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Curriculum Studies (EdD)
Curriculum Studies (EdD)
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Create educational options for complex environments

The Curriculum Studies (EdD) program helps you develop the knowledge, skills and experience to lead the development of impactful programs for your students. Through rich collaborative analysis and discussion, you’ll be prepared to develop curriculum at the building, community or state level, take a faculty position in higher education or become a policy leader in curriculum development at a national level.

The program offers additional options: principal preparation, superintendent or teacher leadership. All classes meet in the evenings at the Lincoln Park Campus. The program can be completed in just over three years.

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Create curriculum for all learners

With over 800 public and private schools in the Chicago area, you will have the chance to work with a wide variety of students with a range of gifts, abilities and challenges.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 15
  • Winter: December 1
  • Spring: March 1
  • Summer: May 1

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, résumé, letters of recommendation, a personal statement and a writing sample.

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Required Courses

You’ll take six core courses, five research courses, an elective, five concentration courses and choose between a capstone or dissertation. An internship is required for superintendent licensure.

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of Curriculum Studies graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Inspiring faculty, invested in your education

Learn from faculty members who care about your personal and professional growth, like Associate Professor Jeffrey Kuzmic. Professor Kuzmic motivates his students to better understand their scholarly responsibility to the education system. He is driven by his own research in the areas of gender, teaching and education, democratic schooling, teacher professionalism, and the relationship between our understandings of democracy, and curriculum theory and practice.

“DePaul empowered me to responsively work in and outside formal and informal education systems.”

Ryan (EdD ’13)

Associate Faculty, Ashford University
Ryan, Curriculum Studies EdD alum  

Alumni Network

Curriculum Studies (EdD) graduates can be found in K-12 institutions and universities across the country, like Brown, Cornell, Northwestern, University of Chicago and DePaul. The College of Education has a variety of alumni resources, like professional development workshops, networking events and continuing professional development unit (CPDU) opportunities.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admissions for DePaul’s College of Education at (773) 325-4405 or

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