PhD in Culture and Teaching

This is a politically committed program dedicated to critical issues related to equity, democracy, and social justice in education. Students engage in a variety of perspectives and methods in their study of education and schooling across broad social, cultural, and political contexts. Graduates are poised to assume faculty positions in higher education as well as leadership roles in local, national, and international organizations.


Priority deadline: December 1
Admissions decisions: January

See detailed admissions, tuition and funding information on the MA and PhD admissions page.


Our curriculum requires students to consider the power and privilege that shape disparate opportunities in education by race, class, and gender.

Teaching in this program includes thinking about how, as educational leaders and researchers in and outside of the classroom, we might take up radical democratic forms of life with our fellow learners.

Students enrolled in other tracks within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction may also choose to pursue a supporting program in Culture and Teaching.

You will complete 15 credits in your track and 12 credits outside your track if pursuing a minor or supporting program. The program requires 51 course credits and 24 thesis credits for a total of 78 credits. See the detailed requirements and course listings in the graduate catalog and scroll down under "Culture and Teaching sub-plan."


Students can engage in research that ties into their area of interest. Faculty work closely with each cohort to achieve research and educational goals. Learn more about the student research experience in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

View faculty areas of research expertise.

Career outlook

Our graduate are trained to be leaders in the field of education, advancing our shared mission of educational equity. Recent graduates have found employment in the following positions:

  • Assistant Professor of Education at Macalester
  • Rhodes College, Assistant Professor of Education Memphis TN
  • SUNY New Platt, Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations
  • Program Director of Elementary Education, University of Minnesota
  • School District Administrator. St. Paul Public Schools

Culture and Teaching faculty


What our students have to say

diana chandara
I could not have asked for professors who are more supportive of me not only as an academic but also as a human being. I am completely grateful for the generosity of their time and energy.

Diana Chandara, PhD 2021