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Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Practice

The Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Practice meets the interests and professional needs of future scholars in the areas of teaching and learning (across various subjects, in- and out-of-school contexts, and ages/grades); teacher education and development (across various subjects and professional levels); and social, cultural, and critical studies in education

The program includes the following course components:

  • Core program coursework focused on theoretical, philosophical, and sociological foundations of education research and practice;
  • A research core that provides the methodological competencies to produce original research as well as the ability to critically evaluate published scholarship;
  • A specialization area, which may include: teacher education, education policy, multicultural education, critical theories and pedagogies, mathematics education, science education, English education, social studies education, and language/literacy studies
  • Mentored research and teaching practicum

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Practice, graduates will be prepared to:

  • understand and interpret scholarship on theory, policy, and practice in education as the basis for growth over a professional career
  • critically evaluate scholarship, policy, and practice in order to promote equity, access, and social justice in educational settings
  • plan for, conduct, and report on original research that advances the field of education
  • demonstrate skills as educators—including designing, implementing, evaluating, and revising educational experiences

The program serves as a source of preparation for students toward careers as higher education faculty, education researchers, policy analysts, and work with other educational organizations (e.g., non-profits).

Program Contact

Matthew Campbell

Dr. Matthew Campbell, Program Coordinator

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education
604O Allen Hall
304-293-4714
mpcampbell@mail.wvu.edu