Educational Studies, Ph.D.
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.
In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a:
- Personal Statement
GRE optional for the Higher Education concentration of the Ph.D. in Educational Studies.
Degree Program Requirements
Required: 60 credit hours
Teacher Education and Development Concentration
Required: 60-72 credit hours
All students must meet the requirements described below. Additional course requirements are determined on an individual basis through planning by the student and their doctoral advisory/dissertation committee.
|Required Core Courses (12 credits)|
|TED 646||Introduction to Equity Education||3|
|or TED 765||Research in Equity Education|
|TED 746||Seminar: Research on Teaching||3|
|TED 747||Doctoral Seminar in Learning and Cognition||3|
|TED 749||Disciplined Inquiry in Teacher Education||3|
|Research Component Courses (21 credits)|
|TED 730||Qualitative Methods in Curriculum and Instruction||3|
|TED 738||Mixed Methods Research Design in Curriculum and Instruction||3|
|TED 775||Directed Doctoral Research 1||6|
|ERM 781||Design and Analysis of Educational Experiments 2||3|
|Select 6 credits of applied research courses 3||6|
|Concentration Courses (15 credits)|
|Select 15 credits of concentration courses 3||15|
|Dissertation (12-24 credits)||12-24|
|Total Credit Hours||60-72|
Taken two times for a total of 6 credits.
ERM 780 Intermediate Statistical Methods in Education , prerequisite for ERM 781, can be counted in the 21 credits. The remaining research courses must be selected with advice and approval of the doctoral committee.
With the advice and approval of the doctoral committee.
Research Component Courses
The research component must include both qualitative and quantitative research courses, plus an applied research component. Students are expected to acquire a deep understanding of the concepts of research and inquiry as they relate to curriculum and instruction. The knowledge base should include understanding of various research paradigms, criticisms of these paradigms, and the ability to conduct scholarly research. The research component must include one doctoral-level qualitative methods course, one doctoral-level mixed methods research course, one doctoral-level statistics course, and at least 6 credits of applied research courses as listed above.
Students will decide on courses with the advice and approval of the doctoral committee. By carefully selecting courses, students may develop a focus in any of several areas including teacher education, elementary education, middle grades education, reading and literacy education, mathematics education, social studies education, science education, equity education, or an interdisciplinary focus.
Higher Education Concentration
Required: 60 credit hours
|Core Course Requirements (15 credits)|
|HED 745||Higher Education: Equity, Inclusion and Learning||3|
|HED 746||Organizational Theory in Higher Education||3|
|HED 747||Advanced Student Development Theory||3|
|HED 748||The Law of Higher Education||3|
|HED 749||Professional Seminar in Higher Education Research||3|
|Concentration Course Requirements (15 credits)|
|Select 15 credits of concentration courses *||15|
|Research Methods Course Requirements (18 credits)|
|HED 775||Directed Doctoral Research||3|
|ERM 780||Intermediate Statistical Methods in Education||3|
|ERM 781||Design and Analysis of Educational Experiments||3|
|Select one course (3 credits) in qualitative or interpretative research methods||3|
|Select one course (3 credits) in advanced research methods||3|
|Select one elective course (3 credits) in research methods||3|
|Dissertation (12 credits)||12|
|Total Credit Hours||60|
In consultation with the advisor. See Concentration Course Requirements below for details.
Concentration Course Requirements
The concentration should complement the student’s interests and, therefore, is individually designed. In consultation with the advisor, students will select a coherent set of concentration courses focusing on specific problems of theory, policy, or practice in higher education and are appropriate for the student’s professional goals and interests.
- Residency (Immersion)
- Research Competency
- Plan of Study
- Comprehensive Exam (Written & Oral)
- Dissertation Proposal
- Admission to Candidacy
- Dissertation Defense
- Filing the Final Approved Dissertation