Doctor of Philosophy in the Field of Educational Science

The doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.). in educational science degree program is designed to create opportunities for cross-disciplinary education research by concentrating on critical national and global problems in which education and human development play a significant role. To adequately address such critical national and global problems, scholars require both a strong foundation in educational science as well as theoretical and disciplinary grounding in multiple disciplines. The Ph.D. program is distinguished by four characteristics: (1) candidates apply to a cross-disciplinary research team (CRT) that is focused on a critical problem related to education, (2) approaches to the research problems require a cross-disciplinary lens, (3) students engage in research throughout their program, and (4) candidates aspire to careers in which the production of research is paramount.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

Requirements of the Doctor of Philosophy program

Educational foundations
EDUC 8100Experimental Courses (taken four times for 3 credits each time)
Research methods
EDUC 8120Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
6 credits from the following:
EDUC 8130Survey Research Methods
EDUC 8131Case Study Research Methods
EDUC 8140Ethnographic Research Methods
EDUC 8142Phenomenological Research Methods
EDUC 8144Discourse Analysis
EDUC 8170Educational Measurement
EDUC 8171Predictive Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8172Multivariate Analysis
EDUC 8173Structural Equation Modeling
EDUC 8100Experimental Courses
Cross-disciplinary concentration
24 credits in graduate-level courses determined in consultation with the advisor at the time of admission. Course selections are determined by the focus of the cross-disciplinary research team and the specific interests of the student.
EDUC 8999Dissertation Research (taken for a minimum of 12 credits)
An approved dissertation proposal is required.
The successful completion of a comprehensive examination required.