Cultural Studies

Doctoral Program

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

The Cultural Studies in Education Doctor of Philosophy Degree prepares students to address current issues and theory in multicultural education. This is achieved by preparing students through specialized coursework and research in the form of a dissertation. Students will be prepared to become teacher educators, professors and advocates for equality in curriculum and education for a diverse group of learners.

Program Details

Semester Start: Fall

Deadline to Apply: December 1

GRE Required? No

Location: On Campus

Schedule: Flexible

Length of Program: 60 months, 63 hours 

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Focuses on historical and contemporary issues and discourses concerning African American students in schools and society.

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Creates scholarship based around teacher education, especially relating to race and culture.

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Examines effects of race, class and capital in schools and society; investigates and extends traditions of critical pedagogy and philosophy.

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Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusive Excellence, College of Education

Dr. Salinas is a member of the Social Studies Education program area and is an affiliate faculty member in the Bilingual/Bicultural and the Cultural Studies in Education program areas. Her focus in the social studies includes critical historical inqu...

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Follows trends around cultural and racial identities, agency, migration, and social movements in education.

Foundation Requirements (9 hours required)

  • EDC 380F  Sociocultural Foundations
  • EDC 381F  Introduction to Teaching and Teacher Education
  • EDC 383F  Curriculum Theory

Research Methodology Requirements (Minimum 12 hours)

To be taken in sequence:

  1. EDC 381R  Introduction to Systems of Human Inquiry
  2. The following two courses (6 hours), in any order:
    • EDC 385R  Introduction to Quantitative Research
    • EDC 386R  Introduction to Qualitative Research
  3. One course (3 hours) selected from the following:
    • EDC 387R  Advanced Quantitative Research
    • EDC 388R  Advanced Qualitative Research
  • EDC 396T  Directed Research in Curriculum & Instruction (6 hours minimum)
    Please Note: EDC 396T can be taken more than once for credit
  • Two additional courses (6 hours) that include a substantial research component approved by academic adviser.

Students with an emphasis on Cultural Studies in Education will take additional related courses, selected with the assistance and approval of the area program adviser. To help meet their personal career goals, students are encouraged to select courses from other clusters in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

CSE doctoral students are required to take EDC 385G Cultural Theory in Education, preferably within the first year in the program.

Among the courses that might be selected to fulfill the specialization requirement are the following:

  • EDC 385G  Advanced Multicultural Education
  • EDC 380G  Anthropology of Education
  • EDC 385G  Chicana Feminist Theorists
  • EDC 385G  Critical Pedagogy
  • EDC 385G  Cultural Knowledge of Teachers and Teaching
  • EDC 385G  Education in Contemporary Black America
  • EDC 385G  Explorations in the Education of the Mexican American Child
  • EDC 385G  Foundations of Curriculum
  • EDC 385G  Identity, Agency, and Education
  • EDC 385G  Immigration Theory in Education
  • EDC 385G  Race and Ethnic Relations in Schools
  • EDC 392L  Philosophical Foundations of Education

Coursework from sections General Requirements, Directed Research, and Special Requirements may fulfill this requirement (thus hours in this section may already be counted as credit towards total hours).

CSE students are highly encouraged to take courses outside the College of Education to fulfill this requirement. Suggested areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Mexican American Studies, African and African Diaspora Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, History, Latin American Studies, Cultural Studies, American Studies.

Students are required to continuously register for at least three credits of dissertation once they have advanced to candidacy

You must register in X99W (399, 699 or 999W) in each semester of candidacy until you graduate.

Please Note: Students receiving fellowships, assistantships, or other financial aid, may be required to take 9 hours of dissertation credit each semester.

Luis Urrieta

Program Area Coordinator
Luis Urrieta

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Program Area Advisor
Keffrelyn Brown

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