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The Curriculum Studies Education Specialist Program encourages educators to reflect on and strengthen their own practice and to challenge themselves and their colleagues to work effectively for social justice and educational excellence. Students use critical reflection to improve practice, engage in rigorous theoretical inquiry, and identify, address, and build coalitions around opportunities and problems in education.
The EdS is situated between our existing master’s and doctoral degrees. It allows students wishing to continue their professional development to pursue classwork toward an advanced degree without the additional requirement of extensive, specialized training in research design and methods. Unlike almost all doctoral degrees, specialist degrees do not typically require a dissertation. Therefore, EdS students are not expected to engage in the in-depth research, analysis, and extensive conceptual and empirical framing required to research, write, and defend a dissertation.
Graduates of the EdS Program may enter a new career or strengthen their current position in schools, universities or community organizations. Potential professional opportunities for Education Specialists include adjunct and part-time faculty in higher education; curriculum specialists, directors of assessment, directors of instruction, and curriculum directors; P-12 teachers and teacher leaders, coaches, and mentors; and deans, administrators, and principals.
Licensures and Endorsements
Superintendent Endorsement Option
Students pursuing an EdS degree in Curriculum Studies are also eligible for the Superintendent Endorsement program, which requires additional coursework, along with four quarter hours for the superintendent internship course. ISBE states the following guidelines:
Individuals seeking the Superintendent endorsement must possess:
- a master’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
- proof of two years of teaching experience on a valid Illinois teaching license
- proof of two years of full-time administrative experience on a valid administrative license with the general administrative endorsement
- proof of passing the Basic Skills/TAP and Superintendent content-area tests.
Upon completion of the Superintendent program and the endorsement’s additional requirements, students must apply for the endorsement. Students are to work with the College of Education’s Licensure Officer when applying for the endorsement.
Teacher Leader Endorsement Option
Students pursuing a doctoral degree in Curriculum Studies are also eligible for the Teacher Leader Endorsement option, which requires additional coursework. To be eligible for the Teacher Leader endorsement program, students must possess:
- a bachelor’s degree and master's degree from an accredited college or university,
- a valid teaching license
- at least two years of teaching experience
- proof of passing the Basic Skills or Test of Academic Proficiency.
Students pursuing a doctoral degree in Curriculum Studies are also eligible for the Principal Licensure program, which requires additional coursework. The Principal Licensure program at DePaul University is an approved Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) program. It is a rigorous program preparing principals and assistant principals for work service in public and private schools in the state of Illinois.
To be eligible for the Principal Licensure program, students must possess:
- a master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 2.75 or higher at the undergraduate level and a 3.25 or higher at the graduate level.
- a valid Illinois teaching license
- at least two years of full-time successful teaching experience
- proof of passing the basic skills or test of academic proficiency.
- Curriculum Studies (degree only)
- Curriculum Studies plus Superintendent Endorsement
- Curriculum Studies plus Teacher Leader Endorsement
- Curriculum Studies plus Principal Licensure
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Total hours required||60|
Students will be able to:
- Understand major movements in curriculum history and connect them to current educational practices and controversies.
- Analyze the theoretical foundations of curriculum and curriculum studies.
- Undertake independent inquiry supported by appropriate research literature, methods, and theoretical frameworks.
- Understand curriculum as a profession, maintain standards of professional conduct, and provide leadership to honor diverse perspectives, improve curriculum and promote student learning and well-being.
The academic programs within the College of Education have set forth these dispositions as educational and professional expectations for all students. Students should be aware that failing to abide by DePaul University or College of Education policies including, under certain circumstances, these dispositions, could result in adverse consequences for the student, including removal from his or her program, the College of Education, or the University.
- Is receptive to faculty feedback and acts meaningfully and professionally upon suggestions
- Reflects on his or her own progress and identifies strengths and weaknesses, including evaluating strategies for success, finding alternatives for inappropriate strategies, and modifying future practices
- Demonstrates a positive attitude and commitment to the profession
- Demonstrates thoughtful, effective verbal and non-verbal communication and listening skills
- Respects and considers cultural contexts in order to determine how to be responsive to learners and to proactively promote all students' learning
- Is committed to collaboration with colleagues, families, and communities in order to promote all students' learning and development
- Demonstrates professional ethical and legal behavior as defined by the respective codes of ethics and laws
- Recognizes and fulfills professional responsibilities and habits of conduct (e.g., dress, language, preparedness, attendance, punctuality, etc.)
