Academic programs

Ph.D. in education, concentration in curriculum, culture and change

The curriculum, culture and change concentration of our Ph.D. in education offers doctoral students rigorous perspectives on curriculum, advocacy and social justice, while maintaining a commitment to instruction and learning. Graduates leave the program ready to be change agents for curriculum and instruction leadership positions in school systems, and as scholars with a wide range of curricular interests — such as urban education, rural education, linguistically diverse groups, oppressed groups, critical pedagogy, philosophical and sociocultural foundations of education.

In addition to a deep grounding in theoretical, practical and methodological approaches to curriculum and instruction, the concentration prepares instructional leaders to advocate for change across a wide range of institutions, systems and contexts, and offers challenging learning experiences in the field of curriculum and instruction. We welcomes students with interests in all institutional settings serving students across their life span (early childhood through adulthood) as well as informal and nonformal contexts.

Curriculum requirements

The Ph.D. in education, concentration in curriculum, culture and change requires a minimum of 54 total graduate credit hours:

Degree requirements for the Ph.D. in education, concentration in curriculum, culture and change »

Please keep in mind, however, that the exact course requirements may vary depending on when you matriculated into the program, so please consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any additional questions.


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Contact us today

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Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D.
Recruitment specialist
(804) 827-2479
Email: SOEinfo@vcu.edu

Program leads

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Joan Rhodes, Ph.D.
Associate professor
Teaching and Learning

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Julie Gorlewski, Ph.D.
Department chair and associate professor
Teaching and Learning