Education, Ph.D.
(Policy, Leadership and School Improvement)

Program of Studies

The following shows a program of studies plan with requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Policy, Leadership and School Improvement program consists of at least 54 hours of coursework excluding dissertation credits.

 

Fall, First Year

EDUC 867 Issues in Educational Policy and Research 3 hrs
EDUC 817 Introduction to Educational Research1 3 hrs
EDUC 930 Economics of Education 3 hrs
EDUC 805A Professional Seminar I 3 hrs

Spring, First Year

EDUC 784 Statistical Analysis of Educational Data II/Applications of GLM 3 hrs
EDUC 801 Doctoral Level Research Design 3 hrs
EDUC 866 Policy to Practice 3 hrs

Fall, Second Year

EDUC 830 Field Techniques in Educational Research2 3 hrs
EDUC 931 School Law and Policy 3 hrs
EDUC 902 Sociology of School Improvement 3 hrs

**Plus Doctoral Policy Elective

Spring, Second Year

EDUC 832 Educational Politics and Policy 3 hrs
EDUC 885 Secondary Data Analysis 3 hrs
EDUC 932 Policy Development in Education 3 hrs

Fall, Third Year

EDUC 966 Advanced Mixed Methods (prereq 784 and 981) 3 hrs
EDUC 785 Program Evaluation in Education 3 hrs
EDUC 934 Leadership for School Improvement and Reform 3 hrs

Spring, Third Year

EDUC XXX Advanced Doctoral Research Elective 3 hrs
EDUC XXX Doctoral Policy Elective 3 hrs
EDUC XXX Doctoral Policy Elective 3 hrs

Fourth Year and Beyond

  Comprehensive Exams
EDUC 994 Dissertation Credits until completion of degree (minimum of six credit hours) 6 hrs

1 Should be taken prior to entry if possible and will not count toward PhD degree completion.  If this course is needed, student will not take EDUC 782 during this semester. 

2 Should be taken prior to entry if possible and will not count toward PhD degree completion.  If this course is needed, student will not take EDUC 782 during this semester.

Advanced Research Electives

EDUC 783 Applied Measurement Theory for Education 3 hrs
EDUC 883 Case Study Methods 3 hrs
EDUC 884 Statistical Analysis of Educational Data III 3 hrs
EDUC 888 Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling 3 hrs
EDUC 868 Advanced Qualitative Analysis and Interpretation 3 hrs
EDUC 967 Single Case Design 3 hrs

Policy, Leadership and School Improvement Electives (within the School of Education)

EDUC 758 Immigration and Education 3 hrs
EDUC 769 Schooling of Latinos 3 hrs
EDUC 774 Social and Educational History of the United States 3 hrs
EDUC 776 Gender, Race and Class Issues in Education 3 hrs
EDUC 805B Professional Seminar II 3 hrs
EDUC 972 Critical Race Theory 3 hrs
EDUC 933 Education Policy Doctoral Seminar 3 hrs
Or any of the Advanced Research Electives above

Policy, Leadership and School Improvement Electives (outside of the School of Education)

Suggested departments from which such electives can be chosen are Public Policy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology.  Courses must be approved in advance by the student’s Program of Studies committee in order to assure acceptance toward the degree. 

Note:  It is expected that students will come into the PhD program having successfully completed the following three courses.  If not taken at the School of Education, equivalency has to be approved by the student’s Program of Studies committee

  • Introduction to  Research in Education/Research Design I
  • Introduction to Statistics (Inference)
  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods/Field Techniques 
A student will not be denied admission for not having had these courses.  If a student has not taken these courses prior to enrolling, s/he should plan to take them early in the program.  However, these courses will not count towards the 54 credit hour course requirement.  It is strongly recommended that students admitted without Introduction to Statistics take this course during the summer preceding the Fall in which s/he will enroll.