Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education 

The doctoral program in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development is a research-intensive program that leads to a Ph.D. in Education. Graduates of our program are prepared for academic and research careers, and our program offers the following:

  • Apprenticeships with top scholars across fields of study in education and human development
  • Career mentoring in the professional work of publishing, teaching, presenting, and grant-writing
  • Disciplinary research concentrations in teaching & learning, education policy & leadership, and the applied physiology content areas of metabolic energy expenditure & performance, autonomic function and thermoregulation, and global health innovations.

Program Structure

Doctoral students must complete a minimum of 54 credit hours during a three-year full-time program prior to the dissertation year. Students must enroll in a minimum of 9 credit hours of coursework per term and be full-time residents in the Dallas area for the first three academic years of the program. In addition to coursework, students apprentice for 20 hours each week on research projects during the academic calendar year, for which they typically receive fellowship stipends, benefits, and waived tuition.

The program is a model in which students complete a core set of courses as a cohort and a unique set of electives and research experiences. The core curriculum includes the following courses:

  • Quantitative Statistics for Educational Research (with lab)
  • Intermediate Quantitative Statistics in Education (with lab)
  • Assessment Methods I
  • Quantitative Research Methods I
  • Quantitative Research Methods II
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education
  • Synthesis and Integration
  • Foundations of Educational Research
  • Seminar in Educational Research
  • Program Evaluation
  • Advanced Methods (as determined by the student and advisor)

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements include the following milestones:

  • 60 hours of coursework (up to 6 credit hours can be transferred)
  • Qualifying exams
  • Major area paper
  • Conference presentation
  • Manuscript submission
  • Dissertation with an oral defense
  • Teaching competency