The Doctoral Program in Curriculum Studies is unique both in the construction of the Core and Research segments and the diversity of the supporting areas. This program balances survey courses with in depth investigations on topics in Curriculum Studies.
The Program Core provides a comprehensive coverage of five critical areas in Curriculum Studies:
History of American Education
Power and Schooling
History of American Curriculum
Philosophies of Education
Inquiry and Development of Educational Practice
The Research and Inquiry Core provides a comprehensive introduction and orientation to the wide range of scholarly inquiry extant in contemporary curriculum research. By progressing through this sequence of courses and investigating the assumptions found within the major paradigms of educational inquiry, exploring the quantitative and qualitative research paradigms, and considering the wide range of research possibilities mobilized in the field of Curriculum Studies, the student gains a complete and comprehensive understanding of advanced research.
Electives available in these two areas offer opportunities for in depth study of any number of curriculum issues, theorists, or reform movements as well as deeper and more detailed investigations into research methodologies.
1. Complete the work necessary to be eligible for the minimum of a Master’s degree from an accredited
2. Present a minimum grade point average of 3.50 (4.0 scale) in all graduate work attempted (or other
appropriate evidence of scholarly aptitude necessary for doctoral study).
3. Present current official report from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General or the Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT) showing competitive scores. International Students who have not earned a degree at an institution of higher education in the United States must also submit the results of the TOEFL Examination.
4. Submit completed application for admission, required application fee and official transcripts consistent with the College of Graduate Studies admission requirements.
5. Submit three (3) professional letters of reference.
6. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.