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Interdisciplinary PhD
in Education

Example Plans of Study

Following admissions, each student will develop a plan of study in consultation with the student’s advisor and doctoral committee. Each plan of study will include:

  • The theoretical foundations core, consisting of one course chosen from options listed for each of the four major areas of emphasis, plus “The Nature of Inquiry” seminar.
  • The research core, consisting of five courses (Introduction to Research, Statistical Methods 1, Qualitative Methods, Statistical Methods 2 or Advanced Qualitative and one elective research methods course).
  • Mentored Research (six credits) and Mentored Teaching (six credits).
  • Six credits of required coursework, plus 24 credits of selected coursework in the major area of emphasis.
  • Candidacy examinations developed by the student’s advisor and committee members under guidelines approved by the faculty members most involved in the major area of study.
  • A dissertation prospectus, dissertation research and defended dissertation, all approved by the student’s advisor and committee.

These plans are only hypothetical examples and a student’s individual course of study might vary from the examples as determined by the student and doctoral committee.

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Theoretical Foundations Core 
EDLS 650 Higher Education Administration 
EDP 700 Psychological Foundations of Learning 
SCFD 600 Sociology of Education 
HDFS 793a Families and Human Development in Educational Contexts 
SCFD 781, 782, 783 Seminar: Nature of Inquiry

Research Core 
EdP 612 Introduction to Educational Research 
EdP 613 Statistics I 
EdP 614 Statistics II 
SCFD 615 Qualitative Research 
Elective in Survey Research

Mentored Teaching Practicum 
12 credit hours (6 hours in each area) in Teaching and Research Activities

Major Area of Emphasis 
Two required courses (six hours) in: 
EDLS 693X History of American Higher Education 
EDLS 693A Contemporary Issues in Higher Education

Eight additional courses (24 hours) from the following: 
SCFD 640 History of American Education 
EDLS 651 College Student Development 
EDLS 654 College Student Affairs 
EdP 703 Adult Learner 
C&I 707 Theories, Models, and Research of Teaching 
EDLS 752 Governance in Higher Education 
EDLS 755 Higher Education law 
EDLS 693M Diversity in Higher Education


Learning, Instructional Design and Technology

Theoretical Foundations Core 
EDLS 603 Principles of Educational Leadership 
EDP 700 Psychological Foundations of Learning 
SCFD 620 Philosophy of Education 
HDFS 793a Families and Human Development in Educational Contexts 
SCFD 781, 782, 783 Seminar: Nature of Inquiry

Research Core 
EdP 612 Introduction to Educational Research 
EdP 613 Statistics I 
SCFD 615 Introduction to Qualitative Methods 
EdP 713 Single Case Research Design 
SCFD 715 Advanced Qualitative Methods

Mentored Teaching Practicum 
12 credit hours (6 hours in each area) in Teaching and Research Activities

Major Area of Study 
Two Required Courses (six hours) in: 
EdP 640 Instructional Design 
EdP 740 Principles of Instruction

Eight additional courses (24 hours) from the following: 
IDT 600 Theories and Models 
IDT 740 Design Studio 
EdP 702 Human Development and Learning 
EdP 730 Cognition in Social Contexts 
EdP 703 Adult Learner 
Psy 732 Behavior Theory and Philosophy 
Psy 745 Seminar in Life Span Developmental Psychology 
C&I 707 Theories, Models, and Research of Teaching 

Curriculum, Literacy and Cultural Studies

Theoretical Foundations Core 
EDLS 603 Principles of Educational Leadership 
EDP 700 Psychological Foundations of Learning 
SCFD 600 Sociology of Education 
HDFS 793a Families and Human Development in Educational Contexts 
SCFD 781, 782, 783 Seminar: Nature of Inquiry

Research Core 
EdP 612 Introduction to Educational Research 
EdP 613 Statistics I 
EdP 614 Statistics II 
SCFD 615 Qualitative Research 
SCFD 715 Advanced Qualitative Methods

Mentored Teaching Practicum 
12 credit hours in teaching and research activities

Major Area of Study 
Two required courses (six hours) in: 
SCFD 620 Philosophy of Education 
C&I 701 Curriculum Development

Eight additional courses (24 hours) from the following: 
SCFD 640 History of American Education 
C&I 707 Curriculum Theories and Models 
C&I 708 Contemporary Determinants in Curriculum 
C&I 689 Education that is Multicultural 
EDP 617 Program Evaluation 
SCFD 700 John Dewey Seminar 
EDP 640 Instructional Design 
HDFS 793b Families/Human Development in Rural and Appalachian Contexts 

Human Development and Family Studies

Theoretical Foundations Core 
EDLS 603 Principles of Educational Leadership 
EdP 700 Psychological Foundations of Learning 
SCFD 600 Sociology of Education 
HDFS 793a Families & Human Development in Educational Contexts 
SCFD 781, 782, 783, Seminar: Nature of Inquiry

Research Core 
EdP 612 Introduction to Educational Research 
EdP 613 Statistical Methods I 
EdP 614 Statistical Methods II 
SCFD 615 Qualitative Research Methods 
SCFD 715 Advanced Qualitative Research

Mentored Teaching Practicum 
12 credit hours in Teaching and Research Activities

Major Area of Study 
Two required courses (six hours) in: 
HDFS 793b Families/Human Development in Rural & Appalachian Contexts 
HDFS 793d Human Development within Families

Eight additional courses (24 hours) from the following: 
CDFS 645 Socioemotional Development of the Child/Adolescent 
CDFS 648 Theories of Child/Adolescent Development 
CDFS 649 Socialization Processes and Social Contexts 
EdP 617 Program Evaluation 
EdP 702 Human Development and Learning 
EdP 711 Multivariate Methods I 
CPSY 734 Multicultural Psychology 
CPSY 738 Life Span Psychology 


Program approved by West Virginia University Board of Governors on February 15, 2008.