School of Education
Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
To meet the needs of working professionals, the program follows a schedule of alternate weekend classes that convene nine times a semester (Friday evenings and all day Saturdays). See our Teaching Weekend schedule.
There is also an option to obtain a Loading... (9 credits).
The emphasis of the Learning and Instruction doctoral program is on understanding the practical application of the research on theories of instruction, teaching, and learning, and preparing doctoral candidates to contribute to future research in these areas.
Students can complete the doctoral program in five years or less, depending upon how many courses are taken a semester. A typical program of study over five years is described below.
Courses may be taken from any department in the School of Education (including L&I)
Course descriptions are available in the Loading....
The cohort of first year students takes the four required foundation core courses (Applied Educational Statistics, Research Methods in Education, Cognitive Psychology and Psychological Foundations of Education).There are specified requirements for each course which are included in the students' qualifying portfolio. All students are conditionally admitted until they pass the portfolio review process. Once they pass the portfolio review, students are fully admitted into the Learning & Instruction doctoral program.
We require students to take Advanced Statistics in the fall of their second year and Educational and Psychological Measurement in the spring of their second year. Additional courses taken in the second year are arranged in consultation with the students' advisor.
Students continue to take additional coursework which fulfills their individual needs and interests. Most students are ready to take the Dissertation Proposal Seminar in the spring of their third year.
Students may complete their coursework in year four and enroll in Dissertation Proposal Development.
Students complete the program by successfully defending their dissertation research in Dissertation Research and Writing. Many students are able to devote year five to working solely on their dissertation, but some students may still have one or two regular courses to complete.