Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The doctoral program in Educational Studies is committed to preparing a new generation of researchers, educators and leaders by engaging them in critical inquiry of educational issues and needs germane to large cities of the 21st century. 


Important dates

  • January 15: Application due for consideration in the fall cohort

Concentrations with Plans of Work

Curriculum and Critical Social Inquiry

Plan of Work for Curriculum and Critical Social Inquiry

Reading, Literacy and Literature

This program prepares graduates to research and teach in literacy and literature, including pk-12 literacy, teaching and learning, children's and adolescent literature, English education, and curriculum design and evaluation. The program emphasizes urban inquiry, faculty collaboration, and the exploration of literacy and literature to advocate for social change.

Plan of Work for Reading, Literacy and Literature

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

This program prepares graduates for careers as researchers, school leaders, policymakers, and STEM education entrepreneurs. Students in the STEM concentration investigate teaching, learning, and assessment; policy and practice; the design, development, and enactment of STEM curricula; equity and social justice. Students receive rigorous training in research methods, including participation in faculty-led research projects. The program emphasizes issues of diversity, inclusivity, culture, and identity in the context of STEM education and research.

Plan of Work for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Admission requirements

  • Undergraduate GPA - 3.0; Graduate GPA - 3.3
  • Formal letter of application
  • Academic writing sample (note: instructions on the application)
  • Autobiographical statement (cover sheet and narrative; note: instructions on the application)
  • Letters of recommendation: two academic and one professional (note: Submitted through application process)
  • Application fee (note: fee is waived for WSU graduates)
  • At time of application, students select an area of concentration

Admission decisions are made once per year for the doctoral program. All application materials must be completed and submitted by the application deadline (above) for fall admission in the following academic year.

Course and curriculum requirements

Coursework requirements Credit hours minimum
Major field (concentration) 16
Doctoral seminars 8
Research techniques 15
Electives (Need to reach at least 90 credit hours for full program) Varies
Minor field/cognate (optional) (12)
Dissertation course credits (Required by Graduate School) 30
Total 90

The Educational Studies Handbook provides students with a chronological set of requirements and procedures from the start of their program to their application for graduation with a completed degree.



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The College of Education educator preparation programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  


Jennifer Lewis, Ph.D.
Associate professor and program coordinator

Teacher Education Division
Phone: 313-577-0902


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