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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College of Education

The College of Education at Texas Tech University offers a full range of programs, including 9 doctoral degrees, 10 master's degrees, two bachelor's degrees and numerous specializations which can lead to careers in public or private education as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors and diagnosticians.

Programs in the college are housed in three departments.

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction offers advanced degrees that prepare leaders, researchers, and professors with the knowledge, skills, and practical application experience needed to analyze, construct, and evaluate curricula in ways that create optimal learning conditions for all learners. Language and literacy, bilingual education and STEM education are just a few of the specializations offered by C&I.

The Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership consists of a diverse group of academic programs that equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of learning, motivation, development, and educational foundations. The disciplines of counseling and school psychology are housed within the EP&L department as are programs to prepare future college administrators, primary and secondary school and district leaders, as well as practical and academic educational psychologists.

The Department of Teacher Education focuses solely on teacher preparation, ensuring that teacher candidates are ready for the classroom on day one. The Teacher Education Department is home to TechTeach, an innovative teacher preparation program that puts teacher candidates into public school classrooms for a full year and requires that students pass teacher certification tests prior to entering the classroom. Various paths to teaching careers, including fast-track distance programs statewide and alternative certification options, are also housed in this department.