Doctoral Programs

Doctoral (Ph.D.) Degree programs offered by UMass Amherst College of Education

The College offers the PhD in education, which replaces the previously offered EdD. The doctoral degree program of study is designed to prepare leaders who will advance educational theory, practice, and policy through scholarship and disciplined inquiry. Graduates assume leadership roles in university, educational agency, and PK-12 settings. Within the framework of the College requirements and with the advice and approval of a doctoral guidance committee, candidates plan a program of study commensurate with their academic needs and professional goals. Such programs usually involve at least three years of course work beyond the Master's degree or equivalent. Students are expected to spend at least two consecutive semesters in full-time study, participate in research, become familiar with contemporary problems in education, and take a comprehensive exam prior to writing a dissertation.

The College of Education is committed to supporting scholarship and outstanding doctoral education. Research-oriented, doctoral concentrations enable doctoral students to work closely with a strong cadre of faculty in a community of scholars to generate knowledge leading to improved educational theory, policy and practice. Doctoral study prepares students for careers as education faculty, researchers, leaders, and policy developers. 

Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration (EPRA)

Higher Education Revolutionizing the field by working for social justice and equity in educational institutions.
International Education

Critically engaging with development issues related to equitable and quality educational outcomes around the world.

Research, Educational Measurement, & Psychometrics Improving education through advancements in psychometric models, statistical techniques, and educational research/evaluation methods.

Department of Student Development (SD)

School Psychology (APA accredited) Improving the education of children through the development of more effective ways of defining, measuring, and addressing learning difficulties and problems.
Social Justice Education Understanding of various manifestations of social oppression in educational settings, and the advancement of educational opportunity and equity.
Special Education Creating improved educational outcomes for students with disabilities through advancements in research that lead to the development of evidence-based practices in assessment and evaluation, intervention, and leaders.

Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies (TECS)

Children, Families and Schools

Developing more effective approaches to the promotion of learning and development in young children.

Language, Literacy and Culture Developing language and literacy in first and second languages, bilingual and multicultural education, and children's literature.
Mathematics, Science, and Learning Technologies Improving the learning and teaching of mathematics and science.
Teacher Education and School Improvement Preparing reflective, informed, and research-oriented scholars and practitioners in the fields of teacher education, teacher development, and school improvement.