Ph.D. LCID Specialization in Social Studies Education

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Social Studies Education
Associated Degree:
  • Ph.D.
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Doctoral
Program Type:
  • Degree


Social studies is a complex, dynamic, and contested field. This specialization within the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration prepares students to conduct high-quality research on critical issues in social studies education. Our students develop an interdisciplinary approach to conceptualizing and conducting research on problems in the field. They also become familiar with historical, pedagogical, curricular, cognitive, sociological, and political understandings of social studies education.

By the end of the program, students identify and conduct original research on a problem of special interest, providing for a research-oriented doctoral experience. Our specialization faculty have expertise in the history of education, social and cultural studies in education, and interpretive research.

Their current research involves:

  • civic education;
  • civic identity development;
  • criminal justice reform;
  • religion and public education;
  • youth participatory action research; and
  • teaching controversial issues.


Please visit to apply. (Online applications are required.)

Applications are due by December 1 for fall admission.

Students applying to this program will need:

  • Transcripts from their undergraduate program and for any other degree they have received.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A personal statement that describes why you are interested in studying education at Rutgers. We are especially interested in knowing what your research interests are and with which faculty members you would like to work.
  • GRE scores (from within the last five years) -verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing are necessary. For more information on the GRE, please go to

Please refer to the GSE website for details about programs, faculty, admissions criteria, financial aid, and tuition. Questions about admissions procedures are answered by Graduate and Professional Admissions at the website listed above.


Proseminars (6 credits)
Required Research (6 credits)
Methodology (12 credits) Concentration (18 Credits)
Cognate Courses (6 Credits) Dissertation (24 credits)

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. in Education requires 48 credits of coursework and 24 credits of dissertation research. All students in the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration take a common set of courses, accumulating 18 credits within the concentration, of which 6 credits must be classes within the concentration but outside the faculty adviser’s specialty.

A complete listing of degree requirements is available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Benjamin Justice or Beth C. Rubin.