Department of Education
UC Irvine Graduate Division
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697
PhD w/ a specialization in either (a) Learning, Cognition and Development, or (b) Educational Policy and Social Context, or (c) Language, Literacy and Technology
UC Irvine's full-time Ph.D. in Education Program provides all students a core knowledge of the requisite educational theory and research, while allowing focus in one of three areas of specialization. Each student's program of study is developed in coordination with a faculty advisor/mentor and is designed to help the student conduct research in their resoectuve area of specialization. During the first 2 years, students take coursework, combining core courses, research methods courses, specialization courses, a directed research sequence and electives. As part of both the first and second year coursework, students have the opportunity to engage in a variety of year-long research projects under the direction of faculty.
In the fall of the second year, students present findings, via posterboards, about their first year research. At the beginning of the third year, students will submit an empirical research paper of publishable quality. Midway through their third year, students submit a theme essay, which can be a conceptual paper, a policy paper, or a course outline.
During the third year, the student will work on their proposed dissertation allowing them to advance to candidacy and begin research and writing of their dissertation, typically a 2 year endeavor. Average time for advancement to candidacy is 3 years and, 5 years for completion of the degree. Students entering the program with a strong background in their area of specialization may be able to complete degree requirements sooner. Please refer to our Student Handbook for more detail of the PhD degree program.
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Loans Offered: Tuition assistance is available through student loans
Locale: Midsize City