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Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction: P-12 Disciplinary Concentration

  • Total Credit Hours: 55
  • Degree Format: Hybrid


The Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction: P-12 Disciplinary Concentration degree offers an engaging and flexible educational model designed to fit the busy schedules of working professional educators in a variety of instructional fields. Our innovative program provides practical opportunities for students to relate theoretical foundations to curricular and instructional issues facing schools and other educational systems. You will enjoy learning from our quality faculty whose real-world experience and knowledge has been acquired through many years learning, researching, and working in the domains of our field. Our program is delivered through a combination of online and face-to-face courses. 10 of the required courses are taught completely online requiring you to never physically come to our campus. There are five research sequence courses that are taught in a hybrid format that include occasional face-to-face classes meetings in Valdosta up to four Friday nights and Saturdays per semester. Electives will vary in delivery format based on your approved selections, and they must align with your certification field.

Advantages of this program are:

  • Approved by the GaPSC.
  • Students holding a valid GaPSC Standard Professional certificate (or higher) qualify for the Alternate Level 6 Certification Option upon successful completion of 36 credit hours and an approved portfolio.
  • Students holding a valid GaPSC Standard Professional certificate (or higher) qualify for a Level 7 Certification upon successful degree completion.
  • No GACE exam required
  • Available concentrations include: 
English Behavior Sciences Art ED
History Speech Music ED
Language Arts Library Media ESOL
Mathematics Technology Gifted
Polictical Science Instructional Technology Health & Physical ED 
Reading P-12 C & I Early Childhood ED
Science Trade and Industrial ED Middle Grades ED
Social Science SP ED Adapted Curriculum Secondary Education
Spanish SP ED General Curriculum  


Cost and Length of Program

The prescribed Ed.D. C&I course sequence will allow you to complete the coursework phase of the program within 30 months; we only admit for a fall start date. The dissertation process varies from student-to-student, but most can complete their dissertation in 18 months. Costs will also vary by student because we allow transfer credit for up 2 qualified courses. Based on completing 46 course hours and 9 dissertation hours, the cost of the program is *$19,887 including standard University fees. We encourage you to compare our cost with any other institution. We think you will be pleasantly surprised to see what a great value VSU is.

*Estimated cost computed based on Fall 2013 rates.

Please follow this link to a document that lists the required courses and their descriptions in the recommended sequence.

Admissions Requirements

Required Documents Admission Requirements
Online Graduate Application
  • Application Fee $35 (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online
  • Application deadline is March 15.
One Official Transcript from each institution where you have previously enrolled (undergraduate and graduate).
(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School.
  • Must hold a minimum of a master’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution.
  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 Scale. GPA will be calculated on all attempted graduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.
Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test

GRE or MAT scores are required.

Recommended minimum scores for GRE:

  • If taken before July 2011: Verbal score of 450; Quantitative score of 450; and Analytical score of 3.5 (old scoring system - 450)
  • If taken July 2011 or later: Verbal score of 150; Quantitative score of 142; and Analytical score of 3.5.
Minimum MAT Requirements:
  • Recommended minimum for MAT: 400.
GRE and MAT scores are only one of the factors considered in admissions decisions. These test scores are not the sole criteria for admission.
Valid Educator's Certificate Must hold a valid educator's certificate, or equivalent, in an available concentration area.
Three Recommendations
(General Recommendation Form Required)
Recommendations from professionals who can assess professional qualifications & potential for successfully completing the program.
Doctor of Education Biographical Career Goal Statement
The Doctor of Education Biographical Career Goal Statement will serve as a writing sample.
Resume Must have 3 years minimum acceptable school or related agency experience.
VSU Medical Form
Page 1 of Medical Form
Page 2 of Medical Form
  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form
Verification of Lawful Presence
(For applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)
  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.


Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to ensure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.



International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required. Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam or IELTS exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
  • Certificate of Finances - The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document. Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.
  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework. This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc. The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.


  • The Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction program ONLY admits Regular Status students.
  • Probationary Status is not available for Doctor of Education programs at Valdosta State University.
  • Irregular Admission is not available for Doctor of Education programs at Valdosta State University.


For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.

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