Designated Emphasis in Education

The Designated Emphasis in Education enables doctoral students in other departments to pursue interests in education and obtain formal certification of a “minor” level of competence in the field of education. The requirements for obtaining a Designated Emphasis in Education are the following:

  1. Obtain a designated graduate adviser from the faculty in education. This adviser will be in addition to the graduate adviser from the student’s home department. The education adviser must serve on the student’s qualifying examination committee and, as appropriate, may also serve on the student’s dissertation committee.

  2. Complete at least two of the following three core courses in education:

    • EDUC 261, Thinking, Learning, and Teaching

    • EDUC 262, Social and Cultural Context of Education

    • EDUC 263, Foundations of Educational Reform

  3. Complete additional courses as needed to total five graduate courses in education, no more than one of which may be a directed readings course (Independent Studies). Courses must be approved by the student’s graduate adviser in education. Courses in other departments focused on education may be approved by petition to the Education Department’s Doctoral Programs Committee.

  4. Prepare a significant piece of writing in some area of education. This writing may take the form of a substantial position paper (seminar paper, QE paper, dissertation chapter, master’s thesis) grounded in the literature of educational research, as determined by the graduate adviser in education.

Education is an institutional field in which scholars from a wide variety of disciplines—including sociology, psychology, politics, economics, mathematics and science—have scholarly interests. A Designated Emphasis in Education enables graduate students from other departments to ground their work in theory and research on important issues in education.

The Education Department’s core courses, EDUC 261 and 262, are offered every year; and EDUC 263 is offered biennially. The department typically offers six doctoral courses during each year across five concentrations: language, literacy, and culture; teachers and teacher development; mathematics and science education; learning and teaching, and social and cultural contexts of education. The Education Department annually admits 7-10 Ph.D. students, leaving adequate room for doctoral students from other departments to take courses in education.

See the Education Department for more information.