Sep 19, 2019  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Ph.D. in Educational Studies (EDST)

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The Ph.D. in Education Studies will prepare educators from a variety of community organizations (P-12 schools, higher education and other community contexts) to engage in effective research and practice about teaching and learning. The program consists of two primary strands, one that concentrates on developing educators for P-12 learners, and a second that prepares educators for post secondary learners. The program is theoretically rigorous, grounded in best practices and directly linked to the University’s strategic initiatives. A key underlying emphasis of the program will be a focus on poverty and its specific impact on urban, as well as suburban and rural communities.

Application Phase:

The applicant must submit to the Office of Admissions (

  • Official or true-attested copy of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Graduate transcripts documenting completion of either a Master’s or Specialist’s degree from an accredited university with at least a 3.3 GPA.

  • A completed Graduate Admission Application Form and application fee.

  • If applicable, submit evidence of English language proficiency as documented by official test scores on the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS.

The applicant must submit to the Department of Teacher Education (

  • A resume reflecting professional experience, community engagement, scholarly activity, and other evidence supportive of this application.

  • A typed rationale statement (maximum of 350 words) explaining how the focus of the Doctorate in Educational Studies program is supports the applicant’s professional development goals.

  • A critical/analytic essay (APA style, up to 750 words, excluding references) written for the application to the doctoral program that meets the following content guidelines and format (see rubric):

    • Meaningful and substantive definition of a relevant issue in either urban education or nursing education. Nursing practice issues must be discussed from the standpoint of nursing education.

    • Critical appraisal of the issue demonstrating the applicant’s ability to explore multiple sides with supporting research or theoretical literature.

    • Discussion section demonstrating the applicant’s understanding of how this issue relates to urban education or nursing education, advocacy and leadership within the applicant’s concentration focus.

  • Three professional references. Each reference must include both a letter and a completed reference form (see online form) enclosed in a sealed envelope with the signature of the referrer across the seal.

Interview Phase:
Select applicants will meet with the doctoral admissions committee for a screening interview.

One concentration from the following:

P-12 Urban Education Concentration: 24 hours

This concentration is focused on teaching, learning, assessment and community involvement with Pre-school through high school populations in urban education.

Restricted Electives: 12 hours

Electives are chosen with an advisor.

Nursing Concentration: 24 hours

This concentration is focused on higher education/adult learners through teaching, learning, assessment research in education and leadership in nursing education to meet the needs of diverse student and faculty populations. Must include approved coursework in learning, assessment/evaluation and community.

Restricted Electives: 12 hours

Electives are chosen with an advisor.

Pre-dissertation Comprehensive Credit: 3 hours minimum

Dissertation Research: 14 hours

Program Total: 60 hours

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