- Demonstrates concern for and protection of safety and well-being of others
Degree Conferral and Graduation
The awarding of a degree is not automatic. You must submit an application to be considered for the degree. DePaul awards and posts degrees at the end of each regular academic term (autumn, winter, spring, summer).
It is your responsibility to initiate the degree conferral application process by submitting an online application. Submitting an application means you intend to finish your degree requirements by the end of the term for which you have applied.
Graduate students must be approved for student teaching and complete student teaching, seminar, and induction courses to be cleared for the degree. Student must submit graduation application for the quarter you are completing the final course (student teaching is considered a course).
After you submit the application, you cannot register for any term after the one selected in the application.
To apply for degree conferral, log on to Campus Connection. Select FOR STUDENTS, then GRADUATION, then APPLY FOR DEGREE CONFERRAL. On screen instructions will take you through the application process.
Provided that all requirements and financial obligations are met, degrees are posted 30 days after the official end of the term. Official dates are listed on the Academic Calendar.
DePaul holds one commencement ceremony each year in June. If you intend to participate, you must first apply for degree conferral for the current academic year and then submit a cap and gown order. Honors are not announced at the ceremony for undergraduates completing their final courses in spring quarter because a final GPA is not available at the time of the ceremony.
Additional information about degree conferral and graduation can be found on the College of Education website.
Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 prior to the completion of 36 credit hours and 3.3 after the completion of 36 credit hours. Students are allowed no more than two grades of “C.” Upon receiving a third grade of “C,” students must retake the class in which the grade was received. Grades of “D” and “F” require that the course be retaken.
Core Courses: 24 quarter hours required
|A&S 801||LEADERSHIP: THEORY AND PRACTICE||4|
|CS 704||CURRICULUM DISCOURSES/PERSPECTIVES OVER TIME||4|
|CS 751||CURRICULUM FOR HUMAN AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT||4|
|SCG 701||PHILOSOPHY OF ETHICS IN EDUCATION||4|
|SCG 711||CULTURE, POWER AND EDUCATION||4|
|SCG 721||HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS||4|
Research Courses: 12 quarter hours required
These courses are sequenced and must be taken in the following order:
|SCG 775||SEMINAR: FRAMEWORKS OF INQUIRY IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH I||4|
|Select two subsequent research courses from the following:||8|
|QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS I|
|QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS I|
|QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS II|
|QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS II|
Elective Requirement: 4 quarter hours required
One elective (4 quarter hours) from the following list:
Any doctoral course (700 or above) for which the student qualifies
|GLOBAL ISSUES IN EDUCATION SEMINAR|
|PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES IN EDUCATION, CULTURE AND ETHICS SEMINAR|
|TEACHERS AS LEADERS|
|ETHICS, CURRICULUM AND SOCIAL CHANGE|
|THE STUDY OF TEACHERS AND TEACHING|
|THE HISTORY OF CURRICULUM PRACTICE|
|CURRICULUM THEORIZING: MULTIPLE LENSES|
|CREATIVITY AND CRITICAL THINKING - VYGOTSKY, BAKHTIN, MAKIGUCHI, IKEDA|
|INDEPENDENT STUDY IN CURRICULUM STUDIES|
|INDEPENDENT STUDY IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP|
|LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND CULTURE|
|FIRST AND SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION|
|SOCIOCULTURAL AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES IN BILINGUAL EDUCATION|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION AND CULTURE|
|THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING ESL AND WLE|
|LATINOS AND EDUCATION|
Other options need to be approved by the EdS Program
Concentration Courses: 20 quarter hours required
Choose five courses from the following list:
|CURRICULUM THEORIZING: MULTIPLE LENSES|
|ASSESSING SCHOOL CURRICULUM|
|YOUTH DEVELOPMENT,IDEOLOGY, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY|
|ENGAGING IN CURRICULUM DELIBERATION|
|CURRICULUM AND PROGRAM DESIGN|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN CURRICULUM (since topics vary, this course may be taken more than once)|