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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Curriculum and Instruction (CUR)
with a Concentration in Social Science Education (DSO)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 13.0301
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 93
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 60

Contact Information:
College of Education
Teaching and Learning Department (CNI)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Michael Berson
Phone: 813-974-7917


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List

Program Information

The Curriculum and Instruction degree is offered with a concentration area in Social Science Education. Each program is highly individualized. Candidates' programs are planned with the approval of a faculty committee based upon previous experience and future goals.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Refer to each area of concentration for program admission requirements or contact the program for assistance.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Offered from the Department of Secondary Education
The Curriculum and Instruction degree is offered with a concentration area in Social Science Education. Each program is highly individualized. Candidates' programs are planned with the approval of a faculty committee based upon a student's previous experience and future goals.

Concentration Admission Requirements
For consideration for admission, students must submit:
  • Official GRE scores (dating back no longer than five years)
  • Official transcripts from regionally accredited institutions
  • A statement of professional goals
  • 3 letters of recommendation from prior professors, and/or school administrators and
  • Complete an interview with the doctoral program coordinator.
Admission Criteria
The admissions committee will consider each candidate in light of his or her unique submission and qualifications. The expectations used by the faculty are:
  • 3.50 GPA on a 4.00 scale for all graduate work and 3.00 for the last 60 hours of Undergraduate
  • An undergraduate major in the social sciences or humanities, social sciences education
  • or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution,
  • A master's degree in social sciences education or closely related field from a regionally
  • accredited institution,
  • Successful teaching experience in a K?12 setting,
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal professional growth and development,
  • Strong academic, analytic and communications skills.
Total Program requirements with this concentration:
60 hours minimum

Core Requirements:
College Core 3 hours minimum

     EEX 7743 - Phil. Of Scholarly Inquiry(3)
Secondary Education Core 6 hours minimum
ESE 7343 Tching & Lrning in Content Area (Required)3
ESE 7937 Advanced Seminar in Secondary Education (Required)3
ESE7346 Collegiate Teaching in Secondary Education(Optional)3
SSE 7910 Independent Study (Optional)3
Note: Under special circumstances, program may substitute an independent study course if needed by a student. However, no more than 3 credit hours in this category can be independent study hours.
Statistics/Measurement/Research Design 14 hours minimum
EDF 7408 Statistical Analysis II
Note: EDF 6407 is a prerequisite to enrolling in EDF 7408
EDF 7410 Design of Systematic Studies in Education 4
Selection of one qualitative course with approval from program committee. 3-4
Selection of additional 7000 level quantitative, qualitative and/or methodological course approved by program committee. 3-4
Or courses to be determined by the program faculty based on the orientation of the student's research agenda and prior preparation.
Concentration Requirements 24 hours minimum
Social Science Education:
The requirements are as follows or as recommended by the doctoral coordinator, program faculty, or doctoral committee, and approved by the college and/or Graduate School.
SSE 7700 Social Science Curriculum and Instruction Issues 4
SSE 7710 Research in Social Science Education 4
SSE 7720 Social Science Education Technological Innovations 4
SSE 7730 Philosophy of Social Science Education 4
SSE 7945 Appld Rsch Soc Sc Ed SSE 8*
*(2 hours repeated with SSE 7730, SSE7720, SSE7700 and SSE 7710 This course engages SSE students in establishing an active research/scholarly agenda that leads toward independent scholarship and successful, timely completion of the doctoral degree.)
Cognate: 9 hours
SSE students are required to complete a cognate or a set of electives. Courses consistent with the student's program of study are selected with the approval of the student's program committee. Courses in the Cognate must be taken at the graduate level. Although it is expected that all SSE Ph.D. students will satisfy the "teaching in higher education" requirement through direct experience teaching courses in the program, they may opt to take the proposed "college teaching" course under consideration by the department as an elective or part of their Cognate.

Doctoral Qualifying Examination
Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination before admission to candidacy.
Dissertation: 4 hours minimum
SSE 7980 Dissertation Research 
Students must be registered for nine (9) hours of coursework, two semesters in a twelve month period. Theexpectation sit that students will work no more than half time during the residency period.

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

EDG7931, EDG7667, EDG7692, EDH7225, EDF6407, EDF7408, EDF7410, EDF7477, EEX7743, EDF7145, SSE7700, SSE7710, SSE7720, SSE7730, SSE7740, SSE7945, EDG7980,