Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Ph.D. in History, Philosophy, and Policy in Education-Specialization in History of Education

Degree Requirements (90 cr.)

Major Requirements (36 cr.)
Core Courses (12 cr.)
  • H504 History of American Education (3 cr.)
  • H530 Historical Inquiry in Education (3 cr.)
  • H601 Historical Inquiry in Education (3 cr.)
  • H637 Topical Seminar in History of Education (3 cr.)
Additional Courses in Major (18 cr.)

Chosen with advisory committee.

Inquiry Linkage and Early Inquiry Experience in the Major (6 cr.)

At least 6 credit hours must be in inquiry linkage courses, including an early inquiry experience. Your advisory committee must review and approve at least one of your papers produced in the Inquiry Seminar to assist in the faculty's assessment of your progress in the research program. The major program allows for tutorial or independent study, which enables you to deepen your knowledge in areas of special interest or explore a complementary topic.

Inquiry Requirements (9 cr.)

The inquiry core includes a survey course in research methodologies and beginning courses in statistics, measurement, program evaluation, or in ethnographic, qualitative, quantitative, and historical research methods. This requirement is designed to ensure that you acquire the general skills of historical inquiry and the specific skills necessary for inquiry in the history of education. At least three courses must be selected outside the major and approved by your advisory committee. A list of approved inquiry courses may be found at:

Minor Requirements (12 cr.)

The minor must have integrity in its own right and must complement the major. The minor field must demonstrate wholeness within itself and contribute to the student's overall doctoral program. Minors are normally formulated within a single program area. However, an interdisciplinary or individualized minor is also possible. Interdisciplinary or individualized minors require a written description of the minor's underlying theme along with a rationale for each course's contribution to that theme through the Minor Justification form. This form should be submitted and approved by the Graduate Studies Office prior to enrolling in the minor courses. Major area courses may not be used in the minor.

Elective or Second Minor Requirements (6-18 cr.)

A minimum of 6 credits hours of electives must be taken, although you may exceed that total up to 18 credits with the approval of the advisory committee. You may choose a second minor field, which requires a minimum of 12 hours.  All electives and courses for a second minor must be approved by the advisory committee.

Dissertation Requirements (15 cr.)
  • H795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation (3 cr.)
  • H799 Doctoral Thesis in History of Philosophy of Education (12 cr.)           

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