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Social and Cultural Studies in Education

Ph.D. in Social & Cultural Studies in Education at KU

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Note: Effective Spring of 2021: The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is temporarily not accepting applications for admission to the PhD degree in Social and Cultural Studies in Education.  In addition, ELPS made major changes to the program structure and curriculum for its PhD concentrations.  Please see the attached document for the most current and accurate information about the program.  Pending a major upgrade to KU's entire website, we have not made changes to the individual links associated with the PhD in Social and Cultural Studies in Education so information associated with program structure and curriculum links on the left navigation bar is incorrect.  Individuals interested in Social and Cultural Studies in Education are encouraged to contact Argun Saaticioglu (argun@ku.edu), associate professor, to consider alternative program options.


Benefits of the program include:

  • Customizable & Flexible Curriculum - Coursework reflects the needs & aspirations of each student, and prepares researchers, teachers and educational leaders for a variety of settings.
  • Program Reputation - KU's Ph.D. in Social & Cultural Studies in Education is offered through the KU School of Education and Human Sciences, which was recently ranked 8th in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report's Best Public Education Schools.
  • Vibrant Campus Environment - In the heart of the United States, the city of Lawrence revolves around the University and its students. Learn more about Joseph R. Pearson Hall.
  • Graduate Student Funding - A degree from the KU School of Education and Human Sciences will be one of the best investments you can make in yourself. Let us help you afford it.


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*This program is a doctor of philosophy in educational leadership and policy with an emphasis in social and cultural studies in education.

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Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Graduate Teaching Assistant(s) needed to teach the following:

  • ELPS 301. Educational Technology in Elementary-Middle Education. 3 Hours.
  • ELPS 302. Educational Technology in Middle/Secondary Education. 3 Hours.
  • ELPS 250. Education and Society. 3 Hours. AE41/AE51.

Learn more & apply here. (pdf)