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Educational Studies Ph.D

The doctoral program in Educational Studies offers liberally educated practitioners of education professional preparation for the professoriate in Educational Studies and other fields of Education, for educational innovation in other fields, or for intellectual and moral leadership in other educative roles. Working initially with an assigned adviser, each doctoral student appoints an advisory committee of five graduate faculty members, chaired by one from Educational Studies, to assist with formation of an individualized doctoral curriculum plan. Educational Studies Ph.D. requirements include core courses in philosophy, history, and sociology of education; a program of coursework that includes both a major emphasis and a minor emphasis as well as specific research tools tailored to each student’s professional purposes and talents; a residency program that includes relevant professional teaching, research, and service activities; a general examination and a dissertation. In lieu of a minor emphasis, a doctoral student may work with an advisory committee co-chair from another field to design a second major emphasis to construct an applied scholarly specialty in Educational Studies (e.g., educational disability studies, bilingual educational studies, philosophy of STEM education, sociology of educational athletics, history of educational psychology, biographical studies of educational leadership, Native American educational studies, etc.). Also, the doctoral program of study may include coursework that meets requirements for a graduate certificate offered by another academic unit (e.g., for principals or superintendents, or in Women’s & Gender Studies), to sharpen the focus of a student’s Educational Studies scholarship.