This program is for professional educators from all settings who wish to enhance their skills in teaching, curriculum development, or the administration of a department or educational program. Students use critical reflection and action research to improve practice, engage in rigorous theoretical inquiry, and identify, address, and build coalitions around opportunities and problems in education. The Curriculum Studies program is designed to equip leaders in a variety of educational settings with the skills necessary to develop, justify, evaluate, and modify curricula and programs to better serve student or client needs and to promote active, critical, and informed participation in communities, organizations, and civic life.
Curriculum Studies programs at DePaul share with the University and the College of Education a commitment to social justice, democracy, and critical engagement with issues affecting urban and marginalized populations. Our programs assist educators in reflecting on and strengthening their own practice and challenging themselves and their colleagues to work effectively for justice and educational excellence.
Here, you’ll gain the skills necessary to develop, implement, and evaluate curricula that meet student or client needs and that help them build on assets and address problems in their schools, organizations, and communities. While the skills you develop here are important for schools, they’re also valued by other organizations ― such as hospitals, businesses, associations, community and civic agencies, and museums ― that need to educate employees, students, patrons, or the public in a time of fast-moving social and technological change.
52 quarter hours or 13 courses are required to complete the Curriculum Studies degree.