The program includes the following course components:
- Core program coursework focused on theoretical, philosophical and sociological foundations of education research and practice.
- A research core that provides the methodological competencies to produce original research as well as the ability to critically evaluate published scholarship.
- A specialization area, which may include: teacher education, education policy, multicultural education, critical theories and pedagogies, mathematics education, science education, English education, social studies education and language/literacy studies.
- Mentored research and teaching practicum.
Upon completion of the PhD in Educational Theory and Practice, graduates will be prepared to:
- Understand and interpret scholarship on theory, policy and practice in education as the basis for growth over a professional career.
- Critically evaluate scholarship, policy and practice in order to promote equity, access and social justice in educational settings.
- Plan for, conduct and report on original research that advances the field of education.
- Demonstrate skills as educators—including designing, implementing, evaluating and revising educational experiences.
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Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first-
and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.