Instructional Leadership & Academic Curriculum, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D545

Program Requirements

Students pursuing a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum must choose a concentration from the following:

  • Bilingual Education (concentration code: R056)
  • Biomedical Education1 (concentration code: R065)
  • Early Childhood Education  (concentration code: R191)
  • Elementary Education (concentration code: R221)
  • English Education (concentration code: R236)
  • Instructional Leadership2 (concentration code: R361)
  • Mathematics Education (concentration code: R441)
  • Reading Education (concentration code: R566)
  • Science Education (concentration code: R591)
  • Secondary Education (concentration code: R601)
  • Social Studies Education (concentration code: R616)
Core (minimum 24 hours)
ILAC 6013Proseminar in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum3
ILAC 6023Theoretical Issues in Instructional Leadership3
ILAC 6003Curriculum Theory3
ILAC 6233Implications of Diversity3
Research Methodologies - Courses are selected based on the requirements of a specific area of concentration and students' interests and goals, as approved by the doctoral committee and the Graduate Liaison. (May be partially satisfied through prior coursework.) 12
Concentration (minimum 36 hours)
For all concentrations, courses are selected based on the requirements of the specific plan of study and students' professional interests and goals, as approved by the advisor and doctoral committee. 36
Electives (12 hour maximum)
Courses will be selected based on the students' professional interests and goals, as approved by the advisor and doctoral committee.12
Dissertation (9-12 hours)
ILAC 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation9-12
Additional Hours
Additional coursework as needed to reach 90 post-baccalaureate hours, as approved by the advisor and doctoral committee.0-9
Total Credit Hours90

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: