Ph.D. in Education

PhD in Education with Concentration in Urban Education

Students interested in the PhD in Education with a concentration in Urban Education should apply for admission to the PhD in Policy and Organizational Studies with a concentration in Urban Education for the Fall 2018 semester.
The Urban Education concentration of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. provides students with a sophisticated understanding of educational research and methods; the social context of urban education; the intersections between large-scale social forces and urban schools, classrooms, and communities; and educational policy and practice. We focus on training educational researchers who are attuned to the promises and challenges of urban schools, committed to social justice, knowledgeable about current research findings; and skilled in conducting ground-breaking research. Because they share our commitment to creating change as well as generating knowledge, our graduates learn to conduct research that can positively impact scholarship, policy, and practice on a local and national level.
In addition to coursework required of all students in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D., students in the Urban Education concentration take classes on the history of urban education, the urban environment, the relationship between schools and communities, educational policy and school reform, and qualitative and quantitative research methods. Students work closely with their advisors to create individually tailored courses of study that allow them to pursue their interests and identify the unique scholarly contribution they will make. This program is designed for those interested in careers in college or university teaching, research, and policy analysis.

For more information, visit the Urban Education program site.

Program Requirements

Required Course Work

  • College-wide core seminars (6 semester hours)
    • Contemporary Trends in Educational Research (3 semester hours)
    • Epistemology and Method in Educational Research (3 semester hours).
  • College-wide research courses (Minimum 15 semester hours)
  • Disciplinary concentration courses* (12 semester hours: see list below.)
  • Research Apprenticeship (6 semester hours)
  • College-wide elective courses (3-12 semester hours)
  • Culminating Courses (6 semester hours overall; minimum 2 semester hours of ED 9999)
    • Qualifying Exam (ED 9994)
    • Proposal Writing (ED 9998)
    • Dissertation Writing (ED 9999)

Refer to the PhD in Education Program Requirements for details.

*Concentration Courses (12 S.H.)

  • Issues in Urban Education
  • Theory in Urban Education
  • Understanding the Urban Environment
  • The Origins of Urban Education