About this Program

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Curriculum and Instruction Concentration at the Darden College of Education & Professional Studies of Old Dominion University, prepares scholarly leaders to identify and examine the problems and possibilities associated with curriculum and instruction in schools and other institutions within a multicultural democratic society.

Program Highlights

  • Design and conduct rigorous research in curriculum and instruction.

  • Disseminate research findings.

  • Use a variety of research methods and processes.

  • Analyze social, historical, theoretical and policy-related factors in the development of curriculum and instruction.

  • Evaluate, critique, and apply research in curriculum and instruction.

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Doctor of Philosophy
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Instructional Coordinators

$66,680 Median Salary

Develop instructional material, coordinate educational content, and incorporate current technology in specialized fields that provide guidelines to educators and instructors for developing curricula and conducting courses. Includes educational consultants and specialists, and instructional material directors.

Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors

$56,800 Median Salary

Teach or instruct out-of-school youths and adults in remedial education classes, preparatory classes for the General Educational Development test, literacy, or English as a Second Language. Teaching may or may not take place in a traditional educational institution.

Education Teachers, Postsecondary

$72,410 Median Salary

Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School

$97,440 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools.


What are the requirements to apply for Curriculum & Instruction at ODU?
Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Curriculum & Instruction should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

For admission to this program, individuals should have a completed master's degree in an appropriate discipline from a regionally accredited university. Degrees that are equivalent to a master's degree such as L.L.B., J.D., and D.D.S. are also acceptable. Prospective students should also have prior course work in statistics, and curriculum and instruction. If this assumption is not met, then additional course work will be added to the candidate's graduate program of study.

For Admission to the Curriculum & Instruction Program



TOEFL score

computer based: 250, paper based: 600


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

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Support for Full- and Part-time Students

This program supports part-time students with convenient course schedules and full-time students with competitive assistantships, including tuition and a stipend.


Associate Professor

NORFOLK, 23529


NORFOLK, 23529