Doctorate in Social Studies Education
Program Code: PH6224
The Ph.D. program in Social Studies Education is built on a common foundation of learning theory, the social and cultural contexts of school education, curriculum and instruction theory, the moral and ethical dimensions of leadership, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. It is expected that all students completing a doctoral degree in Social Studies Education will demonstrate knowledge and skills in a common core of competencies plus an area of specialization and successfully complete a dissertation. For each individual scholar, coursework serves as the basis for investigating a significant educational issue that will advance the field of Social Studies Education and prepare him or her for future research. Every student in the Ph.D. program in Social Studies Education has the opportunity to construct a highly individualized program based on his or her career goals. Specializations are available based on the expertise of doctoral faculty.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in a common core of competencies and in the field of Social Studies Education
- Be prepared to accept a university faculty position or other leadership role in the field of Social Studies Education.
The Social Studies doctoral program requires a minimum of 50 semester hours plus dissertation (minimum of 10 semester hours). It is expected that all students completing a doctoral degree in the Department of Teacher Education will demonstrate a common core for all the students at the doctoral level. For more information, check out course details in the Graduate Catalog.
Minimum Total Credits: 64 semester credit hours including dissertation
Foundations Core: minimum 5 semester hours
- EDTE 8900 First-Year Doctoral Seminar (1 credit)
- A graduate level graduate level course (5000 level or above) focused on critical studies chosen in consultation with doctoral committee
Teaching & Learning Core: minimum 15 semester hours
- EDTE 7150 Theories of Curriculum Change (3 credits)
- EDTE 7160 Theories of Instructional Change (3 credits)
- EDTE 7920 Curriculum and Instruction Practicum (6 credits)
- EDTE 8000 Advanced Dynamics of Human Learning (3 credits)
Research Core: minimum 18 semester hours
- EDRE 7200 Educational Statistics (4 credits)
- EDRE 7330 Research Design in Education (4 credits)
- EDRE 7500 Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Education (4 credits)
- EDTE 8040 Writing for Professional Publication in Education (3 credits)
- One additional graduate-level research course chosen in consultation with student’s doctoral committee
Specialization: minimum 20 semester hours
- EDTE 5510/L Programs and Practices in Elementary Social Studies – Practicum
- EDTE 6980/L Teaching Social Studies in Junior and Senior High
- EDTE 7500 Inquiry and Value Clarification in Social Studies
- EDTE 8500 Seminar in Social Studies Education: Curriculum
- EDTE 8510 Seminar in Social Studies Education: Program Analysis
In consultation with the chair of your doctoral committee, a minimum of three graduate courses must be earned in one of the content areas listed below.
- Political Science
Dissertation: minimum 10 semester hours
It is expected that all candidates completing a doctoral degree in the Department of Teacher Education will propose, conduct, and prepare a comprehensive written report of an individually designed research study addressing a significant educational issue that will advance the field of social studies education and will prepare the scholar for future research.
- Departmental Funding Options (click on the Teacher Ed tab below the video)
- Graduate College Funding Options