Ph.D. - Educational Studies

The doctoral program in Educational Studies is committed to preparing a new generation of researchers, educators, and leaders by engaging them in critical inquiry of educational issues and needs germane to the large cities of the 21st century. Education of new scholars capitalizes on the cultural richness of urban Detroit and its suburbs. Consistent with contemporary understandings of knowledge development and learning sciences, professional educators study the art and craft of constructing learning sequences, teaching and learning modules, assessments, and professional development models and materials. Educational tools and intellectually stimulating empathetic environments are provided to facilitate conceptual understanding, defensible practices, and learning dispositions. Conducting innovative research centered in and informed by theory and practice is endowed with intellectual merit and is intended to have a broad impact on teaching and learning.

The doctoral program adopts an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, acknowledging the relationship among the learner, the learning, and the learning environment and the consequences this approach has for educational theory, policy, and practice. The program emphasizes the interrelationship between cultural/linguistic diversity and learning and utilizes learners' experiences in curriculum studies. The socio-cultural context of learning in the educative process promotes equity and excellence within larger political and institutional settings. The important frames guiding the doctoral study are the integration of theory and research; the importance of reflection in learning; the role of gender, race, ethnicity, culture, and class as social constructions, which profoundly impact and inform teaching and learning; and the establishment of collaborative partnerships for community-based research. The doctoral program provides a forum that brings together the latest academic and policy discussions, and promotes critical inquiry, discourse, and debate, on the often complex interconnections in education.

The cohort model of this program is designed to support students by providing opportunities for socialization into doctoral studies and research, mentorship from nationally and internationally recognized scholars, and collaboration with peers and faculty members from across concentration areas. This program offers opportunities for students to experience program-, division-, and college-level committees; engage in teaching internships, and conduct, document, and publish research in collaboration with faculty.

Choice of Concentration

At the time of application, you should select an area of concentration. The options are:

  • Curriculum and Critical Social Inquiry
  • Reading, Literacy, and Literature
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Application Requirements

  • Undergraduate GPA - 3.00; Graduate GPA - 3.30
  • Formal Letter of Application
  • Academic Writing Sample (Note: Instructions on the application)
  • Autobiographical Statement (cover sheet and narrative)
  • Letters of recommendation: 2 academic and 1 professional (Note: Submitted through application process)
  • $50.00 application fee (Note: Fee is waived for WSU graduates)
  • Deadline to apply: January 15, 2020 for the Fall 2020 semester

Doctoral Application Deadlines and Completion of all Required Materials

  • Admission decisions are made once per year for the doctoral program. All application materials must be completed and submitted by the above date for fall admission in the following academic year.

Ph.D. in Educational Studies Handbook

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