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Ph.D. in Education

Our Ph.D. in Education program offers a unique way for reform-minded individuals to advance their research knowledge and skills in order to address educational problems in a variety of settings. Our students take advantage of the expertise of faculty from both the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College.

The URI/RIC Ph.D. in Education program prepares individuals to:

  • examine current theory and research in various educational areas,
  • utilize both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to design studies of pressing questions in education,
  • design and implement reform in many educational settings, and
  • work collaboratively with professional teams to develop multiple perspectives on current educational issues.

The program allows working professionals to pursue this advanced study as: 

  • coursework is sequenced to allow for part-time study, and
  • all required courses begin no earlier than 4:00 pm to accommodate work schedules.

Join us to become part of a professional network of graduates of the URI/RIC Ph.D. in Education program who are using the knowledge and experiences they acquired in our program to address educational issues in public and private educational settings from pre-kindergarten through high school, from undergraduate to graduate higher education, and in various adult education settings.


  • 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