The PhD in Education, option in Social Foundations of Education, is an interdisciplinary
degree that focuses on the diverse factors and social issues that shape education.
You will explore how historical, philosophical, sociocultural, political, economic
and international forces shape educational processes as well as how education shapes
society. Our graduates strive for a more equitable, just, peaceful and democratic
society and world and pursue careers as educators, leaders, community activists, policy
makers and analysts and research scholars.
To ensure maximum flexibility, courses in this 69-hour program are offered in varied formats, such as online, face-to-face and
hybrid. Degree completion includes 15 hours of doctoral dissertation as well as the
following social foundations core curriculum:
Common Program Core: Knowledge base including foundations of inquiry and diversity and equity issues in
You will have opportunities to conduct, present and publish research with faculty
and fellow students. Research interests of our experienced and internationally-known
faculty include comparative and international education, diversity and equity issues,
religions, gender, women’s and sexuality studies and education policy and practice.