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Ph.D. in Education

Core Assumptions

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.

Program Values


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.

Specialization Areas


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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