Doctoral Programs

Aurora Kamimura

With a passion for assisting underrepresented and underserved students by helping to provide them with opportunities for educational success, doctoral student Aurora Kamimura explores learning in all disciplines by working collaboratively.

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The University of Michigan School of Education produces the nation's leaders and best in the fields of education. In our doctoral programs, all students are encouraged and expected to think rigorously; to understand and appreciate the craft of scholarship and research; to demonstrate interest in and a capacity to make a difference in education; to be committed to diversity; and to have aspirations to become leaders of the highest integrity. It is the goal of our doctoral programs to produce leaders, researchers, policymakers and others who will assess, understand, and advance education both in this country and worldwide.

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies

Educational Policy, Leadership, and Innovation

This program prepares aspiring educational researchers, policy makers, leaders, and reformers to take on the most formidable challenges currently facing US public education. Students develop the knowledge, capabilities, and relationships needed to collaborate with other reformers in advancing new visions for US public schools in dynamic educational, social, and political contexts. The program focuses specifically on building cultural foundations, technical capabilities, and political structures that value, support, and empower diverse students, families, and communities.

Educational Foundations and Policy

This program brings various disciplinary perspectives—such as history, philosophy, political science, and sociology—to bear on the analysis of educational theories and practices. This concentration includes an educational policy studies component and an option for cultural studies in education.

Learning Technologies

This concentration prepares students to become educational leaders who understand the role that technology can play in the learning process. Our hands-on programs connect practice and practitioners in every area of inquiry, including the research, design, development, and implementation of powerful technologies that enhance learning.

Literacy, Language, and Culture

This concentration focuses on issues of language and literacy learning, both typical and atypical, in school and community settings. We approach these issues from a range of perspectives, including sociocultural, cognitive, and developmental theories and methods.

Mathematics Education

The concentration in Mathematics Education prepares scholars to work as researchers, expert practitioners, or policy professionals with a special focus on the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Science Education

This program prepares scholars and researchers to explore issues in science education that have an impact on the teaching and learning of science. A primary focus is exploration of important questions that can impact children, science teachers, and science classrooms as well as informing other scholars in the field of science education.

Teaching and Teacher Education

This concentration prepares scholars for practice, research, and policy work in teaching and the preparation of teachers.

Education and Statistics (Dual Degree)

The program, offered in collaboration with the university's Department of Statistics, leads to a master of arts in statistics and a doctor of philosophy in educational studies. In this program, students are engaged with the best thinking in applied statistics across a range of departments while applying their technical interests to challenging applied problems and methods in education.

Individually Designed Concentration

Current or prospective doctoral students whose research interests cut across the designated doctoral concentrations may, in collaboration with a faculty committee, create an individualized program and set of requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy in English and Education

English and Education

This program, drawing upon resources in both the Department of English Language and in the School of Education, prepares students with prior teaching experience to assume positions as professors of English and/or professors of Education.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Psychology

Education and Psychology

This interdisciplinary program, cosponsored by the School of Education and the Department of Psychology, focuses on psychological science and problems of education.

Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education

Academic Affairs and Student Development

This program focuses on the teaching and learning mission of colleges and universities, and on the communities in which this central function occurs. Scholarship in this concentration includes academic programs and curriculum; student learning and development; student access, adjustment, and achievement in higher education; teaching and research processes; college and university faculty; and leadership in administrative units with teaching and learning responsibilities.

Organizational Behavior and Management

Students and faculty in this concentration explore and research the administration, governance, management, leadership, organizational strategy, planning and budgeting, and institutional research and assessment of postsecondary educational organizations.

Public Policy in Postsecondary Education

This concentration includes studies of the social, economic, and political factors that affect postsecondary institutions, particularly the impact of local, state, and federal policies on students, faculty, and other constituencies.

Research, Evaluation, and Assessment

Students in this concentration develop the conceptual and technical skills necessary to produce the highest quality research on higher and postsecondary education, including applied research related to institutional research, educational and administrative evaluation, program review, and assessment of teaching and learning.

Individually Designed Concentration

Current or prospective doctoral students whose research interests cut across the designated doctoral concentrations may, in collaboration with a faculty committee, create an individualized program and set of requirements.

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