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Doctoral Degree Programs

Overview of Doctoral Policies and Procedures:

In the School of Education, the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education is a cross-programmatic doctoral degree offered in four programs: Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Administration and Higher Education; Quantitative Methods and Special Education; and Workforce Education and Development. The Doctor of Education degree is also offered through the School of Education.

EdD: Doctorate of Education

Educational Administration and Higher Education Program Area+ -

You can continue your graduate studies to earn a Doctorate in Education (EdD) in Educational Administration even if you do not wish to pursue a PhD. Students may pursue a Doctorate of Education in one of three concentrations: P-12, Higher Education, or Special Education. With comparable rigor to other doctoral degrees, the EdD provides the coursework and instruction to work in educational administration. Learn More >>

Ph.D. in Education: Curriculum and Instruction Concentration

The Ph.D. 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 School of Education 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+ -

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+ -

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. Course offerings will also cover Early Childhood, curriculum and theory. The program integrates theory, research and practical learning to promote leaders in the field who serve in the education field. 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.

Language, Literacies and Culture Program Area+ -

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+ -

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 + -

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 and Culture Program Area+ -

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+ -

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 Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education and in the College of Science. Our programs are research-focused and include a Master’s and a Doctoral program. Learn More >>

Teacher Leadership Program Area+ -

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

Educational Administration and Higher Education Program Area+ -

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is a cross-programmatic degree offered in five programs. 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: Quantitative Methods and Special Education Concentration

Quantitative Methods and Special Education Program Area+ -

Students in all QMSE 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. 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 >>

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

Workforce Education and Development Program Area+ -

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 >>