Program Overview

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 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.

Emphasis areas offered:

  • Cultural Curriculum Studies
  • Instructional Improvement
  • Multicultural/International Studies
  • Teacher Leadership

Admission Requirements

  • Complete the work necessary to be eligible for the minimum of a Master’s degree from an accredited graduate institution.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Submit completed application for admission, required application fee and official transcripts consistent with the College of Graduate Studies admission requirements.
  • Submit three (3) professional letters of reference.
  • Complete “Disclosure and Affirmation questions” that address misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.
  • Complete a writing sample.
  • Complete an interview, if requested.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA.(www.naces.org)

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Statesboro Degree Requirements: 66-78 (Minimum of 66 Credit Hours beyond Master’s Including Dissertation, 60 Credit Hours beyond Master’s Excluding Dissertation)

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Admission Deadlines

Fall Spring Summer
Final Deadline Does not Admit Does not Admit January 30th

Why Curriculum Studies at Georgia Southern?

The Ed.D. in Curriculum Studies at Georgia Southern University is an interdisciplinary program that encompasses a broad range of considerations from the purely theoretical to the pragmatic questions of design and evaluation. Graduates from our program are equipped with knowledge and skills that enable them to be leaders who are capable of making ethical and wise decisions in professional settings, as well as competent scholars who are able to conduct independent research and evaluate research projects and scholarly creations.

Most of our students are working professionals in the field of education. Therefore, our program is designed to facilitate their needs. Ed.D. in Curriculum Studies is offered in a hybrid format on the Statesboro Campus that consists of online courses with required face-to-face meetings on selected weekends. The program admits students only once per year, and students begin the program in the summer semester.

Program Design

This degree program consists of work in five areas: (1) Curriculum Studies Foundations, (2) Research and Inquiry, (3) Curriculum and Pedagogy Courses (with certification/non-certification options), (4) Emphasis Area, and (5) Dissertation. The first two areas require a combined minimum of 39 semester hours of course work, the third area requires a minimum of 9 semester hours of course work, the fourth area requires a minimum of 12 semester hours, and the fifth area requires a minimum of 6 variable semester hours. The complete program requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of course work plus 6 hours of dissertation credit.

  • Curriculum Studies Foundations

This is the nexus of the program. As such, it contains courses to be taken by all doctoral students. The Core intertwines the theoretical, ethical, and historical concepts underpinning curriculum work with advanced theories of design, development, and implementation.

  • Research and Inquiry

This portion of the program is designed to create scholars who might apply their knowledge base to the solving of problems encountered in daily education work. Both components of the Research and Inquiry Core are understood to be essential in the preparation of doctoral students who will engage in meaningful, productive investigations into critical issues in curriculum. The Research component provides for advanced study into specific methodologies and their appropriate applications. The Inquiry component addresses theoretical questions of the orientation of various research paradigms so that the doctoral student might make an informed decision as to the general approach (i.e., quantitative or qualitative) he/she will wish to pursue in order to effectively address a topic or problem in the curriculum.

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy Courses

This praxis-oriented segment of the program of study provides opportunities for students to apply curriculum theory in their professional work environments. Curriculum and pedagogy courses satisfy the advanced pedagogy requirement for students seeking a certificate upgrade.

  • Emphasis Areas

This program offers three interdisciplinary emphasis areas covering a broad terrain of scholarly inquiry and educational application.

  1. Cultural Curriculum Studies
    This emphasis area provides intensive exposure to critical aspects of the Curriculum Studies field. It also centers on the study of popular culture in its many manifestations and the implications of the ways in which the study of these educational sites impact the social construction of identity and the intersections of popular culture on pedagogy and curriculum theory.
  2. Learning, Development, & Curriculum
    This emphasis area meets the needs of many practicing professionals including curriculum directors, staff development personnel, instructional coordinators, high school department chairs, and lead teachers as well as others in teaching or administrative positions at the P-12 level or in higher education.
  3. Multicultural and Social Justice Education
    This emphasis area reflects the growing importance of multicultural and international studies at all levels of education. The emphasis area allows examination of the needs of culturally diverse groups, the relationship between culture and academic achievement, and the nature of international schooling.
Program taught in:
  • English

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