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Curriculum

Ph.D. in Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies

The Ph.D. program of study combines formal coursework and informal experiences.

The program requires successful completion of 74 credits, distributed among the following areas:

  • Breadth and Depth in Education and Educational Research (12 Credits)
  • Research Core (20 Credits)
  • Content Concentration (27 Credits)
  • Mentored Research Experiences (6 Credits)
  • Dissertation Research (9 Credits minimum)

Research preparation is the foundation of the Ph.D. program. Students begin research activities during the first year of the program, and continue to develop their skills by conducting various research projects with School of Education faculty, presenting research findings at conferences and writing research papers, culminating with the dissertation work.

The program is designed to immerse the student in educational content, inquiry and methodology, so as to ask critical questions and design procedures to conduct research.

For course descriptions, please see the Drexel University Course Catalog.

Breadth and Depth in Education and Educational Research - 12 credits

Code Name Credits
EDUC 750 Current Issues in Education Seminar* 3.0
Elective Courses (in consultation with advisor) 12.0

Research Core - 20 credits

Code Name Credits
EDUC 803 Educational Research and Design I 3.0
EDUC 810 Educational Research and Design II 3.0
EDUC 809 Introduction to Data Analysis in Educational Research 3.0
EDUC 835 Quantitative Research Methods & Data Analysis 4.0
EDUC 836 Qualitative Research Methods & Data Analysis 4.0
EDUC 815 Writing for Research and Publication 3.0

Concentration Courses - 27 credits

Upon entering the Ph.D. program, students select one concentration.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Concentration

Code Name Credits
EDUC 840 Theories of Individual Cognition in STEM Education 3.0
EDUC 842 Social Foundations and Group Cognition in STEM Education 3.0
EDUC 844 Creativity and Innovation in STEM Education 3.0
Independent Study/Electives in STEM Education
(selected in consultation with faculty advisor)
12.0
Electives from Outside the School of Education
(selected in consultation with faculty advisor)
6.0

Educational Leadership Concentration

Code Name Credits
EDUC 800 Educational Leadership and Change
3.0
EDUC 801 Creative Strategies for Educational Leaders
3.0
EDUC 804 Creativity and Innovation in STEM Education
3.0

Independent Study/Electives in STEM Education
(selected in consultation with faculty advisor)
12.0

Electives from Outside the School of Education
(selected in consultation with faculty advisor)
6.0 

Guided Research Experiences - 6 credits

Code Name Credits
EDUC 799 Independent Study: Learning through
Problem-based Research*
1.0-3.0

Doctoral Seminar and Research - 9 credits

Code Name Credits
EDUC 880 Doctoral Seminar*
1.0
EDUC 998 Ph.D. Dissertation*
1.0

*May be repeated for credit