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Overview of Ph.D. Policies and Procedures:

In the COEHS, the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education is a cross-departmental doctoral degree offered in five departments: Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration and Higher Education, Counseling, Quantitative Methods, and Special Education, Health Education and Recreation, and Workforce Education and Development. Learn more >>

[Rehabilitation Institute offers a Ph. D. in Rehabilitation, policies and procedures are articulated in a separate handbook.]


Ph.D. in Education: Doctor of Philosophy in Education, with Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction

The PhD Degree in Education with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for the student to further develop professional skills and explore educational research and current issues. Each candidate's program is planned in consultation with a faculty advisor from the specialty area selected by the student, with consideration for the student's interests, skills, and professional goals. Five specialty areas are offered: Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment; STEM (including Learning Systems Design & Technology and Mathematics Education); Language, Literacies, & Culture (including Social Science Education); Science Education, Teacher Leadership; and Human Development & Family Studies.

This degree requires the completion of a minimum of 72 hours of course work. The student must meet College of Education and Human Services course requirements, Curriculum and Instruction core course requirements, research requirements, and specialty area requirements. No more than 6 semester hours of credit earned at an NCATE-accredited college or university (or equivalent) may be accepted toward this degree. Transfer courses must be approved by the department. More >> 

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Program Area+ -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

This program of study is designed to serve traditional and nontraditional educators who may seek employment as curriculum specialists in public/private schools, education agencies, state departments/ministries of education in foreign countries, business and industry, and higher education. Particular attention is given to curriculum foundations and theory, development and implementation of curriculum and assessment systems, and program evaluation and management. Key components of this program include systems thinking, culturally relevant pedagogy, and the design of accessible learning environments for learners with diverse needs. Students in this program are encouraged to include additional coursework from one of the following areas: Language, Literacies, and Culture; Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Education, and/or Human Development and Family Studies. More >>

Human Development and Family Studies, Program Area+ -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

Human Development and Family Studies is an interdisciplinary graduate program of study for students interested in the development of the child within the context of the family and family development and dynamics. The program integrates theory, research and practical learning to promote leaders in these academic fields. Graduate students will learn to read and conduct research in the areas of child development, family studies or educational settings for the young child. The program focuses on the application of research to real world issues related to children and families, which is a key element to working with and promoting healthy development of children and families. Under Construction >>

Language, Literacies and Culture, Program Area+ -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

The program in Language, Literacies, and Culture (LLC) is an interdisciplinary graduate program that is designed to provide doctoral students with the advanced skills and knowledge needed to investigate the concepts and processes of language, literacies, and culture in relationship to social, historical, technological, and ideological conceptions. We view literacies as social processes and advocate for socio-cultural and linguistic diversity in research, practice, and policy, with special emphasis on social justice, change, equity, power, and identity. Courses for the formerly-offered specialty area Social Science Education are included in the LLC. Learn more >>

Learning Systems Design & Technology, in the STEM Program Area+ -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

Learning Systems Design and Technology is designed to prepare students for careers as learning systems designers and learning technologists in higher education, schools, corporations, military, government and
 non‐profit organizations. The program focuses on the principles and techniques of creating learning products and multimedia‐based online resources for learning, instruction, and education. Some examples include instruction in learning theories, systems design, and principles that apply to the design, development, evaluation, and management of learning systems, resources, and technologies. Learn more >>

Mathematics Education, in the STEM Program Area + -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

Mathematics Education is designed to prepare students for teaching, leadership, and research in mathematics education. The Mathematics Education faculty aim to contribute to understanding mathematics education as a body of knowledge, provide leadership for effective planned change, and to contribute to service systems which facilitate teaching and learning. The student will be able to identify problems in mathematics teaching and learning, develop solutions to those problems, and implement them in practical situations. Learn more >>

Social Science Education, in the Language, Literacies & Culture Program Area+ -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

The Language, Literacies, and Culture Program Area is designed to provide students with the advanced skills and knowledge needed to implement programs and to deliver instruction in such areas as reading, language arts, children’s literature, and language learning. Learn More >>

Science Education, in the STEM Education Program Area+ -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

The science education graduate program invites K-12 teachers, curriculum specialists, scientists and other educational professionals to explore and research contemporary issues related to science learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum. The faculty, Dr. Harvey Henson and Dr. Senetta Bancroft, are jointly appointed in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Human Services and in the College of Science. Our programs are research-focused and include a Master’s and a Doctoral program. Learn More >>

STEM, Program Area+ -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

A new specialty area being developed within the Curriculum and Instruction Department, the STEM specialty area will encompass the Learning Systems Design & Technology concentration and the study of Mathematics Education and Science Education. Under Construction >>

