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 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)
Slide 2 December graduate Yuima Mizutani explores what ‘home’ means to third culture kids
Yuima Mizutani defended her dissertation, “Searching for a ‘Home’: Examining the Experiences of Confucius Asian College Students with Third Culture Kid Backgrounds,” and will graduate from UMSL this month with a PhD in counseling. Mizutani’s dissertation focused on how third culture kids from Asian countries with Confucian traditions develop a sense of belonging in college. (Photo by August Jennewein)
Slide 3 Sharonica Hardin-Bartley works to close opportunity gaps at University City schools
Alumna Sharonica Hardin-Bartley, superintendent of the School District of University City, strives to advance social justice and racial equity by giving students a voice. (Photo by August Jennewein)