Graduate study in the School of Education is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to master and critically analyze scholarship in the field of education and, particularly at the PhD level, to contribute to that scholarship. Students work with a collaborative faculty whose members combine nationally and internationally recognized senior scholars with a cadre of energetic upandcoming junior scholars and whose overall scholarly productivity is among the top 20 of U.S. schools and colleges of education. The faculty share a commitment to two broad principles that unite graduate study across the school’s program areas: 1) evidencebased policy and practice, and 2) democracy, diversity and social justice.
Graduate MA and PhD programs are available in four general areas in the School of Education: Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI); Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity (EECD); Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice (EFPP); and Educational and Psychological Studies (EPSY). A PhD program is available in Research and Evaluation Methodology (REME). A joint PhD program is available in Educational Psychology and Learning Sciences and the Institute of Cognitive Science. Graduate programs combining the MA and teacher licensure are also available.
The PhD in Research and Evaluation Methodology offers a way to combine interests in the social sciences with advanced training in research methods. Students from various disciplines who wish to pursue a research career with specific focus on educational and social problems are encouraged to apply. Course work closely resembles PhDlevel work in cultural anthropology, quantitative psychology, quantitative sociology or policy analysis. Relevant undergraduate degrees include anthropology, applied statistics, computer science, education, history, mathematics, psychology, political science and sociology.
Graduates of the program are wellqualified for positions in university teaching and research; research, evaluation and testing in state departments of education and large school districts; research and policy analysis; measurement and statistical analysis for testing organizations; and consultation for government and education agencies.