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Office Hours:

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST

Extended Student Services Hours:

8 a.m. - 7 p.m. CST

Application Process for Curriculum and Instruction Doctorate

1. Review Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission into the curriculum and instruction doctorate, students must have already completed or meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. applicants must be currently employed as K-12 teachers or administrators and remain under contract with a K-12 system for the duration of the program. Must have at least three years of K-12 teaching experience.
  • International applicants must be currently employed as educators within their national system. Must have at least three years of teaching experience.
  • Master's degree with 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Undergraduate and graduate degree from a recognized and accredited institution

2. Review Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

  • U.S. Applicants
    • Summer semester (begins in late May): May 1
  • International Applicants
    • Summer semester (begins in late May): December 1

Students who would like to get started right away but have missed the deadline may take classes as a nondegree-seeking student. Contact us for assistance.

Application Fee

  • U.S. Applicants: $65
  • International Applicants: $75

Graduate School Application Fee FAQ

3. Prepare to Apply

Please be prepared to upload the following information when completing the online application.

  • Statement of professional goals and areas of inquiry within educational context
    • Upload a 1-2 page statement that includes the following information:
      • Career and professional goals and aspirations, and how being accepted to the program will benefit your goals and aspirations
      • Areas for instructional improvement in your educational context or school that will serve as your research focus
      • Description of work experience within education or a related field (e.g., past and present employment)
  • Letters of recommendation
    • Three letters of recommendation are needed from a supervising administrator, a colleague and a graduate school professor, all of whom are qualified to address your professional skills and your potential for success in the graduate program. Enter the names and email addresses of these individuals in the appropriate area of the online application. 
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
    • Must include previous academic degrees, past and present employment, professional activities and roles, and other pertinent information
  • Writing sample of no more than 20 pages
    • Must be original and independently written in English
    • May be a research or practice paper written for a previous graduate course, a published article or other writing for an academic audience.
  • Unofficial transcripts from each institution attended
    • Failure to list any colleges or universities from which you received a degree or enrolled in graduate coursework may result in dismissal from the university.
    • If your transcripts are not in English, you must furnish a translation by an appropriate authority.
    • You will be asked for official transcripts after notification of admission.

Proof of English Proficiency

Students whose primary language is not English must submit proof of English proficiency during the application process by providing any one of the following official minimum test scores:


Minimum Required Score


Scores must be self-reported within the application and official scores must be sent by the testing service to K-State.

Exception: students who have received a degree in the last two years from a U.S. college or university are not required to take any of the above English language proficiency exams.

4. Apply


Tip: select “Distance-Off Campus” and “Doctorate” on the Academic Information page. On the Program Selection page, select “Education” followed by “Curriculum and Instruction.”

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Degree: Doctorate
College: Education
Credits: 94
Course delivery: Online

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