Doctoral Degrees

Students seeking admission to the doctoral program in the College of Education, the Graduate Guide  will guide students through the steps necessary to be considered.

The guide contains important information about the doctoral programs in the college and helps students through the steps from admission to defense dissertations. The guide has policy and procedures, which students need to be aware of and adhere to, as well as advice to plan out student programs, meet the requirements of the College of Education and College of Graduate Studies, and ultimately defend dissertations.

Athletic Training
The Doctor of Athletic Training (DAT) program boasts a hybrid of online and on-campus instruction over a 24-month period. The University of Idaho DAT program includes four weeks of on-campus instruction each summer followed by off-campus clinical residencies in the fall and spring. During the clinical residencies, online course work is delivered with the goal of advancing each student's clinical practice skills.

Adult, Organizational Learning and Leadership
Doctor of Education or Doctor of Philosophy in Education degrees are tailored to working professionals seeking expertise in adult and organizational learning, teaching and training. Areas of emphasis are adult learning and literacy education, organizational learning and human resource development.

Professional-Technical and Technology Education

A Doctor of Education or Doctor of Philosophy degree in this program emphasizes practical application critical for success in public and private employment settings. This graduate program is designed with flexibility that permits each student to pursue individual concentration, including Business and Marketing Education, Professional-Technical Education and Technology Education.

Educational Leadership
A Doctor of Education or Doctor of Philosophy degree with an emphasis in educational leadership prepares personnel for specialized positions in education who are planning educational careers and who show promise in theory development and research and seek to provide administrative leadership.

Curriculum and Instruction
A Doctor of Philosophy degree with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to give additional graduate preparation to those who wish to continue work in K-12 schools or at the university level. These degrees also prepare one for educational research positions with government, business, or non-profit agencies.

Special Education

A Doctor of Education or Doctor of Philosophy degree with an emphasis in Special Education prepares special educators for positions of leadership in schools, state agencies, colleges and universities. There is a major emphasis on research, university level teaching and systems change.

Exercise Science and Health
A Doctor of Philosophy in Education with an emphasis in Exercise Science prepares students to teach, conduct research, and provide services related to exercise science disciplines in higher education and other exercise-related institutions. Students may choose to emphasize biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control or sport psychology.


Sport Pedagogy and Character Education
A Doctor of Philosophy in Education with an emphasis in Sport Pedagogy and Character Education prepares individuals to lead, serve and research learning and teaching as applied to character and value laden issues in physical activity.

Professional Practices Doctorate
The Professional Practices Doctorate (Ed. D.) is an applied research degree that provides students with the opportunity to perform research within the context of their chosen profession.

For more information about our Ph.D. programs visit Twila Brown in the College of Education.