HOW TO GET A DOCTORATE DEGREE IN EDUCATION
A doctoral degree represents the highest level of education a student can obtain in an academic subject. Individuals with PhDs are considered experts in their field of knowledge and are often called upon to provide expertise on a specific problem they can help with. In this article, we will explain how to get a Ph.D. We’ll cover each step in the process, as well as how long it will take to earn a doctorate in education.
WHY DO A DOCTORATE DEGREE IN EDUCATION
People pursue a doctorate in education for many reasons. For some, a doctorate in education is a great way to advance in a career field. For example, a PhD or EdD degree is often preferred by universities when evaluating candidates for professorships. Others earn a doctorate in education to become a knowledge expert in their field, giving them a comprehensive understanding of the problems they may encounter on the job and how to solve them. For other students, a doctorate may be a personal goal.
7 STEPS TO OBTAINING A DOCTORAL DEGREE IN EDUCATION
Admission requirements to a doctoral program may vary from school to school, but below are the general steps to complete to earn a doctorate in education.
Earn a bachelor’s degree:
A student begins their journey to a doctorate by first earning a bachelor’s degree. At this initial stage, students can earn a degree in any subject they choose and still qualify for a PhD in Education.
Earn a Master’s Degree in Education:
The next stage on the path to a doctorate in education is earning a master’s degree. At this stage, it is recommended that the student obtain a master’s degree in an educational subject. Selection committees for a competitive doctorate in education programs look very closely at the graduate work a student has completed when deciding whether they will be a good fit for their program.
Decide if a PhD or EdD is right for you:
After obtaining a master’s degree, a student should decide which type of doctoral program is right for him. Drexel offers PhD and EdD programs in education. A Phd in education program prepares students who are interested in research, while an EdD is often designed for students who want to put knowledge into practice in their field. To find out which program is right for you, we encourage you to visit our EdD vs. PhD.
Take the GRE:
A GRE score may or may not be required for admission to a doctoral program. At Drexel, GRE scores are required for admission to the PhD in Education program, but not required for the EdD in Educational Leadership and Management program.
Apply for doctoral programs:
After a student has decided what type of doctoral program to pursue, they should begin researching doctoral programs that match their interests. Drexel’s EdD program offers several concentration areas that allow students to focus their studies on a specific area of interest.
When a student enters a doctoral program, they are often paired with a supervising professor with experience in the subject in which they are interested. At the application stage, students should research the faculty to identify a possible supervising professor.
In addition to identifying the program, students should check the admission requirements very carefully and gather all the necessary documents. This often includes a resume, letters of recommendation, and essays. Students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree from Drexel University’s School of Education can view the EdD requirements and PhD requirements for admission.
Complete work in a doctoral degree program:
Once accepted into a doctoral program, a student completes coursework and develops and submits a dissertation proposal. A PhD can take a student 3-5 years to complete, depending on whether the student takes part-time or full-time courses. At Drexel, a student completes a total of 74 credits to earn a PhD in Education, or 60-61.5 credits for an EdD degree.
Complete and defend your dissertation:
After completing the research and educational foundation courses, the student will write and defend his dissertation. A student typically spends their final year in the program researching a problem they have identified in the field of education. The student records his findings in his dissertation and submits it to the assigned dissertation committee. Along the way, the student will have regular contact with their supervising professor to ensure they are on track with their research and preparing their dissertation correctly. Once a student has successfully defended their dissertation research, they have officially completed the program. They will attend commencement where they will receive their doctorate from their teaching professor.
ADVANCE YOUR CAREER WITH AN EARNED DOCTORATE FROM DREXEL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF TEACHING
Drexel offers Phd in Education and EdD in Leadership and Management education programs. The PhD is available in person in both full-time and combined form so that students can complete their studies in a way that suits them. Drexel’s part-time EdD program offers 3-year and 5-year study plans and is available fully online or in a hybrid format with students coming to campus three times per quarter.