Overview During Years One to Three in the Program, students take year-long Core Seminars with other members of their Cohort following the same course sequence (admitted before 2009), (admitted 2009 or after).
Three research methods courses are required: EDP 612 (Qualitative Analysis in Educational Research), EDP 613 (Quantitative Analysis in Educational Research with an SPSS Lab) and EDP 623 (Research Design). These may be supplemented by more advanced work in research methods applicable to a student's Specialization Area and dissertation topic.
Starting in Year Two, students participate in biweekly Field Research Seminars (EDP 641) that combine members from the 2nd-year, and 3rd-year cohorts. Co-taught by professors from URI and RIC, these seminars provide a forum for students to present their evolving research ideas, questions, and methodologies. Feedback and discussion help to develop each presenter's research ideas--en route to the Dissertation--while also sharpening the research tools of other members of the seminar.
Year Two also includes a Spring semester course on Community Service and Service Learning (EDP 622), dealing with the larger networks of human services and support in which public education is embedded.
A defining feature of this Ph.D. Program is the premium placed on research training. Potential applicants should be aware of the central importance of this research training to the Program's mission, as reflected in its guiding tenets.