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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Curriculum Studies

Purdue’s graduate program in curriculum studies explores the cultural, political, and economic dimensions of education, with emphases on social justice, multiculturalism, and international concerns.

We focus on the theories and practices of teaching and learning: both traditional questions concerning curriculum design and evaluation and newer questions that have emerged in the field, including how curriculum is culturally, politically, and economically situated; contemporary analyses of curriculum and instruction discourses; and multicultural, global and international dimensions of teaching and learning.

This program has rolling admission. Incomplete applications are not reviewed.



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Program Requirements

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I. Curriculum Studies and C&I Core – 17 credits

Required 11 credits:

  • EDCI 58000 Foundations of Curriculum
  • EDCI 58500 Multicultural Education
  • EDCI 62800 EDCI Doctoral Seminar (two semesters)
  • EDCI 68200 Contemporary Curriculum Theory

An additional 3 credits of Humanities or Social Sciences taken outside of C&I, determined in conjunction with advisor.

An additional 3 credits in Curriculum:

  • EDCI 59000 Individual Research Problems (curriculum focus)
  • EDCI 68400 Seminar in Curriculum Studies (may be repeated for credit)

II. Curriculum Studies Elective Focus Area – 15 credits

III. Educational Research Courses

The candidate must complete the following research methodology courses before embarking on their thesis project.

  • EDPS 53300 Introduction to Research in Education
  • EDCI 61500 Qualitative Research I
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Advanced Elective (qualitative or quantitative methods)
  • EDPS 63000 Research Seminar OR approved Curriculum Studies substitute

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