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Mission & Goals


The vision for The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College/College of Education Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction includes:

  • providing students close contact with a faculty that are both highly accomplished and educationally involved;
  • a rich array of courses providing a theoretically-grounded exploration of key issues in educational practice;
  • a wide variety of teaching, research, and professional development experiences;
  • a distinctive approach to educational issues that combines rigorous intellectual inquiry with a close connection to professional practice.

Those earning the Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction will be outstanding scholars and practitioners. Our graduates will be recognized as stewards of knowledge by generating new knowledge, understanding the intellectual history of the field, using the best ideas and practices in current work, and representing that knowledge to others both within and outside the field. Our graduates will have an obligation to their field in helping preserve the best while promoting change and improvement.


The Mission of the Doctor in Education Curriculum and Instruction Program is to create and promote a culture of excellence in scholarship and to prepare educator practitioners of highest quality. The program will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will enable the practitioner to achieve professional and organizational goals, improve the productivity of their organizations and provide leadership, advocacy, and service to their communities and regions.


The Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to prepare individuals with expertise to formulate and lead educational programs and organizations in higher education. In addition, the program will enable candidates to teach in colleges and universities, many of which are faced with a shortage of highly qualified faculty.


Program objectives/Student Learning Outcomes provide for students to:

  • lead and administer curriculum programs with a high degree of competence; supervise professionals and paraprofessionals in a variety of curriculum areas using multiple assessment methodologies; develop, apply and evaluate assessments, curricular materials, and scientifically research based instructional methods synthesize in-depth knowledge of major theories, philosophies, and current issues in curriculum; design, conduct, assess and evaluate qualitative and quantitative research studies in Curriculum and Instruction and in specialization areas; and
  • analyze knowledge demonstrated by original research and scholarly contributions to the    field of Curriculum and Instruction through publication and presentation of research findings at the local, state, regional, national and/or international levels.
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