Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.) | C&I | SIU

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Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.)

Social Science Program Education is designed to provide professionals with advanced knowledge and skills in the area of social science education. Study may focus on improving classroom teaching and/or in-depth study of such areas as global education, values education, citizenship education, critical thinking, and ethnic studies.



Social Science Education provides pre-service and in-service teachers with opportunities to develop instructional materials and curricular designs for history and social science classrooms, with a specific emphasis on historical thinking, media literacy, financial literacy, and geographic problem-solving. Through the integration of technology, students learn how to temper academic rigor with support to increase their curricula’s accessibility to students with diverse learning needs.


A total of 72 semester hours is required in order to complete the degree. Students will take 15 semester hours of required COEHS and C&I core courses (see list below). An additional 9 credit hours will be taken in the Social Science Education. Students will also be required to complete 24 credit hours of doctoral dissertation coursework and 7 credit hours of elective coursework.

College of Education Professional Core (6 credit hours)
EDUC 510 - Introduction to Doctoral Studies in Education
– and –
EDUC 511 - Doctoral Seminar in Philosophical and Cultural Foundations of Education
– or –
EDUC 512 - Doctoral Seminar in Behavioral and Cognitive Foundations of Education

C&I Professional Core (9 credit hours)
CI 582 - Advanced Research Methods in Education
CI 583 - Instructional Theory, Principles, and Practices
CI 584 - Curriculum Theory, Foundations, and Principles

Social Science Research Courses (9 credit hours)
QUAN 505 - Introduction to Quantitative Research
EAHE 587 - Introduction to Qualitative Research
Your Choice of Research Methods Course (e.g., Ethnography, Surveys, Discourse Analysis)

Social Science Education Courses (9 credit hours)
Courses vary. See the Social Science Education Doctoral Curriculum Guide below for more information.

VIEW CURRICULUM GUIDE | Ph.D. – Social Science Education

For a complete and detailed list of the C&I doctoral program requirements, visit the College of Education and Human Services’ degree requirement page.