COE: Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)
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The COE is currently accepting applications for prospective and current master’s, specialist, and doctoral students interested in a graduate research assistant or graduate teaching assistant position for the Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 academic year. Please submit your application through the Google Form or contact the program representative if you have further questions.

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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 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 2 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)
Slide 3 Jennifer Fisher wins Missouri Art Education Association Art Educator of the Year
Jennifer Fisher teaches undergraduate and graduate art education courses at UMSL and directs a program that combines a BFA with a Missouri teaching certificate in art. While she works to make sure her students have a firm grasp of basic pedagogy, she also tries to instill the importance of empathy in the classroom. (Photo by August Jennewein)