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Doctorate in Curriculum Studies

The PhD in Curriculum Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that addresses overall curriculum issues across different subject matter. All three of our program options prepare you for careers as curriculum generalists, researchers and specialists; university faculty and teacher educators; K-20 curriculum and pedagogical leaders; curriculum administrators, designers and evaluators; curriculum material writers; and educational leaders in social and cultural organizations.


This doctoral program requires a minimum of 63 credit hours, including common core, research and inquiry, specialization, cognate area and independent research. You can choose from three program options.


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Program Options

Curriculum & Leadership

This option cultivates educators with self-reflexivity, deep understanding and capacity to create and use knowledge for the benefit of local, national and international communities. You will be prepared to be a K-12 curriculum leader, curriculum researcher and teacher educator or curriculum generalist for all educational levels.

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College Curriculum & Teaching  

This interdisciplinary option provides flexibility for college instructors to take discipline electives while advancing curriculum, teaching and leadership expertise in higher education. You will be prepared for professional roles as an administrator and researcher in curriculum and pedagogy from various disciplines at the college level.

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International & Peace Curriculum

This interdisciplinary option addresses issues such as establishing nonviolent relationships in school, college and global society, increasing mindful awareness and promoting international curriculum dialogues. You will be prepared for advancing educational, social and cultural programs that are oriented by peace, nonviolence and sustainability.

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Research and Faculty

Award-winning faculty are national and international leaders in the field of curriculum studies and consistently recognized for their research and teaching efforts. Faculty expertise includes:

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  • Curriculum theory
  • Nonviolence and mindfulness education
  • East/West inquiry
  • Curriculum and pedagogy of teacher activism
  • Culturally sustaining pedagogies and social justice education
  • Community-based research and diverse modes of inquiry
  • International and cross-cultural education
  • Media literacy
  • Documentary films and global citizenship
  • Art-based pedagogies
  • K-20 curriculum

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis each semester. To apply for the program, submit the following:

  • Graduate College application 
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.0 minimum master’s GPA required) 
  • Current resume/vita
  • Personal goal statement
  • Scholarly paper writing sample
  • GRE or MAT scores (within the past five years)
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (if required to establish English proficiency
  • Program faculty may request an interview with the applicant 

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Cost & Assistance

Currently enrolled students are eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences.





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