Doctor of Philosophy
Started in 2010, the Ph.D. degree will prepare students for professional positions that rely on a full understanding of the broad intellectual and scholarly themes that are foundational to good practice, as well as excellent research skills. Students will study both the Foundations of Education as well as Research Methodologies, choosing to emphasize one or the other. They will design a graduate minor or cognate uniquely suited to their scholarly and research interests.
Educational Foundations Emphasis
The students will demonstrate content knowledge, skills, and dispositions that prepare them for
functioning as engaged education professionals in a diverse and complex world.
- Students will demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge of various foundations disciplines,
their methods, and their conventions of communication.
- Students will display skills associated with the foundations of education:
- Interpret, critique and synthesize major historical, social, cultural, psychological,
political, comparative, and philosophical ideas and perspectives influencing modern
schooling and education more broadly;
- Articulate and defend ideas in writing and discourse;
- Reflect on individual beliefs, values, attitudes, and perspectives about educational
practices, policies, and systems;
- Use technology and basic research skills to discover, interpret, and present information;
- Apply pedagogical and curricular skills to their professional practice.
- Students will demonstrate action-oriented dispositions of professionalism; intellectual curiosity;
and respect for human, cultural, political, and philosophical diversity.
Educational Research Emphasis
The students will demonstrate the ability to understand and conduct research relevant to
- Students will demonstrate a depth and breadth of understanding of research as a discipline.
- Students will understand and articulate paradigmatic differences among various qualitative,
quantitative, and mixed methodological frameworks.
- Students will be able to plan research projects including appropriate use of quantitative,
qualitative, and/or mixed methodologies.
- Students will be able to implement research projects—including data collection and analysis
—using both quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methodologies.
- Students will be able to write and present research reports based on quantitative, qualitative
and/or mixed methodologies.
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