COE: Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)
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The Ph.D. degree in Education is designed for educators who desire a directed research experience that promotes 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.

Student Support Specialist:

Alexandra Gresick

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

Deadline to Apply:
Fall - December 1st


Slide 1 Counseling PhD student Monica Phelps-Pineda wins minority fellowship award
Monica Phelps-Pineda won the National Board of Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Award, which included a $20,000 prize. The award will help Phelps-Pineda with her goal of securing a faculty position in a CACREP-accredited counseling program, where she intends to apply a “very necessary social justice lens” to counseling, education, dialogue and practice. It will also help her as she continues her doctoral research on multicultural counseling supervision. (Photo Courtesy of Brittany Ruess)
Slide 2 Counseling PhD student Zori Paul wins minority fellowship award
Zori Paul won the National Board of Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Award, which included a $20,000 prize to support her PhD research on identity affirmation of bisexual+ women of color. Paul has also studied cross-cultural mentorship and investigated the efficacy of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy through an assistantship with Dr. Joan Luby of Washington University in St. Louis. (Photo courtesy of Zori Paul)
Slide 3 Nikki Hurless wins ACES scholarship for counseling PhD research
Nikki Hurless received the 2020-2021 ACES Graduate Student Scholarship for her dissertation research on the role personal histories of trauma play in relationships between counselor trainees and clinical supervisors. Hurless hopes the research will inform how mental health professionals are trained and how supervision is structured. (Photo by August Jennewein)