Doctorate (Ph.D.)

in Curriculum & Instruction
with an emphasis in
Social Studies Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Social Studies Education

Please see the Ph.D. section of the School of Teaching & Learning website to learn more about these degrees. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Washington, Program Coordinator or Dr. Albert Ritzhaupt, Graduate Coordinator.

Course Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 90 hours of graduate coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree. Please bear in mind that your advisor and doctoral committee members could require more than the minimum. Doctoral students must take coursework in the following areas in the table below. (Note: For educational research coursework, make sure to consult the College of Education approved list of doctoral courses.)

Coursework/Degree Requirements
Credit Hours
Area of Specialization in Social Education
21
Minor or Specialization in Teacher education, foundations, technology, or media literacy
15
Social or Historical Foundations
3
Doctoral Seminars in the School of Teaching & Learning
15
Educational research coursework in one of three tracks: qualitative, quantitative, or combined qualitative/quantitative
12
Supervised Dissertation Research
12-24
Qualifying Written AND Oral Exams
N/A
Dissertation proposal and defense
N/A
Assistantship
9 (minimum)
Fellowship
12 (minimum)