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Curriculum Studies (EdS)

Curriculum Studies (EdS)
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Develop curriculum to benefit all learners

The Curriculum Studies (EdS) program gives you the chance to analyze and develop successful and impactful instructional options for your students. With a thorough understanding of the sociocultural and political context of your environment and knowledge of a variety of approaches, you will be positioned to create learning opportunities for students from preschool to the university level.

The Curriculum Studies Education Specialist program provides advanced study beyond a master’s but does not require a dissertation.

All classes meet in the evenings at the Lincoln Park Campus. The degree program can be completed in two and a half years.

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Study curriculum development in a dynamic city

Pursuing your degree in Chicago gives you the chance to work and learn in urban, suburban and rural schools. You’ll impact wealthy and impoverished communities made up of students from all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds.

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, three research courses, one elective and five concentration courses.

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

Passionate faculty driven to make a difference

Joby Gardner, an associate professor and director of the Curriculum Studies master’s and doctoral programs, has long specialized in the education of non-traditional students. In his teaching experience, research and work with the Peace and Education Project, he focuses on helping students who are returning to school after a prolonged absence. Gardner also has an interest in teacher education and retention, which he works on with the Teachers’ Inquiry Project (TIP) in association with Francis W. Parker School in Chicago.

Alumni Network

Your degree connects you to nearly 17,500 fellow educators, most of whom live in the Chicago area. The College of Education has a variety of alumni resources, like networking, workshops 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 Admission for DePaul’s College of Education at (773) 325-4405 or

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