Critiquing curriculum materials, practices and policies

The Curriculum Studies concentration in the Curriculum and Instruction PhD Program provides students with a core of basic knowledge germane to the field of curriculum studies, and relevant to both the processes of curriculum development and the critique of extant curriculum materials, practices and policies in school and non-school settings. Central to our interpretations of curriculum studies is urban education and its global and local counterparts. This program is highly visible nationally as well as internationally because the main advisors for this program are scholars at the forefront of the curriculum studies community.

If you are applying for the general Curriculum Studies program (and not the Health Professions Education/Medical Education strand within Curriculum Studies), please note that the program is not accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. We encourage you to consider applying to one of UIC's other Ph.D./Ed.D. options within the College of Education that might align with your interests. Please contact Dr. Lynnette Mawhinney (chair of the department of Curriculum & Instruction) at for any questions or assistance with thinking through other program options that might be a fit for your needs. The Health Professions Education/Medical Education strand within Curriculum Studies IS accepting applications for 2019-2020.  If you are interested in this program, please contact Janet Settle in the Department of Medical Education at

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