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Pursuing your doctorate is often a daunting prospect. However, once you make the leap to becoming an expert in your area of interest, you will see how exciting the world of research can be and the difference it can make to you and your organization. Our faculty provides you with the support you need to accomplish your goals, learning the research and scholarly practice needed to succeed. In the area of teaching and learning, you are free to explore a diverse realm of topics that support new and transformational instructional practice, connect with people you may not have connected with before both nationally and locally, and take risks to try new innovations based on strong theoretical and conceptual underpinnings.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)

Student Support Specialist:

Alexandra Gresick

203 Education Administration Building (EAB)
p: (314) 516-5107

Deadline to Apply:
December 1st

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The requirements below detail multiple emphases in this program. Keywords have been highlighted to draw your attention to this particular emphasis.

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. A GPA of 3.5 or higher is preferred.
  • GRE scores. Quantitative and verbal scores at or above the 50th percentile are preferred. An analytical writing score of 4.0 or higher is preferred.

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

Degree Program

  • Coursework: A minimum of 60 credit hours is required beyond the Master’s degree, including 6 hours of dissertation research. A minimum of 42 of these hours must be completed in residence. For students who have not completed a Master’s degree, a minimum of 90 hours, postbaccalaureate, is required, including 6 hours of dissertation research (the Graduate School’s residency requirement applies). Students in the Counseling emphasis area complete the following requirements: a minimum 90 hours, postbaccalaureate, including 12 hours of dissertation research (the Graduate School’s residency requirement applies).
  • Dissertation: All students must defend orally a written dissertation proposal to their dissertation committee. A dissertation embodying the results of original research must be accepted by the dissertation committee and the Graduate School.

Admission Application

To ensure time for review and decision, applicants should submit the Graduate School application, college transcripts, and any program-specific materials (e.g. supplemental application, letters of recommendation, etc.) well in advance of the December 1st deadline. Please note that unofficial transcripts can be uploaded with the Graduate School application to expedite admissions decisions; however, official transcripts must be received directly from all prior institutions attended before regular admission to any program will be granted. 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.

Degree Requirements

Students in the Teaching-Learning Processes, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Educational Psychology emphasis areas complete the following requirements.

1. Research Methods15-18
Students in the Teaching –Learning Processes, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Educational Psychology emphasis areas should complete the following research methods courses (or equivalent).
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.
2. Program Area of Study to Develop Discipline Knowledge (as determined by student, advisor, and program)24-26
3. Core courses 10-14
EDUC 7490Directed Readings in the Education Research Literature1-3
EDUC 7050The Research Process I: Framing Research Questions in Education Research3
EDUC 7605Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Educational Practice2
EDUC 7625Building Socially Just and Ethical Educational Communities3
Electives2-4
4. Dissertation Proposal Writing
EDUC 7950Preparation for Writing the Dissertation Proposal1-3
5. Dissertation
EDUC 7999Dissertation Research6
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William C. Kyle, Jr., Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Family Professor of Science Education

Bill Kyle is the E. Desmond Lee Family Professor of Science Education I. He received a BS in Biology from LeMoyne College (Syracuse, NY) and a MS and PhD in Science Education from The University of Iowa. Prior to joining the UM-St. Louis faculty in 1996, Professor Kyle taught middle and high school science in New York and Iowa and between 1982 and 1996 he served as a facul...