Teacher Leadership, Program Area+ -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers the Doctor of Philosophy in Education degree with a specialization in Teacher Leadership. The goal of the Teacher Leadership Specialty Area is to prepare students to assume a variety of leadership roles in public and private schools, educational agencies, and college or university settings. Learn more >>


Ph.D. in Education: Educational Administration Concentration

Program emphasis in:

Educational Administration+ -

(Educational Administration and Higher Education)

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is a cross-departmental degree offered in five departments. The Department of Educational Administration and Higher Education participates in the Ph. D. in Education program with a concentration in educational administration. The program provides advanced level preparation related to administrative practices and policies in P-20 educational settings. Students focus their studies in either pre-K-12 administration or higher education. In addition to learning to do independent, high quality research, the core of the program includes study of policy and politics in educational systems, leadership and change in educational organizations, program development and evaluation, ethics and social justice, and education and culture. Learn more >>

Higher Education + -

(Educational Administration and Higher Education)

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is a cross-departmental degree offered in five departments. The Department of Educational Administration and Higher Education participates in the Ph. D. in Education program with a concentration in educational administration. The program provides advanced level preparation related to administrative practices and policies in P-20 educational settings. Students focus their studies in either pre-K-12 administration or higher education. In addition to learning to do independent, high quality research, the core of the program includes study of policy and politics in educational systems, leadership and change in educational organizations, program development and evaluation, ethics and social justice, and education and culture. Learn more >>


Ph.D. in Education : Counseling, Quantitative Methods, and Special Education Concentration

Students in all CQMSE doctoral programs are expected to make presentations at state, regional, and national conferences, and make significant progress in the development of their professional vita by engaging in publishable research activity under faculty advisement. University teaching competencies will also be developed through classroom instructional experiences.

Program emphasis in:

Concentration in Counselor Education + -

(Counseling, Quantitative Methods, and Special Education)

The Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education and Supervision is CACREP accredited, and this program is committed to preparing flexible, dynamic, multiculturally competent, ethical, clinically skilled, and knowledgeable professionals for positions as counselor educators. Specifically, graduates are prepared to serve as clinicians and/or counselor supervisors in schools and community settings; and/or directors of community agency settings. Learn more >>

Concentration in Quantitative Methods+ -

(Counseling, Quantitative Methods, and Special Education)

Quantitative Methods currently offers a Ph.D program, which has as its goal the development of specialists in the fields of statistics, measurement, or evaluation. Doctoral students receive instruction in the underlying mathematical and statistical models that serve as the basis for research and practice in evaluation in education and the behavioral and social sciences. Student’s educational experiences are tailored to serve their specific interests in such a manner that they become proficient in broad and rigorous methodological skills as well as in the use of standard statistical software. Learn more >>

Concentration in Special Education+ -

(Counseling, Quantitative Methods, and Special Education)

TThe purpose of the concentration in Special Education is to develop students’ knowledge and skills in research and special education in order to prepare them to serve in leadership positions in school, college, university, research settings, or human service agencies. Our faculty is dedicated to providing a competency-based education emphasizing scholarly research and teaching throughout their graduate experience. Students accepted into the Ph.D. program are held to the highest standards of professional practice. Learn more >>


Ph.D. in Education: Health Education Concentration


Ph.D. in Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute

The doctoral program at SIUC has been preparing students for careers in rehabilitation education, administration, and research since 1978. Over 130 individuals from all over the world have completed their doctoral work at the Rehabilitation Institute, and our graduates are among the most respected leaders in the field of rehabilitation. SIUC is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive (Highest Category), and the Ph.D. program at the Rehabilitation Institute has a long tradition as a student-centered research program. 

Program emphasis in:

Behavior Analysis and Therapy, and Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration.+ -

The Ph.D. program is divided into two areas, each with their own curriculum: Behavior Analysis and Therapy, and Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration. Within Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration, students usually specialize in either counseling or administration, although combination programs are possible. Within Behavior Analysis and Therapy, students are trained to be researchers and to work for the academy. Upon application to the doctoral program, students identify a faculty member within their area who, in most cases, will both serve as academic advisor and chair the student's dissertation committee. Applicants should work with their respective programs to determine with whom they will work during their doctoral studies.

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Ph.D. in Education: Workforce Education and Development Concentration

A broad, general leadership and professional development degree+ -

(Workforce Education and Human Development)

The workforce education and development concentration is a broad, general leadership and professional development degree that serves individuals having knowledge, experience, and interests in: (a) career education, (b) career and technical education, (c) public and private sector training and development, (d) human resource development and related technical and professional fields. Even though many students entering the program have a specific occupational area identity (e.g. , business education, health careers education, industrial education), the degree is not awarded in a service area specialty. Learn more >>