Doctorate Degree

Doctorate Degree

The Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education’s Doctor of Philosophy degree is designed to prepare veteran educators to become scholars in the field of education and to conduct educational research.

Coursework for the program includes an emphasis on research theory and content area expertise. Program graduates are eligible to be recommended for the Class AAAA Mississippi Educator License. The Curriculum and Instruction Ph.D. program provides both practical and theoretical training for a wide variety of leadership positions in colleges, universities and school districts, ensuring that graduates are well prepared for wherever their career takes them.


The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree requires a minimum of 90 semester hours of graduate coursework beyond the bachelor's degree. The coursework beyond the bachelor's program is intended for professional educators entering the field of teacher education and/or conducting educational research. 

Students enrolling in the PhD in Curriculum and Instruction can choose from the following concentrations: Elementary Education, Secondary Education and Special education. Licensure to teach or eligibility for licensure is required for all concentrations.



Dr. Rebecca R. Robichaux-Davis
Elementary Education

Dr. Missy Hopper
Secondary Education

Dr. Sandy Devlin
Special Education