Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)

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The Ph.D. degree in education, offered in cooperation with the School of Education at the University of Missouri- Kansas City and the College of Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia, is designed for educators who desire directed research experience promoting scholarly inquiry in education.

The Ph.D. program is designed for graduates to attain the following learning outcomes:

  • Understand the major theories in their primary and secondary disciplines.
  • Attain a breadth of knowledge in education in general and a depth of knowledge in the primary discipline.
  • Think critically.
  • Locate literature in the primary and secondary disciplines.
  • Understand research methods in education.
  • Conduct research.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and attributes.

First-Semester Enrollment:

Education Academic Program Office

127 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
(314) 516-5483
gradeduc@umsl.edu

Hours:
mon-fri: 8a - 4:30p

Deadline to Apply (Counseling):
Fall - December 1
Other emphases:
Fall - March 1
Spring - October 1

Admission and General Requirements

In addition to meeting the application and admissions requirements of the Graduate School, students must submit: 

  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two from individuals with earned doctorates, preferably prior instructors). 
  • An original essay. 
  • A professional resume. 
  • Evidence of above-average academic records. 
  • GRE scores.

Admission is competitive, and a favorable vote of an admission interview committee, composed of faculty in the emphasis area, is required.

Admission Application

To ensure time for review and decision, applicants must complete the Graduate School’s and program applications and submit accompanying materials in a timely manner. In addition, applicants are urged to request transcripts and letters or recommendation two weeks before completing the online application. Consideration of applications cannot be undertaken until all materials are available. The deadline for applying to the Counseling emphasis is December 1st. Applicants for the other options are considered twice per year with application deadlines of October 1st and March 1st. 

Degree Requirements

1. Foundations9-12
Philosophical, historical, psychological, sociological, anthropological, and comparative foundations of education, as well as curriculum, instruction, and supervision.
2. Research Methods15-18
Students in the Teaching-Learning Processes, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Educational Psychology emphasis areas should complete the following or equivalent in order:
ED REM 6735
Statistical Analysis For Education Research (Prerequisite)
ED REM 6750
Advanced Research Design In Education
Plus any three methods courses from the following:
ED REM 7771
Quantitative Research Methods I
ED REM 7772
Quantitative Research Methods II
ED REM 7781
Qualitative Methods In Educational Research I
ED REM 7782
Qualitative Methods In Educational Research II
This sequence totals 15 hours of methods courses. Remaining hours can be completed with other ED REM courses numbered 6000 or higher or research courses in another curriculum.
For Ph.D. students in the Counseling emphasis area, the recommended sequence is:
ED REM 6710
Educational Research Methods and Design
ED REM 7771
Quantitative Research Methods I
ED REM 7772
Quantitative Research Methods II
ED REM 7781
Qualitative Methods In Educational Research I
ED REM 7782
Qualitative Methods In Educational Research II
3. Emphasis Area (Primary Discipline) courses27-33
with at least 16 in residence, in one of the following areas:
A. Teaching-Learning Processes
Minimum 15 credit hours in cognate area
Minimum 3 credit hours in curriculum or instruction
Minimum 3 credit hours in educational psychology
B. Educational Leadership and Policiy Studies
Minimum 21 hours in educational leadership, either in K-12, higher education, work, adult or community education settings, selected in consultation with the faculty advisor and advisory committee.
C. Educational Psychology
Minimum of 21 credit hours in educational psychology. Program may include courses in research and evaluation methods, school psychology, developmental psychology, cognition and learning, character education, and socio-cultural theory. Courses in the primary discipline will be selected in consultation with the faculty advisor and advisory committee.
D. Counseling
CNS ED 6030
Foundations for Multicultural Counseling
CNS ED 6040
Group Procedures in Counseling
CNS ED 6050
Individual Inventory
CNS ED 6370
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum I
or CNS ED 6270
School Counseling Practicum
CNS ED 6380
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Field Experience
CNS ED 6400
Career Information and Development
CNS ED 6410
Advanced Career Development
CNS ED 7000
Advanced Theories And Foundations Of Counseling Psychology
CNS ED 7010
Advanced Multicultural Counseling
CNS ED 7020
Seminar In Counseling Research
CNS ED 7030
Counselor Education And Supervision
CNS ED 7770
Doctoral Practicum
Additionally, all students should complete:
CNS ED 7780
Doctoral Internship
a secondary discipline in ED PSY consisting of at least:
ED PSY 6310
Psychology Of Learning Processes
ED PSY 6113
Psychopathology And Diagnosis
ED REM 6718
Psychoeducational Assessment And Intervention
4. Related (Secondary Discipline) Courses, 12-15 hours, in education or another department.
5. Required Exit course
EDUC 7950Research Process II: Developing & Refining Ed Research Proposals3
6. Research Internship6-9
EDUC 7999Dissertation Research12

Total: Minimum 90 hours, postbaccalaureate