Innovation in Curriculum and Instruction (Ph.D.)

51 credits

NYSED 06070

With a focus on harnessing complex educational problems, the Innovation in Curriculum and Instruction (ICI) Ph.D. program is designed for individuals who desire to investigate, teach, consult, and lead in the creative design of instructional and curricular solutions. This Ph.D. program aims to prepare candidates to explore, construct, and disseminate knowledge that contributes to the innovation of instruction and curriculum in interconnected professional fields, including in special education, in multilingual education, in transliteracy education, and in  science, technology, engineering, art/design, and mathematics (STEAM) education. The program of study promotes pedagogy as inquiry and research that informs the creative design of instruction and curriculum to challenge educational inequities in diverse learning environments. It will be of interest to individuals who wish to be innovators in careers in education, such as academicians and researchers; teacher leaders and curricular developers in K–12 schools; and consultants and educational program developers in non-traditional educational settings, like businesses, foundations, nonprofit institutes, and community-based programs.

The admissions criteria for this program are the same as for all doctoral programs at Fordham’s Graduate School of Education. Applicants must ...

  • have a master's degree or be part of the dual program pathway.
  • have completed academic studies at the undergraduate or graduate level in introduction to research (overview of the basic concepts, tools, and methods of research). Applicants may be admitted with the condition that they take the pre-requisite research course the semester prior to beginning the Ph.D. program. Information regarding this requirement will be provided in the program’s recruitment materials, on the school website, and on the admission application.
  • have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and minimum graduate GPA of 3.5. Applicants must provide official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • have a minimum of two years of teaching or equivalent teaching experience with children, youth, or adults.
  • provide MAT or GRE scores; international students must also provide proof of English language competence (TOFEL or IELTs scores).
  • submit a C.V. or resume.
  • provide two personal statements (the first should cover your background in teaching, learning, and research and how it relates to this program; the second should cover your research interests and experiences).
  • submit one academic writing sample.
  • provide two letters of recommendation.
  • pay the $70 application fee.
  • complete an interview.

The basic structure of the program entails the following work, totaling 51 credits: 

Course Title Credits
Knowledge Core 1
CTGE 6001Innovative Educators 3
CTGE 7201Contemporary Thinking about Instruction 3
CTGE 6191Critique of Research 3
Specializations 2
Three courses in any one specialization area9
Individual Differences and Instruction (Special Education)
Learning through Multilingualism (Multilingual Education)
Transliteracy and Learning (Transliteracy Education)
Transformative Instruction through the Arts & Sciences (STEAM Education)
Two courses across the remaining specialization areas6
Research Methods
PSGE 7681Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology and Education I3
PSGE 7682Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology and Education II3
PSGE 7683Qualitative and Single Case Design Research Methods I3
PSGE 7684Qualitative and Single Case Design Research Methods II3
Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches—Choose one of the following:3
Advanced Qualitative Research
Psychometric Theory
Practice and Service
CTGE 7206Course Development and Teaching Module1
CTGE 6797Grant Writing Module1
CTGE 6799Manuscript Preparation and Presentation at Conference1
Qualifying Exam
CTGE 0901Doctoral Comprehensive Exam/Assessment0
Research Apprenticeship
CTGE 7352Research Design Module1
CTGE 7356Research Implementation and Dissemination Module2
Dissertation Seminars 3
CTGE 8110Dissertation Seminar in Curriculum & Teaching3
CTGE 8111Dissertation Seminar in Curriculum & Teaching3
Degree Milestones
CTGE 0900Permanent Matriculation 0
CTGE 0999C&T Proposal Acceptance0
EDGE 0990Dissertation Oral Defense0
EDGE 0999Dissertation Format Review0
Total Credits51

This component presents foundational knowledge of the theory and research that frames the program and equips candidates with critical skills in reflecting on and evaluating scholarly research literature as well as skills to achieve critical transformation to challenge oppressive educational conditions.


Students must complete three courses in one area, plus two courses from any of the remaining areas. More information is on the Concentrations tab.


The final component of the program is completed after passage of the qualifying exam, and consists of ongoing training and mentoring to develop candidate’s research skills by conducting investigations. The program revision includes three additional credits of preparatory coursework to equip students in their dissertation preparation.

The four specializations include the following:

Individual Differences and Instruction (Special Education)

Education that facilitates learning for all learners.

Course Title Credits
CTGE 7340Contemporary Academic Interventions for All Learners3
CTGE 7350Creating Learning Environments through Positive Behavior Supports3
CTGE 7204Informing and Transforming Instruction through Assessment 3
CTGE 6253STEAM Education in Theory and Practice3

Learning through Multilingualism (Multilingual Education)

Education that features multilingualism as a resource to learning in globalized and networked learning environments.

Course Title Credits
CTGE 7820Global Perspectives in Multilingual Competency3
CTGE 7492Translingual Pedagogy3
CTGE 7493Learning and Knowing through Multilingualism 3
CTGE 7497Translingual and Transliteracy Practice in Makerspace 3

Transliteracy and Learning (Transliteracy Education)

Education that promotes learning through oracy and literacy using a range of platforms, tools, and media.

Course Title Credits
CTGE 7596Cognitive, Linguistic, and Sociocultural Dimensions of Literacy3
CTGE 7574Critical Transliteracy3
CTGE 6201Teaching through Digital Literacies3
CTGE 7497Translingual and Transliteracy Practice in Makerspace 3

Transformative Instruction through the Arts and Sciences (STEAM Education)

Education that integrates the essential skills of critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication, collaboration, and entrepreneurship in learning across different knowledge fields.

Course Title Credits
CTGE 7599Creativity in Teaching Environments3
CTGE 6253STEAM Education in Theory and Practice3
CTGE 6255Teaching and Assessing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics (STEAM) in K123
CTGE 6257Computational Thinking A: Principles of Computing 3
CTGE 6258Computational Thinking B: Essentials of Informatics 3