The PhD in Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education requires successful completion of a minimum of 135 graduate credits. Of these, at least 84 credits must be earned after admission to the program. All credits are assumed to be graduate-level courses, unless otherwise specified.

Core Courses - 45 credits

Required Core Courses - 33 credits

Curriculum Theory: Contesting Educational Content, EDST 662 - A critical survey of the history of curriculum theory, the subfield that asks the fundamental question: what is worth teaching? Offered alternate years.

Learning and Motivational Sciences, EDST 654 - A survey of the learning and motivational sciences for advanced graduate students. Offered alternate years.

Educational Sociology: Reproduction to Resistance, EDST 661 - Focuses on the ways in which schools reproduce, reinforce, and challenge prevailing social, economic and political relationships. Offered alternate years.

Grant Writing Seminar, EDST 667 - Seminar designed to provide graduate students with the knowledge and skills needed to write successful grant proposals for research, professional development and curriculum development projects.

Thesis Writing Seminar, EDST 666 - Graduate seminar for doctoral students who have been advanced to candidacy. Emphasis is on support through the dissertation proposal writing process.

Professional Development Seminars, EDST 607 - three, two-credit courses taken with cohort members the first academic year of the program.  Designed to build intellectual community within the cohort. Focus is on program and career advising, goal setting, planning for conferences, getting published and discussion of other aspects of professional academic work (beginning with Cohort IV).

Research Apprenticeship, EDST 601 - Fall-2 credits, Winter-2 credits, Spring-3 credits; taken during the second academic year of the program (beginning with Cohort IV).

Elective Core Courses - 12 credits (Three courses selected from two of these emphasis areas: CLS, PS, SC and TE)
Cultural and Linguistics Studies in Education (CLS)
  • Second Langauge Literacy, EDST 610
  • Education and Immigration, EDST 663 - Examines the way educational institutions have responded to human migration generally and to immigrant students, with an emphasis onbilingual education policy. Offered alternate years.
Psychological Studies in Education (PS)
  • Creativity and Conformity in Classrooms, EDST 655 - Focuses on the role that creativity and imagination play in teaching, learning and meaning making. Offered alternate years.
Social Context of Education (SC)
  • Urban Schools: History and Politics, EDST 660 - Examine the historical, economic, political, legal, and social context of contemporary urban schooling systems. Offered alternate years.
Teacher Education (TE)
  • Participatory Action Research, EDST 610
  • Teacher Education: Policy and Practice, EDST 650 - Explores the work of contemporary scholars who are attempting to bridge the division between policy and practice in teacher education. Offered alternate years.
  • Teacher Education: Analyzing Foundational Concepts, EDST 652 - Examines foundational concepts that shape research and practice in teacher education. Offered alternate years.

Research Methodology Courses - 40 credits

Required Research Courses - 24 credits

Philosophy of Research, EDST 670 - Examines the philosophical assumptions that underlie various research methodologies in the human and social sciences.

Qualitative Methodology I: Interpretivist Inquiry, EDUC 630 - Examines the history of qualitative research in the study of human experience, emphasizing interpretive approaches to qualitative research that retain the regulative ideal of objectivity.

Qualitative Methodology II: Postcritical Inquiry, EDUC 632 - Explores the epistemic limits of representing human experience, and the political and ethical implications for researchers beginning with Marx. Pre- or coreq: EDUC 630.

Social Science Research Design, EDUC 612 - Overview of qualitative, quantitative, and single-subject research methods. Emphasis on introducing students to considerations, issues, and techniques of social science research design.

Educational Statistics, EDUC 614 - Foundations of statistical methods for research producers. Covers sampling methods, descriptive statistics, standard scores, distributions, estimation, statisticalsignificance testing, T tests, correlation, Pearson’s chi-square test, power, effect size. Prereq: EDUC 612.

Applied Statistical Design and Analysis, EDUC 640 - Factor analysis of variance, planned comparisons, post hoc tests, trend analysis, effect size and strength of association measures, repeated measures designs. Prereq: EDUC 614.

Additional Qualitative or Quantitative Methodology Research Courses - 16 credits

Qualitative Methodology III: Posthumanist Inquiry, EDUC 634 - Examines theoretical influences on qualitative research beginning with those associated with the linguistic turn, then critiquing the linguistic turn, and ending with the ontological turn. Pre- or coreq: EDUC 630, EDUC 632.

Advanced Qualitative Methodology: New Materialisms, EDUC 636 - Examines contemporary theoretical explorations prompted by “the new materialisms” and how questions of ontology and materiality produce considerations of agency, data, subjectivity, voice, and analysis. Pre- or coreq: EDUC 630, EDUC 632, EDUC 634

Advanced Qualitative Methodology: Arts-Based Approaches, EDST 673 - Explores the ethics and aesthetics of naturalistic studies of human experience and surveys the latest innovations in qualitative social science methodology.

Multiple Regression in Educational Research, EDUC 642 - Application and use of multiple regression in educational research. Topics include bivariate regression, multiple regression with continuous and categorical independent variables. Prereq: EDUC 640.

Applied Multivariate Statistics, EDUC 644 - Advanced statistical techniques including covariance analyses, discriminant function analysis, multivariate analysis of variance, principal components analysis, exploratory factor analysis. Prereq: EDUC 640.

Advanced Research Design, EDUC 646 - Provides a deeper understanding of educational research with an emphasis on principles of research designs and their use in applied research. Offered alternate years. Prereq: EDUC 640.


Cognate Courses - 12 credits

A set of thematically organized doctoral level courses taken outside the department of Education Studies.  These are usually taken all within one department (e.g. Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, etc.).


Electives - 16 credits

This is a minimum number of credits, not a maximum, and represents approved courses chosen with approval of the faculty advisor.  These can be transfer credits with approval of the program director.


Advancement Courses - 22 credits

Comprehensive Exam, EDST 605 - After completing the required residency, clearing all Incomplete ("I") grades for programmatically required courses, and completing 100 credits of coursework (or receiving written approval from their Comps Advisor), students enroll in 4 credits of EDST 605: Read Comps.  See Handbook IV or V for additional information. Fall and Spring terms only.

Dissertation, EDST 603 - After passing the comprehensive exam, completing all Program of Study courses and resolving all Incomplete ("I") grades for programmatically required courses, students work with the CSSE Administrator to apply to the Graduate School for advancement to candidacy.  Once this is granted by the Graduate School, students enroll in a minimum of 3 credits per term while working on their dissertation.  The Graduate School requires a minimum of 18 credits of Dissertation to graduate.