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Doctoral Degree Programs

The School of Education offers two different doctoral degrees, each with different concentrations.

Ed.D. Education Doctorate

Educational Administration and Higher Education+ -

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

Ph.D. in Education

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. Learn More >>

          Human Development and Family Studies+ -

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+ -

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 STEM+ -

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 STEM + -

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 Language, Literacies and Culture+ -

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 STEM + -

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>