Oct 24, 2021
Revised Program | Fall 2017
The Doctor of Philosophy in Educational 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. Program Website
The applicant must submit to the Graduate School:
- An 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 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 Teacher Education Department (website):
- 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 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 Reference Form) enclosed in a sealed envelope with the signature of the referrer across the seal.
Select applicants will meet with the doctoral admissions committee for a screening interview.
Degree Requirements: 60 hours
Education Core: 9 hours
Nine credit hours of study focused on research in teaching and learning, social, and philosophical foundations of education, and cultural, political, and economic impacts of education on global communities. These courses are team taught in a seminar format.
Concentration: 24 hours
24 credits focused on teaching-learning-assessment and community involvement related to specific concentrations.
P-12 Urban Education Concentration: 24 hours
This concentration is focused on teaching, learning, assessment and community involvement with preschool through high school populations in urban education.
Required Courses: 15 hours
- URED 811 - An Exploration of Urban Education: History, Theory, Policy, and Practice 3 hrs
- URED 812 - Children and Families in Poverty 3 hrs
- URED 813 - Schools as Agencies of Community Collaboration 3 hrs
- URED 814 - Teacher Development 3 hrs
- URED 815 - Knowledge, Learning and Pedagogy 3 hrs
Restricted Electives: 9 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.
Required Courses: 12 hours
- NURS 803 - Advanced Concepts in Diverse Populations in Nursing Education 3 hrs
- NURS 800 - Nursing Education Past, Present and Future 3 hrs
- NURS 801 - Nursing Education Theory Development 3 hrs
- NURS 802 - Assessment of Courses, Curricula and Programs in Nursing Higher Education 3 hrs
Restricted Electives: 12 hours
Electives are chosen with an advisor.
Pre-dissertation Comprehensive Credit: 3 hours minimum
Dissertation Research: 14 hours