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Interdisciplinary Education

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Ph.D. in the Curriculum and Instruction Program with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Education


Concentration Description


The Interdisciplinary Education doctoral concentration provides a framework to support innovative, boundary-crossing inquiry among students and faculty across campus. Designed to foster research that approaches problems in education from interdisciplinary perspectives, the program allows students who have academic backgrounds and interests that span multiple disciplines to construct an individualized program of study grounded in at least two disciplines/fields, one of which may be outside the College of Education. The program aims to attract students from diverse populations and geographic regions, preparing them to attain their personal, professional, and scholarly goals and to compete in a rapidly changing workforce. The program seeks to provide a curriculum and an intellectual climate supportive of an ethos of scholarship grounded in the value of strengthening the relevance of the academy to the communities it serves locally, nationally, and globally.


Who should apply?

Prospective applicants who have the ability and desire to integrate study and research among at least two disciplines/fields to address questions in education broadly defined are encouraged to apply for the interdisciplinary education concentration. Interested individuals will be required to submit a comprehensive concept paper (1000 words) detailing how their chosen disciplines intersect as well as their rationale for pursuing such a line of inquiry. This concept paper is also an opportunity for candidates to clearly articulate how they see interdisciplinary studies in education driving their research and career trajectory.   In addition to the rationale outlined in the concept paper, the admission committee looks for a well-articulated alignment between an applicant's past academic background, proposed doctoral level work, stated career goals, and relevant expertise of COE faculty.


  • Teaching and research in the academy
  • Research in education and human resource development fields
  • Research and development work in community settings
  • Leadership in educational and other professional settings
  • Consultancy work in local, national, and international settings

For more information, please visit the links in the right sidebar or contact Program Coordinator Dr. Barbara Shircliffe.


Admission Requirements

Program of Study

Program Guide


Concentration Mission & Values

Program Position on Interdisciplinary

Spotlight on Doctoral Candidates

Vision & Mission

Graduate Student Information

COEDU Graduate Handbook

2011-2012 Graduate Catalog

COEDU Faculty

Chalk & Wire (ePortfolio)

IRB - Human Research

Protection Program at USF

Graduate Application

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Advanced Doctoral Forms

Policy on Transfer Coursework

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