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Ph.D.: Doctor of Philosophy in Education

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Courses in the PhD general program emphasize the study of education, theory, ethics, technology, evaluation and assessment, as well as research methodologies.Developed for working professionals, courses are held in a weekend format so you can continue to work full time. Additionally, the PhD program provides opportunities for development as a research scholar with a research intensive apprenticeship experience.

In the final year of the program, PhD students work closely with their faculty mentor in an apprenticeship. While focused on enhancing and expanding the PhD student’s research skills and knowledge, faculty mentors work with their mentees to identify and design apprenticeship activities based on the PhD student’s professional goals and discipline. Some examples of apprenticeship activities include curriculum development, grant writing, conference proposals and presentations, writing or publication, teaching, learning advanced research methods not covered in the program’s four research courses, and leading workshops on topics related to the student’s expertise.

The program is a minimum of 54 credits with no transfer credits accepted.

Course Schedule

Year One

Semester Course Credit Description
Fall DOC 301  Seminar 
Fall DOC 306  Qualitative Research Methods
Spring DOC 396 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
Spring DOC 305  Quantitative Research Methods
Summer DOC 395  Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
Summer DOC 302  Ethics, Diversity, & Leadership

 

Year Two

Semester Course Credit Description
Fall DOC 360  Learning, Leading, & Technology
Fall  DOC 350 Philosophy & Epistemology in Education
Spring  DOC 345 Theory, Research, & Leadership
Spring  DOC 370  Evaluation & Assessment 
Comprehensive Exams   
Summer DOC 390 3 Dissertation Seminar
Summer DOC 399 3 Dissertation Credits

 

Year Three

Semester Course Credit Description
Fall DOC 380 3 Apprenticeship Credits with Faculty Mentor
Fall DOC 399 3 Dissertation Credits
Spring DOC 380 3 Apprenticeship Credits with Faculty Mentor
Spring DOC 399 3 Dissertation Credits
Summer DOC 380 3 Apprenticeship Credits with Faculty Mentor
Summer DOC 399 3 Dissertation Credits*

*Students enroll for 1 credit of DOC 399 each semester until dissertation is complete.  

 

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