Education, Ph.D


The Ph.D. in Education prepares educational researchers who are trained to interrogate, investigate and meet challenges facing diverse students, leaders and policymakers working from pre K to grade 16 environments.

The UNC program is designed to foster collaboration among faculty and students from diverse disciplines, thus providing the opportunity to develop relevant research agendas. Graduates of the Ph.D. program are prepared for leadership positions in research and teaching at major universities and institutes.

Research Specializations

Students in the Ph.D. in Education enroll in one of five research strands:

Core Courses

The following courses are required for all School of Education Ph.D students

Some of these requirements may be satisfied with strand-specific courses. Use the links above to access the specific Program of Study for each research strand.

These required courses are designed to be foundational courses for the rest of the program. As such, doctoral students should plan to take these required courses in their first, or at latest second, year of coursework.

Course Title Credit Hours
EDUC 710 Statistical Analysis of Educational Data I 3 hrs
EDUC 825 Development and Learning 3 hrs
EDUC 830 Field Techniques in Educational Research 3 hrs
  One advanced research methods, any type
(i.e., quantitative, qualitative, mixed)
EDUC 867 Issues in Ed Policy and Research 3 hrs
EDUC 876 Histories of School and Schooling 3 hrs


A bachelor’s degree is required for application to the Ph.D in Education program. Applicants with Master’s degrees are also encouraged to apply.

For detailed application instructions please visit our Admissions page.