Ph.D. in Education
The School of Education offers a Ph.D. in Education with several areas of emphasis. For a list of areas of emphasis please see the Degrees and Programs offered in our Division of Higher Education and Division of Teaching, Learning, Leadership and Policy.
The Iowa State University School of Education Ph.D. in Education is bound by a commitment to preparing graduates who engage in methodologically rigorous, substantively rich, and socially meaningful work in the field of education. This document outlines the milestones in the Ph.D. program in Education and situates these in the process of pursuing the degree. It is intended to provide guidance to doctoral students and School of Education faculty.
The Ph.D. program is designed to offer students both the rigorous methodological preparation required to undertake educational inquiry at the highest levels and the flexibility for students to work with their Program of Study Committees (POSCs) to pursue coursework and experiences that support the students’ individual research interests and professional paths.
The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 72 credits.
Ph.D. Coursework Requirements
There are four levels of coursework requirements:
- School of Education Requirements
- Division Requirements
- Area of Emphasis Requirements
- Program of Study Committee Requirements
School of Education Requirements for Students Entering Fall 2017
In addition to these core requirements, students may also have division requirements.
All Ph.D. students are required to take a course in the Foundations of Educational Inquiry that introduces students to the landscape of the field of education with particular emphasis on the philosophy of educational inquiry:
- C I 601: Foundations of Educational Inquiry (3 credits)
- ELPS 601X: Foundations of Educational Inquiry (3 credits) (this is only available to students in the Thursday/Friday course delivery format)
Additionally, all Ph.D. students in the School of Education are required to take a core set of research methods courses:
- RESEV 603X: Foundations of Qualitative Inquiry in Education (3 credits)
- One course in quantitative methods
- One additional research methods course
All other coursework is determined in consultation with the student’s POS Committee. While not required, all students are strongly encouraged to take coursework outside the School of Education.
At this time, neither Division has specific Division-level requirements. This may change as faculty discusses the possibility of such requirements during the 2016-2017 academic year. Students are bound by the requirements that exist at the time of the student's start date. Thus, if the SOE approves new requirements in Spring 2017, those new requirements would go into effect for all students who start their degree in Fall 2017.
Area of Emphasis Requirements
At this time, only the emphases in Community College and Higher Education within the Division of Higher Education have specific area of emphasis requirements. Please see individual area of emphasis pages for details.
During the 2016-2017 academic year, the Division of Teaching, Learning, Leadership and Policy may discuss specific area of emphasis requirements. Students are bound by the requirements that exist at the time of the student's start date. Thus, if the SOE approves new requirements in Spring 2017, those new requirements would go into effect for all students who start their degree in Fall 2017.
Program of Study Committee Requirements
All coursework in addition to the School, Division, and Area requirements will be determined in consultation with the student's Program of Study Committee. It is strongly recommended that students take courses outside the School of Education.