College of Education > Academics > Leadership, Language & Curriculum > Graduate Programs > Curriculum Studies (PhD)
The Curriculum Studies (PhD) program prepares you to strengthen your own practice, challenging you to work for social justice and educational excellence. The program focuses on educational curriculum in the context of sociocultural and political environments, forcing you to think critically about opportunities and problems in education. The PhD in Curriculum Studies is for those who seek academic careers such as researchers or university faculty; leadership positions in educational policy, local or state agencies; or curriculum positions in schools or community learning environments.
The program offers additional licensure and endorsement options: superintendent, teacher leadership or principal preparation. All classes meet in the evenings at the Lincoln Park Campus. The program can be completed in just over three years.
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.
Submit an online application, official transcripts, résumé, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a writing sample and GRE scores.
You’ll take six core courses, five research courses, one elective, five concentration courses, one non-credit, non-tuition candidacy course and complete two dissertation courses.
The average reported salary for 2017 Curriculum Studies doctoral program graduates was $81,000.
of 2018 master’s degree recipients from the Curriculum Studies program were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment within six months of graduation.
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.”
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.
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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