Educational Studies, Ph.D.

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In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a:

  • Personal Statement
  • Resume

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 646Introduction to Equity Education3
or TED 765 Research in Equity Education
TED 746Seminar: Research on Teaching3
TED 747Doctoral Seminar in Learning and Cognition3
TED 749Disciplined Inquiry in Teacher Education3
Research Component Courses (21 credits)
TED 730Qualitative Methods in Curriculum and Instruction3
TED 738Mixed Methods Research Design in Curriculum and Instruction3
TED 775Directed Doctoral Research 16
ERM 781Design and Analysis of Educational Experiments 23
Select 6 credits of applied research courses 36
Concentration Courses (15 credits)
Select 15 credits of concentration courses 315
Dissertation (12-24 credits)12-24
Total Credit Hours60-72

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.

Concentration Courses

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 745Higher Education: Equity, Inclusion and Learning3
HED 746Organizational Theory in Higher Education3
HED 747Advanced Student Development Theory3
HED 748The Law of Higher Education3
HED 749Professional Seminar in Higher Education Research3
Concentration Course Requirements (15 credits)
Select 15 credits of concentration courses *15
Research Methods Course Requirements (18 credits)
HED 775Directed Doctoral Research3
ERM 780Intermediate Statistical Methods in Education 3
ERM 781Design and Analysis of Educational Experiments 3
Select one course (3 credits) in qualitative or interpretative research methods3
Select one course (3 credits) in advanced research methods3
Select one elective course (3 credits) in research methods3
Dissertation (12 credits)12
Total Credit Hours60

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.

Required Milestones*

  • Residency (Immersion)
  • Research Competency
  • Plan of Study
  • Comprehensive Exam (Written & Oral)
  • Dissertation Proposal
  • Admission to Candidacy
  • Dissertation Defense
  • Filing the Final Approved Dissertation

General information about milestones for doctoral programs is available in Section III of the Graduate Policies page in the University Catalog. For information about how milestones are accomplished for a specific program, please refer to the doctoral program's handbook.