Curriculum and Social Inquiry, Ed.D.

The Curriculum and Social Inquiry (CSI) doctoral program is designed to prepare high level scholar-practitioners for curriculum leadership positions in schools and other educational communities. The program emphasizes engagement in processes of critical reflection about issues of curriculum in relation to the school community and society.

Program Details:

  • Requires 63 SH for completion
  • Requires comprehensive examination
  • Requires a dissertation

Required Courses

Doctoral Core - 6 SH

CCD610ADoctoral Core I

CCD610BDoctoral Core II

Research and Dissertation - 21 SH

ESR604Dissertation Proposal Seminar

ESR610Paradigms of Research

ESR612Empirical/Analytic Research I

ESR614Interpretive/Critical Research I

ESR616Empirical/Analytic Research II


ESR618Interpretive/Critical Research II


CCD699ADissertation: Curriculum and Social Inquiry

Curriculum and Social Inquiry Core - 21 SH

CSI600Curriculum Theory: Historical, Philosophical and Political Issues

CSI601Cultures of Schools and Communities

CSI602Curriculum Theory: Contemporary Issues and Practices

CSI603Curriculum Planning, Organization and Evaluation

CSI605Professional Development and School Change

CSI693Curriculum Seminar

Program Electives - 15 SH

Choose 15 SH of NCE graduate courses in consultation with the doctoral advisor

Comprehensive Examination

The Curriculum and Social Inquiry Doctoral Program Qualifying Exam, the comprehensive examination, is taken after completion of the doctoral, research, and program core classes. Students must pass the Qualifying Exam prior to formal work on the dissertation and advancement to candidacy for the Ed.D. degree.