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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning PhD

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The Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning (CISL) PhD program is a multidisciplinary doctoral degree that focuses on addressing practical educational problems through research in diverse contexts for learning and teaching. While educational programs in curriculum and instruction are common, our program stands out by emphasizing the science of learning, a 21st century approach to developing evidenced-based practice through design research. In design research, we implement innovative practice/curriculum, study the effects and improve the implementation for further study.

Program Coursework

This program of study requires 72 total credit hours:

Multidisciplinary Foci

  • Arts Integration
  • Early Learning
  • Educational Informatics
  • Educational Technologies
  • Learning Sciences
  • New and Multimodal Literacies
  • Real and Virtual Learning Spaces
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Education
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Integration
  • Situated and Embodied Cognition
  • Social Learning and Culture
  • Spatial Literacy

Total Credit Hours: 72

3.0 Degree GPA required


Instruction Method

  • In Person (100 percent of courses offered in person)

Full/Part Time Options

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Credits Required

  • 72 Hours


  • 4 to 5+ Years

Application Fee

  • $50

Program Contact

Renad Aref
366 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Email: gseinfo@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-645-2110

SED Statement

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.

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