The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

School of Education - Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations

Doctorate in Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Studies with a Concentration in Cultural Studies


The program in educational studies with a concentration in cultural studies is concerned with the breadth and depth of what is fundamental to educational practice-its ideology, philosophical assumptions, and moral claims-and is grounded in the study of education and culture with a particular interest in the integration of social analysis, cultural analysis and praxis.

The program focuses on theoretical and policy issues related to educational practice. In particular the degree emphasizes the following concerns.
A concern for the disciplined study of the relationship between culture and education, encompassing philosophy, sociology, history, critical theory and pedagogy as it pertains to issues of power, equity, access, and privilege.
• A concern for providing broad philosophical, moral, and spiritual perspectives on educational policies and practices.
• A concern for the impact of current important intellectual movements in educational theory, including feminist theory, gender studies, queer studies, critical race theory and neoliberal critiques.
• A concern for the disciplined study of the relationships among visual studies, media culture, and community engaged work.
• A concern for the interdisciplinary work and serious study of emerging forms of inquiry.
• A concern for integrating personal and professional selves and for providing synthesis, perspective, and

Admissions deadline: December 1st

The program has four course areas:

Educational Foundations – Total of 18 credits
Suggested foundational courses:
ELC 676: Educational Sociology: Race, Class, and Gender Power Dynamics
ELC 679: History of Education in the United States
ELC 693: Introduction to Critical Pedagogy
ELC 696: Philosophies in Education
ELC 729: Critical Theory and Adult Learning

Curriculum and Teaching – 15 to 24 credit hours: courses that
encourage a broad, critical understanding of school, pedagogy, and

Research and Methods of Inquiry – 15 credit hours: Normally students take courses from a variety of qualitative and epistemological methodologies to guide in dissertation research.

Dissertation – 12 credit hours: ELC 799 Dissertation
Application Criteria & Procedures

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Plan of Study (POS) Form

PhD Plan of Study Form

Financial Information

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Contact Information

Guide For the Preparation of Theses and Dissertations


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PhD Program & Admissions Coordinator (direct queries to):

Dr. Leila Villaverde
PhD Admissions Coordinator
(336) 334-4737 (fax)
360 School of Education Building
P.O. Box 26170
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27401-6170

Student financial support questions:

Dr. Silvia Bettez
Coordinator, Student Funds & Fellowships Committee
336-334-4737 (fax)
358 School of Education Building
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

Further information and regulations governing graduate degree work at UNCG can be found in the Graduate Bulletin (

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