Ph.D. in Education (w/ spec. in Educational Policy and Theory) (AT1)

(as of 11/08/2013)

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the AT1 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Optional Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation [EV1] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching [OT1] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools [OT3] (3+ Additional Credits)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 90 credits. The detailed AT1 Program of Study Form shows the additional requirements for the program option(s)/extension(s). When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed AT1 Program of Study Form.

Entry Level Courses   

Up to 30 credits in entry-level/advanced coursework in education or related fields. (NOTE: Often these credits are transferred in from previous graduate programs.)

Research Methods Courses   
ED506 Concepts and Issues in Social Science Research
ED504 Quantitative Research Methods
ED507 Qualitative Research Methods
ED528 Using Quantitative Data Analysis Software (1 credit)

Program Core   

Choose one course in the area of educational policy; eligible courses include:
EDU413 Contemporary Issues in Education Policy
ED464 State and Federal Education Policy
EDU492 Governance, Policy, and Administration of Higher Education
ED513 Academic Writing for Educators

Choose four additional courses, one each from four key areas identified in Note 3.

Milestones and Dissertation Research   
EDE560 Portfolio Review: Ed Leadership
EDE554 Comprehensive Exam Research: Educational Policy & Theory PhD

At least one advanced research methods course, as most appropriate to support the chosen dissertation topic; eligible courses include, but are not limited to:
ED505 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
ED527 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
ED523 Mixed Research Methods

Choose a combination of ED 595: Ph.D. Research (Dissertation) (at least 15 credits recommended), ED 596: Research Apprenticeship (0-12 credits), ED 591: Independent Study, and/or other courses related to your dissertation, for a total of 27 credits.


Choose electives to help you develop content and research methods expertise to prepare for a dissertation on a topic addressing educational thought and policy (as needed to reach minimum of 90 credits total).


1. 6 credits must be taken outside the Warner School. Advisor may make exception in rare circumstances for one of the two courses.

2. ED595: Ph.D. Research (Dissertation) can only be taken after completing the comprehensive exam.

3. In addition to educational policy, students in this program are expected to gain complementary perspectives from different disciplines. As part of their core program, students must take one course each from four of the following six areas:

- Sociology - eligible courses include:
- ED412 Sociology of Education
- EDE451 Organizational Theory

- Law and Governance - eligible courses include:
- EDE466 Educational Legal Theories and Policies
- ED490 Higher Education Law

- History - eligible courses include:
- EDU493 History of Higher Education

- Economics/Finance - eligible courses include:
- EDU411 Education Finance Issues in K-12 School
- EDU496 Fiscal Policy Issues in Higher Education
- EDU504 Economics of Education

- Politics - eligible courses include:
- ED461 Politics of Education

4. Comprehensive Exam Registration:

Candidates may register for 0-6 comprehensive exam credit hours in a given semester. Candidates may not register for more than 6 total comprehensive exam credit hours during their program.

Candidates undertaking their comprehensive exam and who wish to maintain full-time enrollment can register for one of the following additional designations: ED999 or ED998.

Candidates cannot register for ED593 Ed.D. Research (Dissertation) or ED595 Ph.D. Research (Dissertation) until they have completed their comprehensive exams.

Advisors will record a grade of Incomplete "I" until the candidate has completed all requirements of the comprehensive exam. Advisors will record a grade of "S" when the candidate has passed, in full, the comprehensive exam. Advisors will record a grade of "E" when the candidate has failed the comprehensive exam. Candidates who earn a failing grade on the comprehensive exam will be withdrawn from their program.

5. By choosing specialization courses and electives appropriately, students can reduce the number of additional credits required to complete an optional Advanced Certificate as an enhancement to this degree. If interested, be sure to discuss options with your advisor early in your program. Please note, though, that field experiences and other internships (identified by a course number starting with EDF) are not counted as coursework by New York State, and therefore cannot be counted as electives.

Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences). When that is the case, we have listed these requirements but also indicated that they are not a graduation requirement.

  • B.A. or B.S. Degree
  • Portfolio Evaluation Successful completion of a portfolio within the first two years in the program.
  • Research Apprenticeship
  • Comprehensive Exam (see program notes for how to register for exam)
  • Dissertation Proposal Exam (also referred to as "Qualifying Exam")
  • Dissertation Defense
  • Residency Year (i.e. two consecutive semesters full-time)