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Doctoral Student Profile

In an effort to specify the knowledge and skills which a student should have on leaving his or her doctoral program, the School of Education faculty has developed the following list as a "profile" of the graduating doctoral student.
dixon_speakerThis profile supplements the mission statements of both the School of Education and the University. The School of Education faculty has agreed that doctoral students completing their program should show substantial growth in their ability to:

Apply research and inquiry skills in fields of education:

  1. Conduct thorough, high quality data searches and retrieval.
  2. Have a strong grasp of prominent research methodologies.
  3. Have an in-depth expertise in at least one research methodology.
  4. Read and use empirical research in education.
  5. Apply research to professional practice.
  6. Write and defend an original piece of research.

Show sensitivity to persons of cultures and ethnic backgrounds different from their own:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively across cultures.
  2. Understand cultural and ethnic characteristics that affect teaching and learning.
  3. Have an awareness of the necessity for just, inclusive, and ethnically sensitive language.

Follow ethical standards in academic and professional work in education:

  1. Understand and apply ethical practices in research.
  2. Show sensitivity to the ethical assumptions and moral considerations underlying educational decisions.
  3. Be able to focus school communities or community agencies on local, national, global, ethnic and cultural needs.
  4. Understand the need for individuals and groups within school communities or other community agencies to act with integrity.

Master historical background information, current issues and theories in the field of education and psychology:

  1. Have knowledge of a variety of educational theories.
  2. Link theory with practice in the field of education.
  3. Write effectively and persuasively.
  4. Can write and speak intelligently about current issues in education and have the ability to apply theory and research to these issues.
  5. Demonstrate academic competence in all coursework.

Make appropriate use of educational technology:

  1. Can apply technology to support educational endeavors.
  2. Select appropriate technological services to support their professional work.
  3. Be aware of current software in their professional field.
  4. Have the ability to use technology to access library resources.

Gain personal awareness and engage in a process of continuous self-development:

  1. Collaborate well with others in educational fields.
  2. Articulate clearly an educational mission and philosophy.
  3. Attempt to publish articles and present findings at conferences.
  4. Show social and personal responsibility.
  5. Develop an awareness of personal beliefs, values, and experiences in order to know one’s own and appreciate those of others.

Understand the place of service in education and attempt to provide such service to appropriate educational publics:

  1. Exhibit a generosity in service to others.
  2. Show an ability to involve students, parents, and faculty in educational service to appropriate communities.
  3. Have a special sensitivity to the underserved, the poor, and those treated unjustly.