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Tocci, Charles

Title/s:  Assistant Professor

Specialty Area: Social Studies Education; Curriculum History; Social Studies Teacher Preparation

Office #:  Lewis Towers 1120, WTC

Phone: 312.915.6865

Email: ctocci@luc.edu

CV Link: /media/lucedu/education/faculty/cv/Tocci CV April 2022.pdf


Charles Tocci's work explores the connections between American education and democracy in the past and in the present. Dr. Tocci's work is a close analysis of the evolving implicit and explicit social education provided to American students over the past 150 years. He approaches this topic through curriculum studies, bridging academic research and professional practice by centering problems emerging from teaching and learning in their varying social contexts. 

Dr. Tocci is a co-founder of the Big City Social Studies Group. Dr. Tocci began his career in education as a social studies teacher at South Shore Community Academy in Chicago. He earned his doctorate in Curriculum & Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also worked as senior research associate at the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, & Teaching.  Before joining Loyola, he was a member of the faculty at National Louis University.


  • EdD, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • MEd, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • MAT, National Louis University, Chicago, IL
  • BS, Suffolk University, Boston, MA

Program Areas

  • Teaching and Learning

Research Interests

  • Social Studies, History, and Civics Education 
  • History of Education 
  • Curriculum Studies 

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association  
  • American Historical Association
  • Big City Social Studies Group
  • Constitutional Democracy Project 
  • InterCultural Studies for the Future (InterFuture) 
  • National Council for the Social Studies

Courses Taught

  • CIEP 523: Community, School Improvement, & Curriculum Change 
  • ELPS 219: History of American Education 
  • TLSC 210/406: Education Policy for Diverse Students 
  • TLSC 300: Secondary Social Studies Professional Learning Community 
  • TLSC 340: Teaching & Learning in Secondary Social Studies 
  • TLSC 350: Teaching & Learning in a Global Framework 
  • TLSC 455: Teaching for Change: Secondary Social Studies Methods 

Selected Publications