Curriculum, Cultures, and Communities EdD

About the EdD in 3Cs at Loyola

Educational institutions need culturally responsive leaders who know how to make a positive impact on learners—and communities as a whole. Designed to equip teachers, nonprofit leaders, and change agents with research, pedagogical, and leadership skills, Loyola University Chicago's EdD in Curriculum, Culture, and Communities (3Cs) prepares you to advance your career and make meaningful change in education-related settings.

Program Structure

The EdD in Curriculum, Culture, and Communities can be pursued full time or part time. Classes are held weekday evenings at Loyola's Water Tower Campus, conveniently located off the Red Line in the heart of Chicago, and online.

Why Choose Loyola for Your 3Cs EdD?

In Loyola’s hybrid doctoral program in 3Cs, you will prepare to take on new challenges as a socially just educator and researcher in higher education institutions, schools, faith-based organizations, and nonprofits.

A multi-modal EdD in 3Cs program

Learn curriculum, culture, and communities in a hybrid doctoral program designed for working professionals and multiple learning styles. To accommodate your work schedule, our 3Cs EdD combines face-to-face evening courses with online courses.

Learn how to advocate for all learners, particularly the underserved. In Loyola’s program, you will approach education through a lens of social justice and challenge structures that have historically contributed to marginalization.

Build your expertise in curriculum and instruction—and learn how to apply it in multiple contexts. Our program is centered on several principles that contribute to your advancement as an educator, including curriculum, pedagogy and policy; research and evaluation; partnership and collaboration; and social justice.

Engage in collaborative research with faculty, community organizations, cultural institutions, and schools. This type of EdD in curriculum and instruction offers numerous opportunities for investigating critical questions in the field of education in research courses, electives, and your dissertation.

Connect with classmates and faculty in small class sizes, and strengthen those relationships as you advance. Our cohort model allows you to network and forge professional connections in the field throughout the program and into the future.

Study abroad in Rome, Italy, for a summer during the EdD in 3Cs program. You will stay in the John Felice Rome Center, a historic campus in the residential upper Balduina district of Monte Mario.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Education faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Curriculum, Cultures, and Communities EdD program.


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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Curriculum, Cultures, and Communities EdD program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Curriculum, Cultures, and Communities EdD learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Curriculum, Cultures, and Communities EdD totals $61500.00, or 60 credit hours at a cost of $1,025.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

School of Education Financial Aid & Scholarships

Visit the School of Education Scholarships page for detailed information about eligible scholarships.

More information about financial aid opportunities can be found on the Financial Aid Office website.

Appointments and Events

Whether you’re just beginning your search, in the midst of the application process, or eager to explore our graduate and professional programs, our admissions staff is here to assist you every step of the way.

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The School of Education offers graduate open houses, information sessions, individual appointments, open Zoom and text sessions, and a multitude of other ways to get to know us better.

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With our visit opportunities, you can tour our beautiful Chicago campuses and learn more about Loyola's ties to one of the most prestigious cities in the world.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Curriculum, Cultures, and Communities EdD are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Priority: January 15
General: March 15

Please note that applications are not reviewed until the deadline passes, and decisions are typically made within 3 weeks.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Curriculum, Cultures, and Communities EdD include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Details

Your statement should be 2-3 pages and describe your academic and research interests, professional goals, and life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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