The PhD in Education program is designed for individuals with a commitment to applying a multidisciplinary view of theory and research. School of Educational Studies (SES) students are as diverse as the programs they design. They are, in general, mature professionals who bring a wealth of personal and professional experience to their studies, as well as a commitment to scholarly endeavors.
SES's diverse and experienced student body is comprised mainly of education professionals. Study is based on a multidisciplinary view of theory and research, and a commitment to developing educational environments that are just, relevant, and rigorous. Collectively the faculty is knowledgeable and grounded in education as well as sociology, cultural studies, philosophy, psychology, law, gender/sexuality studies, politics, religion, and literature.
The SES faculty support students in meeting their goals by:
- Assisting students in designing their own PhD in Education program
- Encouraging students to work with faculty to develop programs tailored to their particular backgrounds, interests, and future goals
- Facilitating the combination of education courses with disciplines outside of education
PhD in Education
Students in the PhD in Education program may choose from the following emphases:
- 72 semester units (minimum) of course work, including the Pro-Seminar course, two research tool courses, a transdisciplinary course, and the Capstone Seminar course (20 semester units may be transferred from prior graduate work)
- Two written qualifying examinations
- A qualifying oral examination
- A dissertation proposal meeting
- A written dissertation
- A final oral defense of the dissertation