Ph-D- Program

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Curriculum & Instruction
School of Education
210 Teacher Education Building
225 North Mills Street
MadisonWI  53706

Tel: 608/263.4600
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Ph.D. Program

The goals of Ph.D. program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction are to help students develop abilities for research in the field of Curriculum and Instruction, imbuing them with a distinctive theoretical and critical edge; develop expertise in one of the department's areas of study, listed previously; acquire greater competence in curriculum evaluation and development; improve understanding of the teaching-learning process; gain depth and breadth of knowledge in related academic fields; and build a broadened professional background in areas related to curriculum and instruction, such as administration, counseling, educational psychology, supervision, and the anthropology, history, philosophy, and sociology of education.

Ph.D. study in the department is research-oriented. It prepares students for different forms of intellectual leadership in education including research, teacher education and other teaching in higher education, and leadership positions in educational agencies. These different forms of leadership are not mutually exclusive, but the relative emphasis given to each varies among students and areas of study.

For information about how to apply to the Ph.D. program, click here.

Ph.D. Program Handbook (PDF): This handbook provides a comprehensive guide for prospective, entering, and continuing Ph.D. degree candidates. It describes the current policies regarding admission, program requirements, examinations, minimum standards for satisfactory progress toward the degree, and transfer of credits.

Timeline to Ph.D degree (PDF): This one-page document summ‚Äčarizes the steps to completing a Ph.D. degree.



Employment and Funding Opportunities

    • Current Graduate Assistantship Opportunities in the Department
    • Funding Opportunity information through Graduate Student Collaborative: Sign up for GradConnections, a weekly newsletter about leadership, professional development, social, funding, and service opportunities.
    • UW Student Job Center: Focuses on student job opportunities including assistantships in other departments and offices at the university 
    • Office of Fellowships & Funding Resources: Provides assistance to graduate students, staff and faculty on campuswide funding issues, particularly those related to internal and external fellowships.
    • School of Education Fellowships: Through the generosity of alumni, the School of Education offers 10-12 scholarships each year for current graduate students. Information is sent out in early February by the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program Coordinator with the application due in late March. They are awarded later in the spring for the following academic year.
    • Travel and Data Preparation Funds for Dissertators in the Department: Obtain information from the C&I Graduate Programs office. 
    • The Graduate School Vilas Travel Grant: Grants to support travel for conference presentation and research.

Professional Development Opportunities

    • School of Education Doctoral Research Program: The program offers a cross-disciplinary program of professional enrichment designed for School of Education graduate students, who intend to pursue careers as researchers in education and education-related fields.

Printable Departmental Forms

Student Organizations

    • CIRCLEup: CIRCLEup is a group of UW-Madison graduate students working to build greater community and support in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
    • Teaching Assistant Association (TAA): TAA represents all graduate teaching and project assistants in negotiating the employment contract under which they work.
    • Graduate Student Collaborative (GSC): GSC serves as a resource and a voice for UW-Madison graduate students within the Graduate School. Through outreach, educational, and social programming, the GSC enhances UW-Madison graduate students' community involvement; professional, academic, and personal development; and quality of life.

Other Resources

    • Graduate School Academic Policies and Procedures: This document (sometimes referred to as “Guidelines” or “Handbook”) helps answer questions about Graduate School academic and administrative policies and procedures.
    • The Guide to Graduate Student Life: Designed by graduate students, this guide offers useful hints for navigating Madison community and being a graduate student.
    • Office of Child Care and Family Resources (OCCFR): Students of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the resources and services of OCCFR, which promotes the development and implementation of a coordinated child care and family support system on campus.

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