C&I Doctoral Program

Our next Face-to-Face Ph.D. Cohort will begin Fall 2020

 The application process for admission to the Face-to-Face Ph.D. Cohort will open on October 1, 2019 and close on January 17, 2020.

Our next Online Ph.D. Cohort will begin Summer 2020

The application process for admission to the Online Ph.D. Cohort will open on August 1, 2019 and close on October 31, 2019.

For more information, please contact Denise Rodriguez-Strawn, Doctoral Programs Coordinator for the School of TPAL. She can be reached at harley@nmsu.edu or 575-646-3593


  • Please carefully read this page and all relevant documents
  • Please note that our C&I Doctoral Handbook is currently being updated. For more information, please contact the Doctoral Programs Coordinator or Co-Directors of TPAL.

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The C&I Doctoral Program Web Pages

Please note that it is your responsibility to read the pages of this website and the NMSU Graduate Catalog for more information related to your program.

Things You Should Know

      • We offer two kinds of doctorates in C&I: Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in a face-to-face modality and the Doctorate of Philosophy in an online format. Both of these degrees:
        • Are rigorous degrees requiring intellectual and personal commitment beyond compare
        • Ask for a lifelong commitment to teaching and learning, to research and to service
        • Have similar academic courses of study, and
        • Require a dissertation based on original research, inextricably grounded within an array of primary and secondary sources
      • You cannot take doctoral classes unless or until you are admitted into the Doctoral Program
      • Our Doctoral Program Areas are:
        • Bilingual Education;
        • Critical Pedagogies/Multicultural Education;
        • Early Childhood Education (on-line only);
        • Learning Design & Technology;
        • Literacy, Language & Culture; and,
        • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
        • Special Education
      • Prerequisites for Our Doctoral Program
        • Three years of teaching experience at the PreK-12 level or post-secondary level (or equivalent)
        • An earned MA degree in education (or equivalent)

To Apply

        • See the sections, “Applying to the Doctoral Program,” “Doctoral Intake Application Instructions” and the “C&I Doctoral Student Checklist” in the Doctoral Handbook.
        • NMSU Doc Portfolio Example – C&I (If the Sample portfolio does not open automatically, try a different browser or try saving the portfolio to your desktop before opening it.)

NOTE:  Potential students who have written successful portfolios will be invited to interview with the Doctoral Qualifying Committee (a committee of C&I faculty)

Once You Are Accepted

      • Attend the applicable Doctoral Orientation Meeting your first semester of classes
      • Meet with your Interim Adviser during your first semester of classes
      • Get to know our faculty
      • Read the Doctoral Handbook and the sections of the NMSU Graduate Catalog that apply to you (this is your responsibility)
      • Follow the Doctoral Program Checklist from the C&I Doctoral Handbook

Other Notes

      • For questions about the doctoral program contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at 575-646-4820 or via email currandinstr@nmsu.edu
      • Please note that if you encounter any contradictory or out-of-date information regarding our Doctoral Program (on-line or in hard copy) that is not in sync with our C&I Doctoral Handbook or the NMSU Graduate Catalog, they hold sway
      • Please carefully read this page and all relevant documents