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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education (PhD)

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Please see the Program Policy Document  for more information. 

Requirements for the Degree:

A minimum of 55 credit hours is required to complete the Ph.D. program.

Course Work:

First Year Core Courses:

Students take the following 4 courses during their first year.

Research Methods:

Nine credits from the following options:

EDUC 826 , EDUC 844 EDUC 863 EDUC 873 , and EDUC 884  may satisfy the research methods core requirement if not used to meet the specialization area core requirement. These courses cannot be counted twice, may only be used once.


Students take 9-12 credits of primary specialization core courses, and 9 credits of secondary specialization core courses. 

Learning Sciences:

Students take the following 3 courses (9 credits):


Students take the following 3 courses (9 credits):

Sociocultural and Community-based Approaches to Education:

Students take the following 3 courses (9 credits):

Scholarly Apprenticeship Requirements:

All students must participate in an annual College Research Forum; submit a publication to a peer-reviewed journal on which they are a coauthor; present their work at a national conference; and develop skills in university teaching.

Residency Requirement:

One year in residence (one continuous academic year-9 credit hours per semester) must be completed. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement in the first year.


All students must pass an assessment based on the work completed in the Proseminars at the end of the first year. Students must successfully pass the First Year Assessment before they are allowed to enroll in second year courses. This First Year Assessment fulfills the University requirement for a qualifying examination. Specialization areas may require additional qualifying exams or projects. 

Dissertation research:

Nine hours of dissertation credit is required of all Ph.D. students, and additional coursework may be specified by a student’s advisory committee as part of the student’s Individual Program Plan.

Dissertation defense:

An original work of scholarship, meeting School, University and professional requirements, plus an oral defense of the work.

Research Colloquia:

A one-credit course is offered each semester in conjunction with the colloquium series and students must complete a minimum of 4 credits of colloquium. Although students are required to attend colloquia for 4 semesters (1 credit/semester), they are strongly encouraged to attend every year during their tenure in the program.

Program Requirements for the M.A. in Education:


Last Revised for 2021-2022 Academic Year

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