Educational Studies, Ph.D. Cultural Foundations Concentration


The Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a Concentration in Cultural Foundations focuses on theoretical and policy issues related to educational practice. The program is concerned with the breadth and depth of what is fundamental to educational practice — its ideology, philosophical assumptions, and moral claims — and is grounded in the study of education and culture with a particular interest in the integration of social analysis, cultural analysis, and praxis. 

Graduates develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for investigating, understanding, and shaping the dynamic relations among students, institutions of higher education, and society.

Program Distinctions

  • Graduates of this program serve as prominent faculty in university cultural foundations programs.
  • The UNC Greensboro School of Education was named one of the 2022 “Top Graduate Schools of Education” by the U.S. News & World Report.

The Student Experience

The program is designed for students who wish to develop a critical analysis about concerns related to the relationship between culture and education and intend to apply their knowledge in a variety of contexts/learning spaces.

Students will have the opportunity to engage in research alongside faculty, present and attend conferences, write for publication, serve in various associations or committees on campus, and pursue different opportunities fitting to their research interests and career goals.

Suggested foundational courses:

ELC 705: Foundations of Critical Theory

ELC 706: History of Education in the United States

ELC 707: Philosophies in Education

ELC 708: Educational Sociology: Race, Class, and Gender Power Dynamics

ELC 709: Introduction to Critical Pedagogy

After Graduation

Upon completion of the program students can expect to successfully transition into roles as a professor, a director of a program in higher education, director of a non-profit, a community educator, and many more.

Want more information? Let’s get started!

var script = document.createElement(“script”); script.async = 1; script.src = “” + (( > 1) ? “&” + : “”); var s = document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(script, s);

Want more information? Let’s get started!


Program Details

Degree Type: Doctoral

College/School: School of Education

Program Type: Concentration

Class Type: In Person

Contact Us

Dr. Silvia Bettez
358 School of Education Building