The College of Education and Human Development offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.) degree with several areas of emphasis:
- Counselor Education and Supervision
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Educational Leadership
- Equity, Diversity, and Language Education
- Human Development and Family Science
- Information Technology in Education
- Literacy Studies
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education
- Special Education and Disability Studies
The Ph.D. program in Education prepares graduates for careers in advanced professional practice, research or scholarly inquiry, and teaching at the college level. The Ph.D. program leads to both a broad and a deep scholarly knowledge, with an emphasis on the production of new knowledge within the profession.
In addition, the college offers a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree geared to the advanced practicing professional. The emphasis of the Ed.D. is limited to educational leadership with a focus on the challenges of school and higher education reform.
Counselor Education and Supervision
Kristina DePue, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
Curriculum and Instruction
Jennifer Mahon, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
Jafeth Sanchez, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
Equity, Diversity, and Language Education
Lynda Wiest, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
Human Development and Family Science
Lydia DeFlorio, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
Information Technology in Education
Leping Liu, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
Dianna Townsend, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education
Teruni Lamberg, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
Special Education and Disability Studies
Shanon Taylor, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes
The Ph.D. program in Education prepares you at an advanced level to work in the professorial ranks of higher education or assume positions of leadership in schools and agencies. The degree provides rich preparation by exposing you to a wide variety of courses and experiences related to fundamental theories and concepts associated with education, as well as current issues and trends in diversity, technology, and counseling. Strengths of the program lie in the opportunity for you to be exposed to a variety of courses and to faculty members in the College of Education and the University, while having a defined area of emphasis for your study. the Ph.D. program leads to both a broad and a deep scholarly knowledge, with an emphasis on the production of new knowledge within the profession.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will complete a research proposal that includes a complete methods section tailored to the design chosen.
- Students will conduct and explain an original research study that demonstrates their understanding of research methods and the appropriate data analysis.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to read and critically analyze research studies and trends in their emphasis area as demonstrated by successful completion of the dissertation.
- Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral students have additional student learning outcomes described in the Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Student Handbook.
Applicants for the doctoral degrees must meet the general university requirements for admission, Graduate School requirements for admission, as well as those for the College of Education and Human Development and their program requirements.
Each applicant must satisfy the regular graduate admission requirements listed for doctoral programs and the following special requirements:
- The COEHD recommends, but does not require, that you have at least three years of relevant professional field experience by the time you finish your degree. This may be three years of work experience related to the area of emphasis prior to admission, three years of related work experience while in the doctoral program, or some combination thereof.
- Preference will be given to applicants who hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in an area appropriately related to the chosen emphasis area. Areas of emphasis of prior degrees should be appropriately related to the chosen emphasis area.
- The GRE is waived for all programs except Counselor Education and Supervision where it is preferred for the program. Scores in Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing are each considered by the Counselor Education and Supervision review committees. Although high scores are expected in all three areas, particular emphasis is placed on the Analytical Writing subtest.
- Attain recommendation by the graduate faculty of the area of emphasis and gain approval of the doctoral admissions committee.
- At least one faculty member in the area of emphasis must be willing to serve as temporary chair of the applicant’s committee.
- Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral students have additional admission requirements including a preference for GRE scores, as are explained in the Counselor Education Doctoral Student Handbook.
NOTE: Additional requirements may be required for each emphasis. Please contact the Program Director for more information.
I. Program Requirements
The standard doctorate graduate regulations apply with the following modifications:
Full-Time Study: Doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) students must complete a two-semester residency consisting of successive semesters, excluding summer, of at least nine credits each semester. Residency requirements must be satisfied after admission to the doctoral program.
