Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

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Doctor of Philosophy in Education




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

Achieve one of the ultimate degrees available in the education field. Earn your Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education. Attain the expertise to advance your position, further improve your credentials, or seek a career in an educational institution.


Degree Objective

The PhD in Education is designed for students with career aspirations and research interests related to education. Graduates of the PhD in Education program will be able to:

  • Evaluate foundational and current theories and practices, and issues and trends for designing and implementing educational strategies;
  • Advocate convincingly for the leveraging of social and cultural diversity in offering education in organizations;
  • Design policies and initiatives that are fundamental to ethical and legal practice in educational settings and learning communities;
  • Propose strategies for effective solutions to societal problems through evidence-based application of educational research; and
  • Apply diverse methods and principles of inquiry, discovery, evaluation, and original scholarship to educational research questions and practices.

Career Opportunities

  • School Leader
  • District Office Administrator
  • Program Director
  • College Dean
  • School Board Member
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Educational Consultant
  • Education Policy Analyst
  • Preschool and Childcare Center/Program Administrator
  • Elementary or Secondary School Administrator
  • Postsecondary Education Administrator
  • Instructional Coordinators

Graduation Requirements

To fulfill the requirements for the PhD in Education, 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**; and
  • 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 the In-Residence Workshop requirement.

***As a requirement for graduation from University of the Rockies with a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), each student must complete and successfully defend a dissertation. The purpose of the Dissertation is to ensure that the student has mastered the ability to pursue a systematic investigation, which examines significant issues or problems in applied psychology. The Dissertation requirement is also designed to contribute to the student's knowledge, skills, and research expertise in psychology. Students choose a topic that addresses carefully chosen research questions that the student then investigates with quantitative or qualitative research, with a meta-analysis, or with a program design or program evaluation. Prerequisites, timelines for completion, and attendance requirements for Dissertation, as well as a detailed explanation of each step in the process, are described in the Dissertation Handbook.

Online Schedule

Your course schedule is flexible. Take online courses one at a time. Online courses are offered in an accelerated six-week format and can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dissertation courses are nine weeks in length.


Your faculty members all have earned doctorates and have recent experience practicing what they teach. At University of the Rockies, both the theory and its practical application are taught. Your instructors will enliven your discussions and enhance your feedback with real-world lessons from their workplace experience.

* Licensure Information


This program of study does not meet, nor is intended to meet, the requirements for professional licensure in the State of Colorado. The Doctor of Philosophy in Education program is not a licensure program.


The Doctor of Philosophy in Education program is not a licensure program. University of the Rockies cannot confirm whether its courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure in your state. For information regarding professional licensure requirements in your state, you should contact the applicable licensing board or agency in your state and determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where you reside.

Additional information will be provided to you when you contact the school and during your first term in your program of study. Visit the link below for more information.

An online degree from the University of the Rockies 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 the University to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. University of Rockies 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 the University'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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