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The PhD in Elementary Education is designed for graduate students who are interested in a career as a college or university professor.

The program includes collaboration with faculty and builds familiarity with university resources and operation.

A cognate of 15 or 24 credits in research is required for the PhD.

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Program Benefits

You'll develop an in-depth knowledge in your area of interest through program activities that include in-service training, research and publication, college teaching, curriculum development, clinical or laboratory work, and graduate courses in your major and related subjects.

We have an accomplished faculty who have received recognition for their work on the national and international levels.

Our small class sizes mean you will consistently interact with your professors, allowing for mentoring and careful monitoring of your progress.

You'll develop an in-depth knowledge in your area of interest through program activities that include in-service training, research and publication, college teaching, curriculum development, clinical or laboratory work, and graduate courses in your major and related subjects.

Major Requirements

The doctoral program consists of 90 credit hours encompassing the following:

  • EDPS 641 Statistical Methods in Educational and Psychological Research
  • EDPS 642 Intermediate Statistics
  • ID 705 Research Colloquium
  • EDFO 631 Philosophy of Education
  • EDFO 641 History of American Education
  • EDFO 651 Educational Sociology
  • EDPS 600 Advanced Educational Psychology: Learning
  • EDPS 603 Psychology of Human Development
  • EDPS 627 Child Development

Prerequisite

EDPS 640 Methodology of Educational and Psychological Research, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for the doctoral program. Graduate students who enter without this credit, must meet the requirement as a deficiency rather than as part of the program.

Area of Specialization

Doctorate of education candidates select one of the three following areas of specialization:

  • Elementary
  • Early Childhood
  • Reading Education

Candidates' doctoral committees will determine 40 credits of courses, which must include:

  • 10 hours - dissertation
  • 10 hours - doctoral seminar ( EDEL 791, EDEL 792, EDEL 798, EDEL 799, or EDRD 700)

Cognate Areas

The Ph.D. program requires a research cognate.

Candidates may choose either:

  • one research cognate of 24 credits
  • one research cognate of 15 credits and a second cognate approved by the doctoral committee.

Courses

Quantitative Research (Minimum of Two)
  • EDPS 645 Survey of Advanced Research Methods and Statistical Designs
  • EDPS 646 Tests and Measurements
  • EDPS 740 Categorical Data Analysis
  • EDPS 741 Applied Regression Analysis for the Social Sciences
  • EDPS 744 Seminar in Research Methodology
  • EDPS 785 Multilevel Statistical Modeling
Qualitative Research (Minimum of Two)
  • EDST 660 Ethnographic Research in Education
  • EDST 650 Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • EDEL 740 Research in Early Elementary Education

Additional research courses may be approved by the doctoral committee.

Residency Requirements

PhD candidates must complete 15 credits in two consecutive semesters to meet the residency requirements of the Ph.D.

Paying for Your Education

Department Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while helping cover the costs of your degree. Learn more.

More Information

For additional information about the doctoral program, please fill out the online information form, or reach out by email or phone to program advisor Dr. Linda Martin.

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