Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

From Dr. Sabrina F. Sembiante

Welcome to the Ph.D. program in the Department of Curriculum, Culture and Educational Inquiry (CCEI), where we hope you will become the next member of our engaged and supportive community of scholars.

We offer you a program that is academically flexible and rigorous. Our required coursework provides a foundation in theory, research and methodology, as well as program electives that allow for a wide range of specializations. Our focus in curriculum and instruction is enriched by departmental course offerings in early childhood education, multicultural education and TESOL/Bilingual education. CCEI faculty members bring a rich range of personal and professional experiences in local, national and international contexts to inform their work in these areas of scholarship.

The scholarship of our doctoral candidates and recent graduates represents a wide variety of research interests. The faculty has worked hard to identify coursework and colleagues across departments, colleges and institutions to make this possible. Methodologically, in addition to positivist, post-positivist, constructivist and critical approaches to gathering and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, our students also explore research traditions that include historical, philosophical, autoethnographic, and narrative studies.

The program is committed to supporting your academic development as you read widely and deeply, think in ways that challenge your assumptions, and grow as a student, educator, scholar, and citizen. For us, the desired graduate is a bridge builder, a leader by example, a scholar committed to the meticulous details of data gathering and analysis with a clear focus on the "big picture" to which our work is linked. This is not achieved alone. It is forged through the development of supportive networks with colleagues and faculty and through collegial dialogue and debate.

Our faculty's commitment to scholarship and research – including yours - well represents the challenge of the American Educational Research Association to educational researchers:

There is a pressing need to consider how education praxis, research, theory, and policy can change the world—toward more justice. The challenge is especially urgent at this time when the democratizing possibilities of education remain forestalled.1

We look forward to working with you to make a positive difference in our communities through our scholarly endeavors. You may email me if you have any questions or would like to request an appointment at

Sabrina F. Sembiante, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Ph.D. Program in Curriculum and Instruction

1 King, J. & Gordon, B. (2014). Toward justice: Culture, language and heritage in education research and praxis. Retrieved from: tabid/15492/Default.aspx