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Ph.D. in Education

History and Mission of an Innovative Program

The Ph.D. Program in Education began in 1995 as a collaborative effort of Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island.  Start-up funding for the Program came from a generous grant by the Feinstein Foundation, which has provided extensive support for programs to enhance Rhode Island’s public and private schools, colleges, and universities.  In recognition of the Foundation’s central role in launching the PhD program in Education, its doctoral students are known as Feinstein Fellows.

This collaborative program, in addition to drawing on the resources of two strong institutions, has several other features that distinguish it from most doctoral programs in education nationwide.  It has a very specific and clearly designed focus, which applies to all of its students.  It has been designed for the crucial mission of preparing educational leaders of effective, research-based, educational reform. These leaders will be trained to integrate three essential roles:

Analytical Thinkers - who can assess current practices and their historical roots;

Expert Collaborators - who can work with others to design and implement innovative programs;

Applied Researchers - who can rigorously evaluate new educational curricula, programs, and practices.

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  • Spring Colloquium

    Thursday, April 17, 4 - 7 pm

    Gallanti Lounge, 3rd floor library

    University of Rhode Island

    Kingston, RI

  • Jennifer Connolly, doctoral candidate in the joint URI/RIC Ph.D. in Education program, has been selected to present "A Grounded Theory Content Analysis of Seclusion of Students with Disabilities in Schools" as part of the graduate student research session at the 2013 Council for Exceptional Children's national conference in San Antonio, Texas in April.


  • Dr. Elaine Mangiante, Cohort 2008, 2012 winner of the Schmitt Award for best paper from the New England Education Research Organization.

    Paper: Planning for Inquiry Science: Case Studies of Two Effective Urban Elementary Teachers

    Major Professor: Dr. Kathleen Peno


  • Dr. Mary Jo Fletcher LaRocco
    Dissertation published: Chinese International Teaching Assistants and the Essence of Intercultural Competence in University Context. In Greta Gorsuch, (Ed.), 2012, Working Theories for Teaching Assistant Development. Stillwater, OK: New Forms Press.
    Major professor: Dr. Joanne Hammodou Sullivan