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Curriculum Studies (EdD)

Creating viable curricular and instructional options in complex, urban educational environments requires a rich knowledge base, a thorough understanding of the sociocultural and political context of the circumstances, knowledge of a variety of curricular approaches, and the ability to analyze broader educational purposes and consequences.

Our Curriculum Studies education doctoral program encourages a curriculum development process in which educators seek the most defensible course of action in specific circumstances. It also offers a variety of theoretical lenses that can be used to analyze instructional options and create alternative ones. Students experience collaborative curriculum deliberation and rich cross-disciplinary discussions that can serve as a basis for research.

Graduates of the program may enter a new career or strengthen their current position in schools, universities or community organizations. They may assume faculty positions in higher education, take leadership positions in local and state education agencies, assume curriculum positions in school or community learning environments, or become leaders in educational policy and advocacy.

Interested in enrolling in this program? Learn more about its application requirements and find out how to apply.

Degree Requirements

Doctor of Education (EdD)
Additional Options​: Principal Preparation, Superintendent, or Teacher Leader

Program Format

Our education doctoral program offers courses on weeknights to accommodate working professionals. The program's schedule is flexible, allowing students to attend full-time or part-time as their professional and personal schedules allow. All classes meet at DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus.

Program Requirements

The Curriculum Studies EdD program includes 76 quarter hours of coursework in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education, Research Methodology, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies. The doctorate also requires a candidacy paper, a dissertation proposal and an oral dissertation defense.