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Social and Cultural Studies in Education

Ph.D. Program Curriculum

Within the doctoral major area of study, students take both a series of SCSE courses and a cognate concentration outside of SCSE. The SCSE portion of the major represents courses related to the history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology or politics of education, selected with the guidance of a faculty advisor and a faculty committee. Such courses should offer an opportunity for students to focus on a variety of theoretical and research-based questions. A minimum of 18 hours of coursework is required this aspect of the major concentration. Review the program plan here.

Also within the major, students are also expected to identify a cognate area of study related to SCSE, typically outside the ELPS department. This can have a disciplinary focus, such as history, philosophy or sociology; it also can represent interdisciplinary coursework with a particular thematic or topical orientation, inside or outside the School of Education. A minimum of 12 hours of coursework is required for this aspect of the major concentration; a maximum of 15 hours may be used to fulfill cognate requirements for the doctoral major. Other aspects of the Ph.D. in SCSE conform to School of Education requirements concerning fulfillment of research methods requirements, college teaching and the School's doctoral core. 12 credit hours of research methods coursework are also normally required. A typical doctoral program in the SCSE concentration thus will entail approximately 13 to 16 graduate courses, depending on the student's prior record.

  • Major SCSE Concentration Coursework—18 to 21 credit hours (6 or 7 courses)
  • Major Cognate Coursework—12 to 15 credit hours (4 or 5 courses)
  • Doctoral Core—3 credit hours (1 course)
  • Research methods Coursework—12 credit hours (4 courses)

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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.

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