Ph.D. in Education

Ph.D. in Education

Ph.D. in Education

The Ph.D. in Education offers concentrations in higher and postsecondary education, counselor education, literacy education, and special education. Our students are tasked with responding to the region's, nation's, and world's most persistent educational challenges, those that obstruct access, success, and equity in traditionally underserved communities.

Program features include:

  • Dedicated research and teaching sequences in which students learn to become professors and researchers through the instruction and mentorship of established faculty members; and
  • Structured opportunities to publish, present at conferences, and contribute to the grant writing process.
  • Our students are prepared to train future generations of students, contribute meaningfully to academic discourse, and influence policy-making with the intent of providing equitable outcomes for all educational stakeholders.

The program offers students:

  • A highly structured mentorship program that prepares students to be professors and researchers. A multi-disciplinary approach to the study of education.
  • Intensive teaching and research sequences that ingrain innovative and rigorous andragogical practices and research skills.
  • A specific focus on addressing persistent social justice concerns in education.
  • Established local and regional partnerships that provide the context for students' learning and research efforts.


The Ph.D. in Education is a multi-disciplinary research-focused degree anchored in the educational complexities of access, success, and equity that is designed to prepare candidates globally to assume roles as faculty and researchers in one of four concentrations: Counselor Education, Literacy Education, Higher and Postsecondary Education, and Special Education. The unique underpinning of this program is the intersection of two primary research foci: (1) a commitment to redressing systemic and persistent barriers to quality education and (2) a dedication to using rigorous empirical research with area schools, districts, colleges, and other educational partners to improve equity in educational outcomes. The Ph.D. offers its candidates opportunities to engage in research, college level teaching, and clinical experiences that respond to the regions and the nation's persistent challenges with educational access and equity in traditionally underserved communities.

The following courses make up the Ph.D. in Education.

  • Core Courses: 18 s.h.
  • Research Courses: 12 s.h.
  • Concentration Specific Courses: 21 s.h.
  • Dissertation: 21 s.h.
Core Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
CASE 90800 Current Issues and Research in Access, Success, and Equity in Education 3
CASE 90801 Research Seminar in Access, Success, and Equity 3
CASE 90802 Internship in the Academic Profession, Professoriate, and Promoting Student Success 3
CASE 90803 Equity, Success, and Access Educational Research 3
Core Research Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
CASE 90810 Quantitative Research Methods in Education 3
CASE 90811 Multivariate Research Methods in Education 3
CASE 90812 Qualitative Research Methods in Education 3
CASE 90813 Survey Research Methods in Education 3
CASE 90814 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Education 3
CASE 90815 Single Subject Study Design in Education 3
CASE 90816 Mixed Methods Research in Education 3
CASE 90817 Experimental Design Research Methods in Education 3
Concentration Courses: Counselor Education
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
CASE 90820 Advocacy, Leadership, and Professional Issues in Counselor Education 3
CASE 90821 Advanced Practicum in Counseling for Equitable Career and College Readiness 3
CASE 90822 Advanced Theories of Individual and Group Counseling for Academic, Social/Emotional, and Career Development 3
CASE 90823 Supervision in Counselor Education 3
CASE 90824 Advanced Theories in Family and Systems Counseling, Consultation, and Community Engagement for Educational Access 3
CASE 90825 Practicum in Counseling Supervision 3
CASE 90826 Advanced Assessment and Program Evaluation Procedures in Counseling for Access, Equity, and Success 3
Concentration Courses: Higher & Postsecondary Education
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
CASE 90830 Foundations of Student Access, Retention, & Equitable Outcomes in Postsecondary Education 3
CASE 90831 Organizational Analysis and Administration of Postsecondary Education 3
CASE 90832 International and Comparative Higher Education 3
CASE 90833 Public Policy and Analysis in Postsecondary Education 3
CASE 90834 Student Learning & Development: Impact of Postsecondary Education 3
CASE 90835 Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks in Higher Education 3
CASE 90836 Assessment and Evaluation in Postsecondary Education 3
Concentration Courses: Language & Literacy
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
CASE 90840 Theoretical Perspectives in the Study of Literacy 3
CASE 90841 Transliteracy and Translingualism 3
CASE 90842 Multicultural and Multilingual Issues in Literacy Education 3
CASE 90843 Literacy as Practice in and Outside of School 3
CASE 90844 First and Second Language Acquisition 3
CASE 90845 Children's Literature and Literacy Theory 3
CASE 90846 Sociolinguistics and Discourse Analysis 3
Concentration Courses: Special Education
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
CASE 90850 Access, Success, and Equity in Special Education 3
CASE 90851 Research to Practice in Special Education 3
CASE 90852 Program Evaluation and Planning in Special Education 3
CASE 90853 Leadership, Policy, and Ethics in Special Education 3
CASE 90854 Personnel Preparation and Effective Teaching in Special Education 3
CASE 90855 Evidence Based Practices in Special Education 3
CASE 90856 Current Issues in Special Education 3
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
CASE 90890 Dissertation Research 21

* CASE 90801 and CASE 90802 are required to be taken twice.

*Only one course is required from the following: CASE 90813, CASE 90814, CASE 90815, CASE 90816, or CASE 90817

Total Program Semester Hours: 72

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Typewritten Statement of Professional Objectives (1,500 words max.): Why are you applying to a program that focuses on access, success, and equity?

  • Recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (On a 4.0 scale)

  • Three Letters of Recommendation

  • Academic Writing Sample

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the Ph.D. in Education program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall September 1 February 15