Doctor of Philosophy in Education - Distance Learning



Program disclosures for Denver Campus
Program disclosures for Online

This program is not intended to lead to certification or licensure.*

Make connections with your Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education, Distance Learning Specialization.

This advanced curriculum provides you with the skills to demonstrate your leadership as you transform educational policy. Discover new ways to bridge the digital divide. Assess root causes of educational problems. Apply theory and research to solve emerging educational challenges. And take on social problems, too, by developing and disseminating innovative educational solutions.

Complete advanced courses online. Your curriculum features in-residence workshops and a strong research component. You will reach the pinnacle of achievement when you research, write, and defend your dissertation.

Graduation Requirements

To fulfill the requirements for the PhD in Education, Distance Learning Specialization, you must successfully:

  • Complete program coursework of 59 credits*
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00
  • Complete three non-credit In-residence Workshops**
  • Complete dissertation requirements***

** For the PhD in Education, you are required to attend three in-residence weekend workshops in Denver, CO. Please refer to these Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about this in-residence workshop requirement.

*** Students can refer to these Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about dissertation.

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Licensure Information

An online degree from the University of the Rockies (UoR) does not lead to teacher licensure in any state. If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at UoR to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. UoR graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of UoR's online education programs are CAEP,* TEAC, or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study. All prospective students are advised to visit the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) and to contact the licensing body of the state where they are licensed or intend to obtain licensure to verify that these courses qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits in that state prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state's policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.

*The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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