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Education, Ph.D.

Progression in Education

This research-oriented program is designed primarily, though not exclusively, for students who want research and/or teaching careers in higher education. You will design and implement original dissertation research addressing a specific problem or issue in education, and become proficient in advanced statistical and qualitative research methodologies. Your work should lead to publishable articles in national and international peer-reviewed journals.

Fast Facts

  • Colllege of Education is an accredited college. 
  • A Ph.D. is a terminal  degree.
  • Classes are available on line and face-to-face.
  • Classes are delivered in Boise, Coeur d' Alene, Idaho Falls, and Moscow.
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Potential salaries are based
upon national averages.
Job Placement Projected jobs by 2020 will be over 2 million in the United States for people with a Ph.D or Ed.D in Education.  
Degree Roadmap Procedures for students to obtain a Doctoral Degree download (PDF) the College of Education Doctoral Guide
Degree Prep In order to be considered for doctoral study (Ed.D. or Ph.D.), all potential students (including those who have already earned a graduate degree at the University of Idaho) must meet the following criteria and complete application requirements which have been established by the College of Graduate Studies and the College of Education.
  •  An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.80 or higher for the last 60 semester credits and a graduate cumulative GPA of 3.50.
  • International students are required to submit TOEFL (or equivalent) scores showing a required minimum score of 550.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be provided. Preference will be given to applicants with combined Verbal + Quantitative score of 1050 or above.
  • Evidence of at least three years of teaching and/or professional experience (the faculty within each program area may require or accept an alternative experience)
  • 3 letters of recommendation documenting primarily the applicant's professional work performance and, secondarily, academic qualifications.
  • Writing sample (previous academic, scientific or professional writing example)
  •  Application fee as indicated on the College of Graduate Studies website.
  •  Change of Curriculum form (required for only those students who have earned either a master’s or educational specialist degree).
Scholarships Visit the Financial Aid office for available scholarships.
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Hands-On Learning The Ph.D. candidate will be required to complete an immersion experience consistent with their professional goals, including full-time residency or another significant experience determined by the program. The immersion experience should be aligned with the mission of the degree and the goals established for the degree and the students' professional aspirations. The experience will have measurable outcomes, which can be used to assess the candidate's progress and proficiency. Each experience is unique; please check with the program if you have questions.

More information about this please read through the Doctoral Handbook.