University of Vermont

College of Education and Social Sciences

Doctoral Programs in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Program Elements

Ph.D. Program Elements

Primary Career Intention

  • Research and teaching positions in higher education, and research positions in state and national government agencies, and public and private research organizations or centers.

Purpose and Emphasis

  • Preparation of professional researchers, scholars, and faculty competent in conducting and sharing research.
  • Focus on research training that uses advanced quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches to add to theoretical practical and knowledge.

Time Commitment

  • Full-time study (4-5 years)

Applicant Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a related field is preferred with prior graduate and/or undergraduate work characterized by strong academic record and potential for scholarly inquiry.
  • Demonstrated commitment in letters of application and references and candidate interview to social change and justice.
  • Research interests compatible with CESS faculty.
  • Strong potential for academic writing.

Type of Candidate Preparation

  • In-depth understandings of systems change, leadership, and policy in order to conduct high quality research.
  • Candidates will be mentored in conducting independent research, presenting papers at professional conferences, and submitting their work for publication.

Dissertation Expectations

  • Journal Article format with a focus on original research illustrating mastery of competing theories with the goal of informing knowledge (per Graduate College guidelines). This format requires that the candidate will complete 1-3 journal articles with the goal of manuscript submission for publication in a refereed journal.

Knowledge Assessment

  • Written and oral assessments provide evidence of understanding of the theoretical and conceptual knowledge in the field and of competence in conducting research to acquire new knowledge with the goal towards publication, dissemination, and utilization.

Research Methods

  • Courses develop competencies in research design, analysis, synthesis, and dissemination.
  • Research questions are theory-driven.


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