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Doctor of Philosophy: Education

Whether you wish to reach the highest levels of administrative responsibilities or teach within a postsecondary institution, you could take the first step in realizing your career goal when you enroll in the Doctor of Philosophy in Education program at the University of Arizona Global Campus. Read on for more about this online doctorate.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Which decision-making techniques are best used in educational leadership? What challenges, such as campus safety and program costs, are faced by educational administrators? How is technology integrated into academic settings? These are among the topics you can expect to discuss when you become a student of University of Arizona Global Campus's Doctor of Philosophy in Education. Other topics addressed in the curriculum include learning theories, strategies for addressing cultural and learning diversity in educational settings, instructional design models, curriculum assessment and design processes, and higher education reform practices. Throughout the program, you will build an argument, conduct research, and write and present a dissertation expounding on that argument.

What Are the Prerequisites?

An admissions requirement of this or any PhD program at UAGC is to hold a master's degree from an accredited institution. Strong leadership and assessment skills are essential; as a postsecondary administrator or instructor, you may need to make decisions regarding curriculum or staffing and assess students' performance and abilities. Applicants to the University of Arizona Global Campus should have a high school diploma or GED; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You must earn a total of 59 credits through major coursework, research studies, and a dissertation process. The PhD in Education also requires the completion of three noncredit in-residence weekend workshops.

Major Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
EDU 7000 Learning & Cognition
EDU 7100 History of Education & Social Change
EDU 7120 Transformative Issues & Trends in Education
RES 7105 Scholarly Argument I
EDU 7130 Educational Leadership Theories & Strategies
EDU 7240 Diversity in Education
EDU 8250 Curriculum, Assessment, Design, & Evaluation
EDU 8260 Integrating Technology
RES 7110 Scholarly Argument II
EDU 7220 Educational Leadership: Challenges & Opportunities
RES 7400 Research Design & Methods: Quantitative
RES 7410 Research Design & Methods: Qualitative
EDU 8225 Culture, Curriculum & Learning
EDU 8300 Governance & Politics of Education
EDU 8320 Change in People, Society, Bureaucracies & Institutions

Research Course - Select one of the following courses

Course CodeCourse Title
RES 7415 Advanced Statistics
RES 7440 Advanced Study in Qualitative Research

Capstone and Dissertation Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
DOC 8770 Doctoral Capstone Seminar
RES 8910 Dissertation Planning I
RES 8912 Dissertation Planning II
RES 8990/8992 Dissertation

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Once you have been awarded the PhD in Education, you could be in a position to pursue administrative careers in elementary, middle, high, or postsecondary schools. You could also become academic instructors at a college or university. In administrative roles, you might oversee curriculum development, educational technology integration, student evaluations, teacher performance assessments, school policy development, and policy adherence.

Career titles you are likely to be interested in include:

  • Provost
  • College professor
  • School superintendent
  • Chief learning officer
  • Instructional coordinator