The Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning (CISL) is a multidisciplinary doctoral degree program that focuses on addressing practical educational problems through research in diverse contexts for learning and teaching.
While educational programs in Curriculum and Instruction are common, our program stands out by emphasizing the Science of Learning, a 21st century approach to developing evidenced-based practice through design research. In design research, we implement innovative practice/curriculum, study the effects, and improve the implementation for further study. The field emerged out of new technological innovations but has expanded to include diverse interdisciplinary formations to create educational solutions.
In the CISL program you can:
Work in multidisciplinary research clusters such as:
The CISL program can be completed fully online, on campus, or a combination of both.
The following program options are offered both online and on campus
The following program options are offered on campus only
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and must submit:
Former/Maiden Name: The Graduate School of Education must be made aware if applicants have ever changed their name. If this is the case, be sure to ask the institution sending your transcripts to indicate your current name and any former or maiden names.
Students will be accepted into the program in either the fall or spring semester. Students are admitted on a rolling basis.
All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.
You will be asked to provide contact information about each individual providing a recommendation. Please note that your recommenders will receive the electronic request to provide a recommendation letter only after you "formally submit" the application.
Students enrolled in the CISL Program are expected to have specific prerequisite technology skills. It is further expected that, if needed, early requisite skills will be developed individually. These skills are required for completion of assignments and are not covered in program courses. It is your responsibility to gain proficiency to successfully complete course objectives and assignments.
24 credit hours in multidisciplinary concentration
28 credit hours in research
10 credit hours in dissertation
62 doctoral credit hours
10 relevant credit hours from master’s degree
72 total credit hours
Online courses traditionally require a minimum of 9 to 12 hours of dedicated study outside of participation in the virtual classroom, so it is important that you take into consideration other personal and professional commitments as you pursue your coursework.
The Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning (CISL)
is a doctoral degree program in the Department of Learning and
Instruction, in the Graduate School of Education, at the University
All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable). Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their course work.
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