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Social and Cultural Studies in Education

PhD Program Curriculum

Ph.D. Concentration in Social and Cultural Studies in Education (SCSE)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. A typical doctoral program in the SCSE concentration thus will entail approximately 13 to 16 graduate courses, depending on the student's prior record. Students are eligible for comprehensive examinations following successful completion of coursework. Upon successful completion of comprehensive exams, focused dissertation work begins.
  5. Each SCSE doctoral student will be assigned an initial major advisor. Within a year each student will identify an advisory committee comprised of a major advisor, two additional department faculty members and a faculty member representing the minor area. This committee will administer the student's comprehensive examination upon completion of coursework, per School of Education and Graduate Studies rules regarding such examinations.
  6. Comprehensive examinations in SCSE will focus on the fields of study that the student's program of study has emphasized. Students will be questioned on these areas in their programs and in the cognate area. The written portion of the comprehensive exam should be completed within one week's time. The oral exam is to be held within a month of successful completion of the written exam. Upon successful completion of the comprehensive examination, the student enters candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.
  7. School of Education and Graduate Studies rules regarding the dissertation proposal, the dissertation committee, preparation of the dissertation, and the dissertation defense are observed in the SCSE concentration. The student's dissertation committee will include the major advisor and at least two other faculty members from the ELPS Department, in addition to a faculty member representing the cognate.

Summary of principal program elements

  • 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)
  • College Teaching
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation research—19-22 credit hours
  • Dissertation Defense

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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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