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The UMass Lowell College of Education doctoral degrees prepare professional leaders to identify challenges and reinvent education for the next generation.
Graduates of the Ph.D. in Education 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:
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.
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. These programs emphasize the development of thoughtful and reflective scholar practitioners. Please note 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 online with a summer residency.