Doctor of Philosophy

Program of Study

The Ph.D. program in Career and Workforce Education is a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. The program emphasis is on helping doctoral students bridge theory, research, and practice around the conceptualization, planning, organization, delivery, and evaluation of career and workforce education systems, programs, and practices.

Doctoral students are expected to complete a program of study including the following components: A common core requirement, research preparation, a concentration core, a cognate, and a dissertation component. A minimum of 70 credit hours is required to attain the doctoral degree in CWE as outlined below.

Program Components

Common Core Requirement - 3 credit hours

EDG 7067: Philosophies of Inquiry (3 credit hours)
The purpose of this course is to introduce doctoral students to different approaches to educational research and to alternative frames for criticism, including postpositivism, constructivism, poststructuralism, pragmatism, critical theory, narrative, race and gender, ethics, and aesthetics.

This course sets the stage for the program introducing students to a critical foundation of scholarly development and allows students to engage in critical thinking about ways of knowing and doing that are central to knowledge production and research preparation.

Research methods and tools - 25 credit hours minimum

Students in the program will build a strong research preparation to facilitate their scholarship development and completion of dissertation work. The research core represents a minimum of 25 credit hours including 19 hours of research methods and 6 hours of applications. Depending upon individual needs, students may opt to take additional coursework in addition to minimum requirements to reinforce their research preparation.

Research Methods (19 Hours Minimum) 

EDF 6407: Statistical Analysis For Educational Research I (4 credit hours)
This course explores the theory and application of statistical procedures to problems in education, such as (1) descriptive statistics, (2) probability-sampling distributions, (3) inferential statistics-interval estimation, and tests of significance (z, t, F-one way ANOVA). 

EDF 7408: Statistical Analysis For Educational Research II (4 credit hours) 
This course explores the theory and application of statistical procedures to problems in education, such as (1) ANOVA-factorial; ANCOVA and (2) multiple correlation and regression, a specific technique and a general approach to data analysis. 

EDF 7410: Design Of Systematic Studies In Education (4 credit hours)
This course explores the theory and application of major design models to systematic inquiry, from experimental to naturalistic models. Also discussed is the nature and role of sampling in systematic studies.

EDF 7477: Qualitative Research in Education Part I (4 credit hours) 
First of two sequenced seminars examining the theoretical and pragmatic aspects of conducting qualitative research in educational settings.

A specialized research method course chosen with program coordinator (3 credit hours)

Tools and Applications (6 Hours Minimum)

ECT 7791: Research Seminar In Vocational, Technical, And Adult Education I (3 credit hours) 
This course explores the examination and critical evaluation of research in a particular specialization area of Vocational, Technical, or Adult Education. Preparation of an individual research prospectus.

ECT 7791 Research Seminar in Career and Workforce Education II (3 credit hours)
This course explores the examination and critical evaluation of research in a particular specialization area of Vocational, Technical, or Adult Education. Preparation of an individual research prospectus.

Career and workforce education Concentration courses - 30 credit hours

Primarily, the program seeks to facilitate knowledge production about the organization, implementation, and evaluation of career and workforce education programs and practices. In addition, doctoral students are also expected to develop specific understandings in a Career and Workforce Education area of interest as part of their cognate. The Career and Workforce Education concentration represents a minimum of 30 credit hours including 18 hours of Career and Workforce Education core courses and 12 hours of cognate coursework.

Required Career and Workforce Education Core Courses (18 Hours Minimum)

ECW 7066: Foundations And Philosophy Of Vocational, Technical And Adult Education (3 credit hours)
This course explores the historical development and contemporary philosophies, cultural bases and practices of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education.

ECW 7168: Instructional Development For Vocational, Technical, And Adult Education (3 credit hours)
This course explores systematic approach to vocational, technical, and adult education curriculum improvement and instructional development. Students will apply an instructional systems approach to the development of practical solutions to critical teaching and learning problems.

ECW 7167: Career Development in Career and Workforce Education Change (3 credit hours) 
This course provides an overview of major theories of career development, examines related research in career and workforce education context, and addresses the implications for integration in the curriculum and service supports in different settings.

ECW 7105: Vocational And Adult Education Program Planning And Implementation (3 credit hours)
This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the initial determination, planning, organization, and implementation of new or expanded adult, vocational and technical education institutions or programs.

ECT 6766: Emerging Workplace Competencies (3 credit hours)
This course is an interactive exploration of emerging workplace competencies through research, analysis, and work-based experiences for the purpose of professional development and program improvement.

ECW 7195: Comparative Study of Career Workforce Education Systems (3 credit hours) 
This online course provides an overview of global perspectives and models for career and workforce education with an emphasis on comparative analyses of national, state, and international systems.

Cognate Courses (12 Hours Minimum)

Selection of courses to be determined depending on a student's individual interests (12 credit hours)

Dissertation

ECT 7980: Dissertation (12 credit hours) 

Upon successful completion of program coursework, students take a qualifying examination to be eligible for doctoral candidacy. Once in candidacy, students enroll in ECT 7980: Dissertation for a minimum of 2 credit hours each semester and complete at least 12 dissertation hours to be eligible for graduation.

TOTAL = 70 credit hours

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