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 minumum 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 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