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2010-2011 Graduate Catalog 
2010-2011 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Major, PhD – Learning Environments and Educational Studies Concentration

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The doctoral program with a concentration in learning environments and educational studies is designed to ground advanced students in theoretical, philosophical and research foundations of human learning and development, cultural and social contexts of learning, the design process of learning environments, and skills for inquiring into and critiquing these environments. The program prepares graduates to work in high level professional careers in a wide range of settings such as higher education, K-12 education, community-based agencies and community-based participatory research, research institutions and other applied educational, social and political settings.

Students select a primary specialization of 18 hours in one of three areas: (1) cultural studies, (2) human learning and development, or (3) instructional technology. They also select a secondary specialization of 12 hours in an area that will support their individual interests. Students are encouraged to obtain a graduate certificate in qualitative research methods, quantitative research methods, or program evaluation. Coursework consists of:

  Hours Credit
Concentration core 9
Primary specialization 18
Secondary specialization 12
Research methods 15
Electives 6
Dissertation 24
  Total Hours 83

The program features

    • Emphasis on participatory theories of learning, social justice, and innovative uses of technology
    • Mastery of two related areas of specialization selected by each student
    • Interdisciplinary research team involvement in design, analysis, presentations at regional and national conferences, and publication of studies
    • Focus on learning in community through a two year interdisciplinary seminar
    • International and intercultural atmosphere
    • Opportunity to gain higher education teaching experience

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