Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction

Overview of the Program                                                                     

The Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction is an interdisciplinary degree program involving the Departments of English; Mathematics; Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education; Reading and Elementary Education; and many others across the UNC Charlotte campus.

The program offers the following three areas of specialization, all of which emphasize the context of urban education issues:

  1. Elementary Education with research and theory applied to problems of learning and teaching in elementary education.
  2. Literacy Education (English, Reading, Teaching English as a Second Language) with research and theory applied to problems of literacy learning and instruction.  Students focus on elementary, middle/secondary, or post-secondary.
  3. Mathematics Education with research and theory applied to problems of learning and teaching mathematics. Students focus on elementary, middle/secondary, or post-secondary.
  4. Urban Education with research and theory applied to critical social issues affecting schools and society from a historical, contemporary, and theoretical perspective in a global context.  In order to address the complexities of urban schooling, this program is interdisciplinary and draws on education, public policy, sociology, anthropology, and ethnic studies.

This program views urban education as a focus that provides students with the opportunity to more closely examine factors affecting schools and communities in our major cities. These factors include but are not limited to: race, class, gender, ethnicity, language, school finance, tracking, segregation, immigration and marginalization. In addition, urban education explores issues of cultural diversity, social stratification both local and global, and structural inequalities that impact the lives of many families living in our cities.


To Contact the Office of Middle, Secondary, K-12 Education

Phone: 704-687-8875 or 704-687-8878

Fax: 704-687-1630