Which Program Is Right for You?
Ph.D. Degree Program
Graduates of the Ph.D. in Education to pursue positions as faculty members in higher education or policy and research roles in the public or private sector. The degree is designed for the development of competencies in educational scholarship and research.
Ph.D. Education candidates choose one of three options:
- Leadership in Education - pursue a future career in a research university or other policy and research organizations.
- Literacy Studies - prepare for a faculty position in the education department of a research university, a leadership role in PK-16 education or a position in a private foundation or an organization that examines educational policy.
- Research & Evaluation in Education - assume a research faculty position in higher education, work in a policy and research institution or lend skills to analysis and evaluation in industry.
The Ph.D. requires the completion of 60 credits beyond the master's degree. At least 50 percent of the degree is focused on research courses, research preparation and dissertation research. The Ph.D. is taught on campus and is open to part-time and full-time students. Full-time study is recommended for those seeking the option in Research and Evaluation in Education. The Ph.D. is generally completed in six years, unless the candidate is full-time.
Ed.D. Degree Program
Our Ed.D. degrees offer professional educators the opportunity to complete a terminal degree. Graduates are able to pursue leadership roles in K-12 districts or in higher education administrative or instructional settings. These programs emphasize the development of thoughtful and reflective scholar practitioners. Please not that this degree does not lead to licensure. For more information on licensure, explore our M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees
All Ed.D. candidates receive a degree in Leadership in Schooling, but within this, some may choose to pursue an option in STEM education. Courses are offered in a hybrid format, each course is a mixture of online and on-campus instruction, together with a summer residency.
- Leadership in Schooling (on-campus and online courses) - enhance skills both as a researcher and as an instructional leader of PK-12 programs.
- Leadership in Schooling: STEM Education (anticipated for the Summer 2016; on-campus and online courses) - for those who are in the fields of science, math and engineering education and aspire to instructional leadership roles in PK-12. While the focus is on school leadership, this option may be appropriate for some in instructional roles in higher education.
The Ed.D. requires completion of 42 credits beyond the master's degree. Nine of these credits are focused on disseration research. The research for the Ed.D. is applied in nature and may examine an issue pertinent to a local setting. The Ed.D. program format includes online and on-campus study as well as a two-week summer residency requirement.
The Ed.D. is designed as a cohort program beginning each summer and taking three calendar years (summer, fall, spring) to complete. Candidates will be expected to take two courses each semester. Each course includes online and on-campus components.