Ph.D. in Education
The collaborative Program is designed for educators whose professional experience and goals match the Program’s mission and focus. This focus is reflected in the core assumptions:
- Effective educational reform might best be accomplished by the improvement of existing institutions.
- Leaders of reforms should be experienced and reflective educators who are guided by the history of American education, but not confined by it.
- Past and current educational practices must be carefully evaluated in order to refine some and replace others.
- Blueprints for educational improvement and reform should be shaped by previous research on educational theory and practice.
- Educational improvement and reform should be systematically evaluated.
This program provides:
- Access to faculty expertise from diverse fields;
- Theoretical and practical applications in foundations, curriculum and policy;
- Rigorous, hands-on work in quantitative and qualitative research;
- Scheduling to meet the needs of working professionals in education and allied fields; and
- Opportunities for learning/socializing outside of coursework.
Faculty members from both institutions provide a broad range of scholarly expertise clustered into five broad and overlapping areas. Currently, these areas of expertise include:
- Literacy in Education (Print Literacy and Digital Literacy)
- Special Education
- Adult and Higher Education
- Pedagogy and Practice (Instruction, Curriculum, Assessment, and Teacher Education)
- Equity and Social Justice in Education
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