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Ph.D. in Education

The Curriculum - Course Sequence Before 2009

Core Courses Research Methodologies
Issues and Problems in Educational Inquiry and Foundations
  • EDP 615

Research Methodologies

Issues and Problems in Human Development, Learning, and Teaching

Quantitative Analysis in Educational Research *

Issues and Problems in Organizational Theory, Leadership, and Policy Analysis

Field Research Seminar **


Advanced course(s) in research methods for the specialization area and the dissertation


Individual's Area of Specialization

  • Four courses (12 hours) or more in areas related to the dissertation ***
  • Research-Methods Courses

In order to accommodate the professional schedules of students - most have full-time jobs - all required courses in the Program begin at 4:00 P.M. or later.

Fall Term
Spring Term
Summer Term

Summer before

Year 1


EDC 555 (3), if needed *

Year 1

EDP 610 (3 hours)

EDP 641 (1)

EDP 611 (3)

EDP 641 (1)

EDP 615 (3)

EDP 625 (3)

Year 2

EDP 620 (3)

EDP 641 (1)

Specialization Area

Coursework ***

EDP 621 (3)

EDP 641 (1)

EDP 622, Community

Service Learning (2)

Specialization Area (3 or more)

Year 3

EDP 630 (3)

EDP 641 (1)

Specialization Area (3)

EDP 631 (3)

EDP 641 (1)

Specialization Area (3)

Specialization Area (3 or more)
Year 4 and Beyond

EDP 699 (1 or more)

EDP 699 (1 or more)

EDP 699 (1 or more)

* EDP 625 requires a solid foundation in Introductory Statistics. New students can build that foundation by passing EDC 555 (Quantitative Thinking and Applications for Educational Data) in the 10-week summer session before Year One. Or, they may “test out” by achieving a score of 75% or higher on an Equivalency Test based on mid-term and final examinations from EDC 555.

** EDP 641 is a one-credit course taken six times (fall and spring semesters of Years 1-3). An ungraded course (satisfactory/unsatisfactory), it provides a forum for initially identifying individuals' areas of interest and inquiry, exploring them, formulating potential research questions, and considering useful research strategies, en route to the dissertation.

*** These courses include advanced courses in research methods that address the dissertation topic. In the outline are a variety of times that courses might be taken toward the 12 hours required for the specialization area. These potential times, of course, total more than 12 hours.

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