Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education Program

Why earn a graduate degree in critical and sociocultural studies in education?

Our critical and sociocultural studies in education (CSSE) doctoral program is designed to prepare scholars who will:

  • Be active in the professional research association in their field
  • Publish research in peer-reviewed journals and academic presses
  • Eventually secure positions as faculty members at research universities or research centers, or work at state and federal agencies

Our program provides a comprehensive approach to educational research that considers the consequences of contemporary schooling systems while developing alternatives to current practices that result in systemic change.

To provide intensive faculty support and mentorship for each student, CSSE accepts a small cohort of 7–10 students every other year, with admission in the fall of odd-numbered years.

The CSSE PhD program guarantees four years of fiscal support for admitted students, primarily through Graduate Employee (GE) appointments. GE appointments cover full tuition plus a modest stipend during the academic year. 

The course of study includes a strong foundation in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Students also choose a set of courses from two of these emphasis areas to focus their studies.

  • Cultural and linguistic context of schools
  • Psychological studies in education
  • Social context of education
  • Teacher education

Information Session

Didn't get a chance to attend the information session for Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education (CSSE) held via Zoom on November 11, 2020? That's ok, we've got you covered! Hear from Audrey Lucero, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of CSSE, who offers more detail on the program.

Program Options

The CSSE doctoral program leads to a PhD.

Students in the program have the opportunity to work within these areas of emphasis:

  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Quantitative Research Methodology

In addition, all students complete a supervised research apprenticeship in year 2 and devise a set of cognate courses in consultation with their advisor.

PhD Program

Contact Information

Kim Boyd
Administrative Program Assistant