New Program Name for Fall 2022 (formerly PhD Curriculum Studies)

After years of research, local and national discussions, and external reviews by leading faculty in the field, the PhD Curriculum Studies (CS) program faculty have reorganized the program around two key tenets true to the history of Curriculum Studies: Critical Pedagogy, and Urban Teacher Education.

This new name reflects the importance of critical pedagogies as a core principle driving research, and highlights the integral role urban teacher education has in developing curricula, practices, and policies that challenge barriers to equal educational opportunities.

The PhD in Critical Pedagogies & Urban Teacher Education will begin accepting applications for Fall 2022 beginning August 1, 2021 with a deadline of December 1, 2021.

If you have questions about the new program or the name change, please reach out to the program coordinator Edward Podsiadlik ( See below for more information for current PhD CS students.

Health Professions Education/Medical Education Strand

Our partnership with Health Professions Education remains a major component of our program. Elements of critical pedagogies and teacher education are central to the work of medical professionals in developing instructional practices and ideologies that best meet the needs of a variety of health fields.

If you are interested in applying to the Health Professions Education/Medical Education strand of this program, please contact Laura Hirschfield in the Department of Medical Education.

For Current Students in PhD Curriculum Studies

Students already admitted to the PhD Curriculum Studies concentration for Fall 2021 and earlier still have the right to graduate with the old program requirements and name. Information and requirements for current PhD Curriculum Studies students can be found in the UIC Catalog.

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