunity to advance their education.

Margaret “Peggie” Price, associate professor and program coordinator, said the faculty seek to prepare professional educators to effectively address accountability and other issues facing schools and teacher education programs.

“The faculty decided to create and offer the online version of the Curriculum Studies program so that place-bound students could earn a research degree and, thereby, become better prepared to serve the needs of pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students or to seek teacher education positions in higher education,” Price said.

The program will begin reviewing applications for the spring 2012 cohort on September 15 and strongly recommends applicants submit their materials prior to this date.

In order to apply for the program, students must have a master’s degree from an accredited institution with at least one graduate-level course in each of the following: curriculum theory or development, diversity studies and introductory statistics. In addition, two graduate-level courses in philosophical, historical, cultural, psychological, political, global or aesthetics studies must have been successfully completed.

Prerequisites not met at the time of admission must be completed by the end of the second year of doctoral study with the exception of graduate introductory statistics which must be completed by the end of the first year. More information about the program can be found at


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The College of Education at Texas Tech University offers a full range of programs, including eight doctoral degrees, 12 master's degrees and two bachelor's degrees with numerous specializations leading to careers in public or private education as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors and diagnosticians.

Programs in the college are housed in two departments. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers undergraduate programs leading to initial teaching certificates and graduate programs in bilingual education, curriculum and instruction, elementary education, language literacy and secondary education.

The Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership offers graduate programs in counselor education, educational leadership, educational psychology, higher education, instructional technology and special education.

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