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Ph.D. Overview

graduate student in classroomThe Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree emphasizes basic research and is intended for students who seek a focus on educational research and scholarship. Areas of specialization are: Reading Education, Mathematics Education, Language Arts Education, Science Education, Multicultural Education, Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, Secondary Education, General Curriculum and Instruction, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Social Studies Education, Foreign Language Education, and Economics Education.

Doctoral work includes at least 36 credit hours in the major, additional hours in basic and applied research skills, and a dissertation involving original research in the student's specialization.

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An update on C&T faculty-conducted research: Last May, Dr. Barbara Bradley was awarded a $135,000 grant from the National Endowment for Financial Education to study young children's development of financial and college-bound identities. The project is collaborative with researchers from the School of Social Welfare, the Departments of Sociology and Linguistics, & the School of Education. Her study is part of a larger project providing savings accounts and financial education to kindergartners in the LPS and following the children and their family members for several years to look at outcomes related to financial and college-bound identity formation in 2 experimental groups and one control group.
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