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Curriculum culture and change

Admission requirements summary

Education, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Indicate specialization: curriculum culture and change

of entry:

Summer or fall

Nov 15 (early consideration)

Feb 1 (final deadline)

Special requirements:
Personal interview and writing sample may be requested.

Personal goals statement and professional vitae/resume required.

The curriculum culture and change track offers a rigorous doctoral-level learning experience in curriculum and instruction with a strong emphasis on advocacy and social justice. The track prepares curriculum and instruction leaders for positions in school systems at the building level and above, as well as scholars with a wide range of curricular interests — urban education, rural education, linguistically diverse groups, oppressed groups, critical pedagogy, philosophical and sociocultural foundations of education, etc. In addition to a deep grounding in theoretical, practical and methodological approaches to curriculum and instruction, the track prepares instructional leaders to advocate for change across a wide range of institutions, systems and contexts.

The track offers challenging learning experiences in the field of curriculum and instruction. Its expressed social justice values allow us to frame courses in ways that provide critical analyses of contemporary schooling and ground students in the philosophical and historical roots of school change. The program welcomes students with interests in all institutional settings serving students across the life span (early childhood through adulthood) as well as informal and nonformal contexts. It also allows for discipline-specific cohorts in fields such as STEM and literacy.

The track distinguishes itself by preparing curriculum and instruction leaders to be change agents capable of working in school systems, higher education and advocacy organizations. It reflects an activist stance toward the education profession — one that views schooling as not only shaped by society but also as an active force for equity and meaningful societal change. It will appeal to a wide range of students: those seeking to become instructional leaders in school systems, those preparing to teach in the academy and all those desiring a strong foundation in educational reform.


Concentration component 24
Curriculum culture and change track
(required sequence)
TEDU 617 Instructional Models  
TEDU 730 Educational Staff Development  
TEDU 731 Instructional Theories and Strategies  
TEDU 732 Advanced Seminar in Curriculum Studies  
EDUS 706 Educational Theory and Praxis in Historical and Contemporary Contexts  
EDUS 707 Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Schooling, Society and Change  
Other courses selected in consultation with the adviser  



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