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Alternative Writing Prompt

​If you do not wish to provide an existing writing sample, please write a response to the following questions that correspond with the program to which you are applying.​

  1. Explain what aspect of curriculum, education, or policy you plan to make the focus of your advanced study, capstone project, or dissertation research. Why have you selected this focus? Include references to literature and research that you deem relevant and that has helped shape your perspective on these issues.

  2. DePaul’s program in Curriculum Studies is designed to assist in the development of educational leaders with a commitment to social justice and educational opportunity. Describe how you have worked for justice and educational opportunity in your professional life and how DePaul’s program in Curriculum Studies will help you do so in the future. Include references to literature and research that you deem relevant and that has helped shape your perspective on these issues.

  3. Discuss an ethical dilemma in education or leadership that you have dealt with professionally. As you faced this dilemma, what were your options? How did you resolve this dilemma and what did you learn from the experience? How did this experience help shape you as an educator and a leader? Include references to literature and research that you deem relevant and that has helped shape your perspective.
  1. DePaul’s doctoral program in Educational Leadership is designed to assist in the development of educational leaders with a commitment to social justice and equity. Share your understanding of the concept of education for social justice and equity. Include references to literature and research that you deem relevant and have helped shape your perspective on this concept. Describe how you have already demonstrated leadership and a commitment to social justice and equity in your professional life and how you plan to do so in the future. Include references to literature and research that you deem relevant and have helped shape your perspective on this concept (or issue).

  2. Discuss an ethical dilemma in education or leadership you have dealt with professionally. As you faced this dilemma, what were your options? How did you resolve this dilemma and what did you learn from the experience? How did this experience help shape you as a leader? Include references to literature and research that you deem relevant and have helped shape your perspective on this concept (or issue).

  3. Explain what aspect of curriculum, education, or policy you plan to make the focus of your advanced study and dissertation research. Why have you selected this focus? Include references to literature and research that you deem relevant and have helped shape your perspective on this concept (or issue).

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