Secondary Education: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in secondary education may be completed with specializations in English, mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, physics) or social studies. The program is ninety-nine (99) hours above the bachelor's degree. Candidates in the program acquire deeper and broader skills and knowledge as they pertain to the specific content chosen and the secondary curriculum. Doctoral level classes generate and utilize research, apply research and theory in curriculum development and communicate ideas through writing and speaking with other professionals in the field.
Applicants to the program must meet these requirements:
- 3.5 GPA on all previous graduate coursework
- 2 years teaching or relevant experience (letter from employer on letterhead)
- Competitive GRE score
- Hold AA License (or eligibility for) in the content or related area
- Admissions statement/Writing Sample
- Preliminary written exam and interview
- Two (2) Graduate Reference Forms
- March 1 (summer and fall admission)
See the Graduate Handbook for information on completing the application process.
Graduates in the Ph.D. program in secondary education may assume positions as faculty at other universities, or they may choose to return to the public secondary school arena as more knowledgeable teachers, curriculum coordinators or in other leadership roles.
Online/Regional Campus Options
The Ph.D. in secondary education is only offered at the Oxford campus. There are some online courses available and a number of courses needed are taught at the regional campuses. Typically a candidate may take one third of the needed hours either online or at the regional campuses.