The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) are offered through the College of Education and Human Development. The Ph.D. degree is awarded in recognition of creative scholarship and research in a field of study. In the College, the emphasis of the Ph.D. is on intensive study, including original scholarship, in an area of concentration. The Ed.D. is the highest degree focusing on the practice of education. Its emphasis is on professional practice and on the research and theory that inform practice. Professional roles assumed by persons who hold the Ed.D. or Ph.D. in education often overlap in spite of the different emphases of the two degrees.
The Ph.D.and Ed.D. programs in Teaching and Learning are designed to prepare individuals for leadership and teaching positions in colleges and universities, and public or private agencies. The doctoral program in Teaching and Learning offers three areas of emphasis: Higher Education (preparation to be a college or university teacher of an academic discipline); Instructional Design & Technology (preparation to be an instructional design faculty/scholar in a university setting); and Teacher Education (preparation to be an educator of teachers in a college or university setting and/or as a person providing consultation and inservice to teachers in preK-12 schools). Graduates from the program gain employment at universities, community colleges, tribal colleges, and industries. Coursework for all areas of emphasis is offered by faculty from the departments of Teaching and Learning and Educational Foundations and Research.