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Education - Doctor of Philosophy
The Ph.D. in Education is designed to engender a broad understanding of the field of education by encouraging focused scholarly inquiry grounded in the reality of educational practice. Professors and students work to place educational issues in a philosophical and socio-cultural context; this collaboration sometimes moves beyond the boundaries of the University into local schools and into national and international settings. This program enrolls full-time and part-time students.
The Ph.D. in Education provides students with the experience for distinguished leadership in a variety of settings. Specialization areas include:
- Curriculum and Instruction/Teacher Education. Students who specialize in Curriculum and Instruction/Teacher Education are interested in teacher development at all levels of schooling, ranging from early childhood to adulthood.
- Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Students who choose the specialization in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies are usually interested in the administration of educational units such as schools, colleges, and universities, school districts, state departments of education, and nonprofit organizations.
- Experiential Education/Outdoor Education. The Experiential Education/Outdoor Education specialization is selected by those interested in the fields of adventure programming and experiential education in schools and other educational settings.
- Children and Youth in Communities. Students who choose the Children and Youth in Communities specialization study the social, cultural, psychological, physical, emotional and academic experiences of children and youth in local, national, and global contexts.
Graduates of the Ph.D. in Education program hold positions as college and university faculty, educational administrators (in schools, colleges, and universities), educational researchers, curriculum coordinators, and classroom teachers, to name a few.
Specialties and scholarly pursuits of faculty in the Department of Education are diverse. Brief faculty profiles can be found on the Education Department web site at http://cola.unh.edu/faculty/education.
An individual program of study is planned by the student and her or his guidance committee. Each student’s program includes:
- Required core courses (5 to 7 courses, depending on prior coursework)
- Specialization courses (usually 5)
- Integrative coursework (two advanced education courses or courses taken in another department)
- A qualifying exam: After completing at least two-thirds of their coursework, students may take the qualifying examination. The examination is a written exam to be developed, supervised, and evaluated by the student’s guidance committee. The qualifying examination is used to evaluate the student’s general knowledge in relevant areas of inquiry, and his or her fitness for engaging in research, particularly in the subject proposed for the dissertation.
After passing the qualifying exam, the student advances to candidacy and establishes a dissertation committee. Under the guidance of the dissertation committee, the student:
- develops an approved dissertation proposal
- writes the dissertation
- defends the dissertation in a public forum.
Within this framework, individual programs are guided largely by the student’s own interests and goals. Students are encouraged to engage in research activities or focused inquiry early in their programs. Typically students complete 52 to 64 hours in graduate coursework following their matriculation. These hours do not include doctoral research (EDUC 999).