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Curriculum Studies (PhD)

Curriculum Studies (PhD)
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Develop curriculum through critical analysis

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.

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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, one elective, five concentration courses, one non-credit, non-tuition candidacy course and complete two dissertation courses.

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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.

“I chose DePaul’s College of Education because I wanted to study under Dr. Jason Goulah. I had been engaged with the research and practice of value-creating education, philosophy and practice espoused by three Japanese educators, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, Josei Toda, and Daisaku Ikeda, prior to coming to DePaul, and I wanted to further my study in the area. DePaul is the only university in the U.S. that has the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education, and Dr. Goulah is one of the foremost scholars in the field.”

Nozomi (PhD ’20)

Nozomi, Curriculum Studies PhD student  

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 Admission for DePaul’s College of Education at (773) 325-4405 or

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