Program: The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 72 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, including a minimum of 12 credits of dissertation, with the exception of Counselor Education and Supervision (which requires 96 credits). A Ph.D. program may include up to 24 credits earned as part of the master’s degree. The student’s committee makes the determination of which credits, if any, can be brought in from the master’s degree based on the relevance of the coursework. If the master’s degree is not relevant to the doctoral emphasis area, it is possible that no credits may be brought in, especially for those programs where the minimum is 72 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree. In addition to these credits earned at the master’s degree level which may be included in doctoral programs of study, a maximum of 16 relevant credits in an accredited post-master’s degree program or licensure program may be applied to approved Ph.D. program.
A maximum of six graduate credits of S/U grades may apply toward the doctor of education or the doctor of philosophy degree. In preparation for the dissertation, all doctoral students must complete a required sequence of core, research, and statistics courses, including 21 hours for the Ph.D.
Dissertation: The dissertation must involve empirical study of a professional problem.
Foreign Language : There is no foreign language requirement.
Fees: All course credits are assessed at the regular fee schedule in effect at the time of registration.
A. Core Courses (21 units)
Required of all emphases (9 units)
Research Electives (12 units)
Counselor Education and Supervision (96 units minimum beyond the baccalaureate degree)
In order to meet the accreditation standards for the Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral strand, all students are required to complete the following:
Curriculum and Instruction (72 units minimum beyond the baccalaureate degree)
This emphasis area is for students interested in developing expertise in teaching and teacher education, curricular development and implementation, subject specific areas (e.g., English, social studies, science, mathematics, and other areas), and/or issues in pre-K through college education. Courses will be selected from the student’s area of focus and can address any of the following areas:
- Curriculum development
- Discipline specific courses
- Teacher education
- Theory and pedagogy
Educational Leadership (72 units minimum beyond the baccalaureate degree)
Each student is required to complete a course in the following areas:
- School Law
- Organizational Theory
Equity, Diversity, & Language Education (72 units minimum beyond the baccalaureate degree)
Students will focus on equity and diversity in education, or language education, or a combination of the two and will plan courses with their advisor and committee accordingly.
Human Development and Family Science (72 units minimum beyond the baccalaureate degree)
This emphasis area provides students with a strong foundation in developmental, interpersonal, and family theories, in-depth research skills and expertise, and builds in-depth knowledge in a content area chosen by the student in consultation with their advisor. The Ph.D. emphasis in HDFS is designed to prepare students for academic positions in departments of Human Development and Family Science or equivalent advanced positions.
All HDFS emphasis area students must take the following courses (24 credits)
Information Technology in Education (72 units minimum beyond the baccalaureate degree)
Each student is required to take the core for the emphasis:
Note: The CEP prefix will be changed to the ITLD prefix (Instructional Technology and Learning Design) for all courses in the Information Technology in Education program.
Developmental Course (3 units)
Learning Theory Course (3 units)
Information Technology Courses (18 units)
Literacy Studies (72 units minimum beyond the baccalaureate degree)
Doctoral students in the Literacy strand are required to have a minimum of 15 credits of Literacy coursework in their doctoral program of study. These courses can be taken during their doctoral work and/or can be brought into the program from previous graduate work. Possible courses include, but are not limited to:
Optional Course (9-12 units)
Units to support content knowledge or research.
Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Education (72 units minimum beyond the baccalaureate degree)
Each student is required to take one of the the following courses:
Special Education and Disabilities Studies (72 units minimum beyond the baccalaureate degree)
Each student is required to complete a minimum of one assessment course and one methods course as well as a seminar course. The specific assessment and methods courses to be completed are determined by the area being emphasized by the student.
Assessment Courses (3 units)
C. Additional Coursework
Additional courses will be determined by the student’s advisor and committee and will be based on the student’s focus in the specific emphasis area as well as aligned with student’s needs.
II. Total Units
The doctor of philosophy degree program (Ph.D.) includes a minimum of 72 units beyond the baccalaureate degree, including a minimum of 12 units of dissertation, with the exception of Counselor Education and Supervision, which requires a minimum of 96 units beyond the baccalaureate degree.
Degree candidates should consult the college website for more information.