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The PhD in Education with a concentration in K12 Education & Equity prepares forward-thinking educators who focus upon the important roles schools play to support our diverse communities.

As a student in this program, you may aspire to be university faculty whose area of expertise and research centers on issues related to schools, school age children, the intersectionality among child/family/schooling/community, teaching/learning theories, institutional and organizational structures, theories and examples of change and reform, teacher effectiveness and/or preparation, indicators of wellness and success post-K12 and college/career readiness, specific populations (English learners, first generation students, undocumented youth, etc.), school/district/state/federal policies, and the impact of education.

The School of Educational Studies understands education through a lens of educational equity and social justice. We believe that while colleges and universities are a microcosm of society itself (where biases and oppression can and do play out), they can also simultaneously be agents of change that disrupt historical discrimination and advance practices and ideologies rooted in individual and community wellbeing.

Program Highlights

Program at a Glance

72 units

4-7 years (depending upon full- or part-time status)

*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring | Summer

PhD in Education

Featured Courses

EDUC 435
Sociology of Education

Introduces key theories in studying sociocultural contexts in education, including social organization of schooling, social capital, cultural capital, and life course theories. Topics of this course cover the entire span of a student’s academic career, from preschool to postsecondary education.

EDUC 500
Inequities in PK-12 Education

Examines the causes, patterns, trends, and consequences of educational inequalities at the pre-kindergarten to high school levels (PK-12) such as achievement gaps, school segregation, and curriculum differentiation.

EDUC 667
Research & Theory on Effective Schools & Teachers

Examines the literature on school and teacher effectiveness particularly as it relates to academically vulnerable children, adolescents, and young adults, as well as studying the history and current status of the achievement gap by race, language, and economic status.

EDUC 424
Gender & Education

Examines the historical and current debate surrounding the historical impact of gender on education—in particular the role of race, ethnicity, immigrant status, religion, sexual orientation, and social class.

EDUC 501
The Future of Education

Explores the challenging and complex (otherwise known as “wicked”) problems within the context of emerging and future trends in P-12 schooling.

Program Features

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