The Ph.D. progarm offers 4 emphasis areas: Counseling, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; Educational Psychology, Teaching-Learning Processes.
The Ph.D. program is designed for graduates to attain the following learning outcomes:
* Understand the major theories in their primary and secondary disciplines.
* Attain a breadth of knowledge in education in general and a depth of knowledge in the primary discipline.
* Think critically.
* Locate literature in the primary and secondary disciplines.
* Understand research methods in education.
* Conduct research.
* Demonstrate leadership skills and attributes.
The Ph.D. program in counseling is based on a researcher practitioner model; it is primarily designed to train researchers, scholars, academians, and highly skilled practitioners. The faculty members of the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy believe that individuals seeking Ph.D. training should be trained well to perform activities valued in academic, research, and service-providing settings. The Ph.D. deepens a student's understanding and builds refined research, teaching, supervision, and counseling skills. The University of Missouri—St. Louis (UMSL) Ph.D. program holds advanced accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); other than the counseling Ed.D. at UMSL, it is the only doctoral counseling program in Missouri that holds CACREP accreditation. The faculty members of the Department aspire to provide a nationally recognized and valuable doctoral degree program. Many graduates of the program are practicing counselors or counselor educators. Graduates of the doctoral program have been placed in academic positions at major universities throughout the USA.
There is a need today for strong leaders in educational organizations and institutions. A doctoral degree provides you with strong theoretical and conceptual underpinnings that support your work in your organization and provide you with the research knowledge and skills needed to begin your own scholarly work within a university setting. Graduate students seeking the doctoral degree in Education with a concentration in Education Administration are those interested in PreK-12 leadership. Earning the Doctor of Education (Ed.D) or the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) allows the student to seek certification for leadership positions such as superintendent, assistant superintendent, directors or consultants in the areas of administration, curriculum and or professional development. Some graduates with the Ed.D or the Ph.D. in Educational Administration have been able to secure positions of leadership in other fields as well.
Doctoral studies in educational psychology is an exciting and rewarding effort. Educational Psychology is a branch of psychology that focuses on psychology in education. It includes the social, emotional and cognitive processes that are involved in learning throughout the entire lifespan. The focus of educational psychology also incorporates a number of other disciplines, including developmental psychology, behavioral psychology, cognitive psychology, neuro-education, and psychological measurement and assessment. Educational psychology is the study of the similarities and differences among individuals that guides educators to know how to promote learning and enhance motivation and informs them about which instructional and assessment strategies support students' learning and development. Studying with experts in the field will give you in depth knowledge in these areas and provide with the needed expertise to change the way we work youth and adults.
Pursuing your doctorate is often a daunting prospect. However, once you make the leap to becoming an expert in your area of interest, you will see how exciting the world of research can be and the difference it can make to you and your organization. Our faculty provides you with the support you need to accomplish your goals, learning the research and scholarly practice needed to succeed. In the area of teaching and learning, you are free to explore a diverse realm of topics that support new and transformational instructional practice, connect with people you may not have connected with before both nationally and locally, and take risks to try new innovations based on strong theoretical and conceptual underpinnings.
HLC, NCATE, CACREP
International Student Requirements:
6.5 score on IELTS test
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
# of Credits Required: 90 hours post-baccal
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 415.20 instate & 608.40 for nonresidents USD
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive
Locale: Large Suburb
Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999