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.

Course Announcement!

J762:  Dialogue and Difference: Ethics, Religion, and Democracy in Education

Fall semester 2014: Thursdays, 1-3:45 p.m.

Instructor: Rob Kunzman

A quick glance at the daily headlines, and it’s clear that the public square is full of disagreements about the best ways to live:  genetic engineering, euthanasia, abortion, same-sex marriage, censorship, sex education, children’s rights, etc.  Many of these conflicts involve religious and other ethical perspectives.  Should schools play a role in helping prepare citizens to deliberate thoughtfully about such issues?  Even when religion is involved?  Many questions emerge from here:

  • Is it possible to gain an empathetic understanding of unfamiliar ethical beliefs and perspectives?
  • What does respectful deliberation look like, and how can we foster it?
  • Can we learn to reach accommodation and compromise even when deep ethical convictions are involved?
  • How can this “ethical dialogue” be tailored to meet students’ developmental needs and interests?
  • Are there effective curricula aimed at facilitating dialogue marked by respect and civility?

This graduate seminar will consider how theoretical perspectives on questions such as these can inform educational practice.  The course will be interdisciplinary in nature, drawing from philosophy, psychology, political theory, case law, religious studies, and curriculum theory.  Students will have the opportunity to pursue their own line of disciplinary inquiry as it relates to these issues of moral and civic education, with the dual goal of deepening their own insight and contributing to a broad understanding for fellow seminar participants.  Readings will include scholars such as Amy Gutmann, Deborah Tannen, Jeffrey Stout, Paul Weithman, Nel Noddings, Diana Hess, Walter Parker, and Danielle Allen.

Enrollment is not limited by course or program prerequisites.  Please contact Rob Kunzman with any questions: rkunzman@indiana.edu; office: ED 1000.

Overview

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.

Degrees

The IU School of Education offers the following degrees in Curriculum Studies:

Ed.D. in Curriculum Studies

If you have already earned a master’s degree and have a focus on the practice of teaching and on being a practitioner, the master’s + 60-credit hour doctorate in education degree might be appropriate for you.

This program prepares you to work as a curriculum director or supervisor in a P-12 learning environment or in higher education.

With the help of your faculty advisor, you’ll choose your course work based on your scholarly interests, from teacher evaluation to teaching in multicultural environments to teaching in community college or a teacher education institution. You’ll also choose a 9-credit hour doctoral minor either inside or outside the School of Education, in a field that will add depth to your chosen research focus.

Download the Curriculum Studies Program Guide

Degree Requirements

Complete course descriptions and detailed degree requirements may be found in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

At the completion of your course work and before you begin your dissertation, you will need to pass a qualifying exam, in the form of portfolio of work and an oral examination.

Inquiry Core (9 cr.)

The inquiry core includes a survey course in research methodologies and beginning courses in statistics, measurement, program evaluation, or in ethnographic, qualitative, quantitative, and historical research methods. See a complete list of approved inquiry core courses from the Office of Graduate Studies.

Major (27 cr.)

At least three (3) credit hours must be in an inquiry linkage course. (No early inquiry experience course is required.)

Minor (9 cr.)

At least nine (9) credit hours of course work will be taken in an area of study outside of curriculum studies. The minor must complement the major. The committee member representing the minor field must approve the selection of courses in the minor area.

An interdepartmental/interdisciplinary minor is also possible. In this case, the student must submit a written description of the theme of the minor, an explanation of the contribution of each course to that theme, and a rationale for the selection of the minor representative.

Dissertation (9 cr.)

The focus of the dissertation is on data collection and analysis for the purpose of answering practical questions in the field. Course work will include:

  • At least three (3) credit hours of J795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation 
  • At least six (6) credit hours of J799 Doctoral Thesis in Curriculum and Instruction
Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies

Prepare for a career as a university or college educator and researcher. This flexible 90-credit hour degree program is designed for students who want to conduct quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodological research on issues related to curriculum practices. Under the guidance of your chosen faculty advisor, you’ll have the freedom to explore topics of your own interest as you pursue your course work and your research.

You’ll also pursue a 12-credit hour minor in either another School of Education discipline or from outside programs that can include cultural studies, anthropology, literature, environmental and public affairs, or business.

Download the Curriculum Studies Doctorial Program Guide

Degree Requirements

Complete course descriptions and detailed degree requirements may be found in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

At the completion of your course work and before you begin your dissertation, you will need to pass a qualifying exam, in the form of portfolio of work and an oral examination.

Inquiry Core (9 cr. minimum)

The inquiry core includes a survey course in research methodologies and beginning courses in statistics, measurement, program evaluation, or in ethnographic, qualitative, quantitative, and historical research methods. See a complete list of approved inquiry core courses from the Office of Graduate Studies.

Major (36 cr.)

At least six (6) credit hours must be in inquiry linkage courses, including an early inquiry experience.

Minor (12 cr.)

At least twelve (12) credit hours of course work will be taken in an area of study outside of curriculum studies. The minor must complement the major. The committee member representing the minor field must approve the selection of courses in the minor area.

An interdepartmental/interdisciplinary minor is also possible. In this case, the student must submit a written description of the theme of the minor, an explanation of the contribution of each course to that theme, and a rationale for the selection of the minor representative.

Electives (up to 27 cr.)

This category can include foundations courses, minor course work, or inquiry course work.

Dissertation (15 cr.)

  • At least three (3) credit hours of J795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation
  • At least twelve (12) credit hours of J799 Doctoral Thesis in Curriculum and Instruction
Faculty

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.

Careers

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.

Contact

For detailed information about our degree programs, please contact:

Professor Keith Barton, Program Director
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 3234
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Email: kcbarton@indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 856-8058