Degrees & Programs

Curriculum Studies

What should we teach in schools, and how should we teach it? Who decides what should be taught? How does an increasing emphasis on education standards change the way we teach students of different genders, cultures, or socioeconomic backgrounds? How do we provide individualized instruction in a group of students of different abilities and interests? Just as importantly, how should we prepare the next generation of teachers for the 21st century classroom?

The answers to these and many other questions will shape education policy and practice in the coming decades. As a doctoral student in curriculum studies, you can help discover the best solutions.

Programs Offered:

Our curriculum studies program is ranked #7 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to explore diverse theoretical approaches to curriculum development from internationally recognized faculty, engage in original research based on your specific scholarly interests, and use your findings to develop new approaches.

Under the mentorship of your chosen faculty advisor, you’ll design a program tailored to your interests and professional experiences. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to make a lasting impact on the future of education. In fact, our graduates are found among faculty in major universities around the world and in leadership positions throughout the major professional societies represented within the field.


Our curriculum studies faculty boasts a wide range of research interests, including curriculum theory and design, early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, social studies education, curriculum and culture, curriculum and gender, teacher education, school reform, and evaluation of educational programs.

Doctoral candidates will work closely with their chosen faculty advisor, who helps them plan their degree program, choose research topics, and is a partner in their intellectual growth.

  • Keith Barton, Professor, Curriculum Studies and Social Studies Education
  • Cary Buzzelli, Professor of Early Childhood Education
  • Kathryn Engebretson, Assistant Professor
  • David Flinders, Professor of Curriculum Studies
  • Carol-Anne Hossler, Clinical Associate Professor of Elementary Education
  • Melissa Keller, Co-Director, Elementary Certification Master's Program
  • Patricia Kubow, Professor and Director, Center for International Education, Development and Research (CIEDR)
  • Robert Kunzman, Professor of Curriculum Studies and Philosophy of Education, and Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Chair for Teacher Education
  • Lara Lackey, Chair, Department of Curriculum & Instruction; Associate Professor, Art Education
  • Marjorie Manifold, Associate Professor in Art Education
  • Terrence Mason, Interim Dean
  • Mary McMullen, Professor of Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood Education and Associate Chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction
  • Laura Stachowski, Director, Global Gateway for Teachers
  • Elizabeth Vallance, Associate Professor (Emeritus), Art Education

While most candidates go on to faculty positions in education, many students pursue careers directing curriculum in P-12 environments, work in agencies both public and private, or join research institutions.

Our career office can help you with the job search process, from expanding your professional network to preparing for interviews.


For detailed information about our degree programs, please contact:

Cary Buzelli, Professor of Early Childhood Education
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 3208
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Phone: (812) 856-8184