The University of Delaware offers a new innovative Ph.D. in Economic Education, run jointly by the Department of Economics and the School of Education and designed to train the next generation of leaders in this important and fast-growing field.
Traditionally, professionals and scholars in Economic Education have been trained in either Economics or Education, with little or no meaningful formal training in the other area. This is no longer an adequate model for training economic educators: the increasing complexity and importance of economics in today’s world requires a new generation of scholars and leaders who have a deeper understanding of both economics and education. Economic Education includes two distinct competencies, one in Education that involves primarily the teaching of economics in K-12 settings and one in Economics that involves education public policy issues (i.e., school financing, vouchers, testing, human capital development) and also the education production process at both the K-12 and post-secondary levels. This innovative new PhD program in ECONOMIC EDUCATION, jointly run by the Department of Economics and the School of Education, will bridge the gap between these related disciplines.
Graduates of the program will have a wide range of professional and academic employment opportunities, including University Departments of Economics and Education; Centers for Economic Education (approximately 300 nationally, most affiliated with universities); education units within regional Federal Reserve Banks and other private sector businesses and foundations with an interest in economic and financial literacy; school districts and state departments of instruction; and education consulting and evaluation firms.
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education
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