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.