Curriculum Studies programs at DePaul share a commitment to social justice, democracy, and critical engagement with issues affecting urban and marginalized students. Our programs assist educators in reflecting on and strengthening their own practice and challenging themselves and their colleagues to work effectively for 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 Curriculum Studies program is designed for educators who wish to enhance their skills in teaching, curriculum development, or the administration of a department or educational program. It aims to equip leaders in a variety of educational settings with the skills necessary to develop, justify, evaluate, and modify curricula to better serve the needs of students, especially urban and marginalized students.
Students who are interested in doctoral studies often pursue a Master of Arts degree to further hone their skills in research and scholarly writing.
A Master of Arts degree is distinguished by the preparation of a master’s thesis. The master’s thesis provides the culminating experience for students and allows them to explore the relationship between theory, educational practice, and educational inquiry.
The general purposes of the master’s thesis are to demonstrate an ability to engage in research, critically analyze and explicate, in a well documented, organized and coherent manner, an (educational) issue, problem(s) or question(s); to demonstrate knowledge in a substantive area in the field; and to prepare to conduct further independent research.