PhD in Education, Curriculum & Instruction
The PhD in Education is designed for graduate students seeking faculty or research positions in higher education or positions within research organizations that require educational research in highly specialized disciplines. Progress through the degree provides students with opportunities to develop specialized disciplinary content and research knowledge along with scholarly experiences that will provide the foundational knowledge and skills required for success as faculty in higher education and in research organizations.
The PhD in Education, with emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction, will prepare students to develop knowledge and conduct research related to six major areas of strength among our existing faculty including: (1) Leadership and Policy Analysis, (2) STEM Education, (3) the K-20 Trajectory, (4) Online and Distance Education Delivery, (5) Pedagogy and Teacher Preparation, and (6) Education Evaluation, Assessment, Research Design and Analysis. Special emphasis in these major research areas will address topics specific to Montana including working with rural communities and Native Americans on state and other educational issues. Graduates of this PhD program in education will be well-positioned to directly and positively affect the data driven culture related to improving the educational systems of Montana and beyond.
After being admitted to the PhD program, the student will be assigned a temporary advisor and should then meet with his/her assigned advisor. Actual courses taken during the initial stage will be based on the student's previous academic work and advisor/committee approval.
The program is designed to be specifically tailored to each doctoral student's related research interest while providing cutting edge knowledge and skills in research and theory.
Program of Study
|Course Number||Course Title||Credits|
|Core Content - 15 credits|
|Required Core Content Courses - 6 credits||6|
|Or approved substitutions|
|Choose: 9 credits from the following:||9|
|Higher Education History and Philosophy|
|Leading Social Justice|
|Ldrshp and Organizational Thry|
|Advanced Educational Psychology|
|Or approved substitutions|
|Curriculum & Instruction Concentration Options - 15 credits||15|
Electives appropriate to area of specialization (Curriculum Design; English Language Arts Education; Social Studies Education; Science Education) & approved by Graduate Advisor.
|Required Research Courses - 18 credits|
|Required: 9 credits||9|
|Educational Statistics II|
|Quantitative Educational Research|
|Qualitative Educational Research|
|Advanced Research Electives - choose 9 credits||9|
|Mixed Methods Research Design in Education|
|Advanced Qualitative Research - Course under development|
|Advanced Quantitative Research|
|Critical Race Theory|
|Indigenous Methodologies in Educational Research|
|Institutional Research and Assessment|
Electives also may be taken that are appropriate to the research area of specialization and approved by the graduate advisor.
|Dissertation - 18 credits|
The PhD requires one year of on campus full-time residency. The residency requirement consists of two consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment (6-9 credits per semester) in PhD coursework.
Each doctoral student's committee must consist of at least four approved members. The majority of the committee should be made up of faculty from the degree-granting department. The chair and one other approved member must be from the Curriculum & Instruction faculty. Two other approved members will be selected based upon their ability to contribute to the student's studies leading up to and through the dissertation research. These two committee members must have academic credentials in the area of the student's program of study and be approved by the Head of the Department of Education and Dean of The Graduate School. For information regarding graduate representatives, please refer to the Graduate School policy.
The student should carefully select his/her chair after thorough conversations with those Curriculum & Instruction faculty members that he/she believes might have an interest in their doctoral research agenda and/or the ability to work with them toward generating a defensible dissertation. The chair will give leadership and approval regarding the balance of the committee's potential membership. The committee, as a whole, is subject to the approval of the Head of the Department of Education. The chair will facilitate program approval, comprehensive exam planning and clarification, proposal hearing, and dissertation defense. Chairs and members of a student's committee are subject to change. Revision to the program of study can be made during the course of study with the chair's approval.
As PhD students in Curriculum & Instruction approach the end of their coursework (46 credits completed), and prior to the Dissertation proposal meeting, they will contact their committee chair to discuss the content and format of the required written and oral comprehensive examinations. The comprehensive exams must be completed by the posted Graduate School deadlines.
The PhD degree must meet the minimum requirements in the For Doctoral Students section of the Graduate School's website. Additional requirements for the PhD degree beyond these minimums are available through the Department of Education. All PhD degree candidates are expected to be familiar with both The Graduate School's degree requirements listed here: http://www.montana.edu/gradschool/policy/degreq_doctoral.html and Department of Education degree requirements listed on the department website.
Dr. Nicholas Lux, Program Leader